KATAOKA NIZAEMON XV

Stage names:

Kataoka Nizaemon XV
Kataoka Takao

Real name: Kataoka Takao

Guild: Matsushimaya

Line number: J█GODAIME (XV)

Birthday: 14 March 1944

Connections:

Great-great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I

Great-grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII

Grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon XI

Father: Kataoka Nizaemon XIII

Brothers: Kataoka Gat˘ V, Kataoka Hidetar˘ II

Son: Kataoka Takatar˘

Grandson: Kataoka Sennosuke

Career:

September 1949: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Nakaza in ďsaka, playing under his real name in the play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

March 1955: Takao plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Sankichi in the "Shigenoi Kowakare" scene of the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna"; the role of Shigenoi is played by Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.

March 1958: Takao takes part in the final Kabuki performance at the ďsaka Kabukiza [more details].

August 1965: Takao achieves a great success at the Nakaza by playing for the first time the role of Kiso Senj˘ Yoshikata in the drama "Yoshikata Saigo"; it becomes one of his atariyaku.

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].

April 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Yari no Gonza Kasane Katabira"; Takao plays the role of Iwaki Jimbei [casting].

June 1971: revival at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ of the drama "Banshű Sarayashiki"; Takao plays the role of Asayama Tetsuzan [more details].

April 1976: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Takao plays the roles of Inugami Hy˘bu and Koheiji [casting].

April 1977: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ II's drama "Kimi-wa-Fune Nami no Uwajima"; Takao plays the roles of Ochi Buemon and Gengor˘ [casting].

February 1979: revision by Uno Nobuo at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Sanzes˘ Nishiki Bunsh˘"; Takao plays the role of Rokusa [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.

January 1994: Takao is back on stage at the Kabukiza, triumphantly performing in the dance "Omatsuri".

January 1998: Kataoka Takao takes the prestigious name of Kataoka Nizaemon XV at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Matsu˘maru and Fujiya Izaemon in the dramas "Terakoya" and "Kuruwa Bunsh˘".

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".

April 1998: Nizaemon celebrates his shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza, playing the roles of Matsu˘maru in "Terakoya" and Kameya Chűbei in the "Fűin Giri" act of the play "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai".

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".

October 1998: Nizaemon celebrates his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza, playing the roles of Fujiya Izaemon and Sukeroku in the dramas "Kuruwa Bunsh˘" 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).

February 2000: Nizaemon celebrates his shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza, playing the roles of Matsu˘maru, Mashiba Hisayoshi and Kameya Chűbei in the dramas "Terakoya", "Sanmon" and "Fűin Giri".

15 December 2006: Nizaemon joins the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).

Comments:

Kataoka Nizaemon XV is an amazing tachiyaku and one of the most popular contemporary actors. Do not miss him when he performs in duo with the onnagata actor Band˘ Tamasabur˘.

Kataoka Nizaemon XV playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the drama "Terakoya" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2010) all rights reserved)

The Kataoka Nizaemon line of actors

 
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