|KATAOKA NIZAEMON XV|
Kataoka Nizaemon XV
Real name: Kataoka Takao
Line number: J█GODAIME (XV)
Birthday: 14 March 1944
Great-great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I
Great-grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII
Grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon XI
Father: Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
Son: Kataoka Takatar˘
Grandson: Kataoka Sennosuke
November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Takao plays the role of prince Tokiyo [casting].
Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Takao plays the roles of Kamo no Jir˘, Yoemon and Gonsuke/Seigen in "Shibaraku", "Kasane" and "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘", which celebrate the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].
June 1986: Takao and Band˘ Tamasabur˘, a very popular and successful duo, play together in Paris (France) in the classic "Narukami"; Takao plays the role of Narukami and Band˘ Tamasabur˘ the one of princess Taema.
June 1989: the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘" using ďnishi Nobuyuki's script is staged for the first time with a full Kabuki casting, at the Shimbashi Embuj˘; Takao plays the roles of Tomoz˘ and Hagiwara Shinzabur˘ [casting].
December 1992 ~ December 1993: a serious illness prevents Takao from performing for a year.
February 1998: Nizaemon celebrates his second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Sukeroku in the dramas "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" (Kumagai Jin'ya) and "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hatsuzakura".
May 1998: Nizaemon celebrates his second month of shűmei at the Sh˘chikuza, playing the roles of Fukuoka Mitsugi and Sukeroku in the plays "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" and "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hatsuzakura".
December 1998: Nizaemon celebrates his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, playing the roles of Fujiya Izaemon and Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the dramas "Kuruwa Bunsh˘" and "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" (Kumagai Jin'ya).
15 December 2006: Nizaemon joins the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).
Kataoka Nizaemon XV playing the role of Fukuoka Mitsugi in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" in an illustration made by Sugimura Yoshikazu (1962~1998)
The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors
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