|NAKAMURA SHIKAN VII|
Real name: Nakamura Eijir˘
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Existence: 11 March 1928 ~ 10 October 2011
Grandfather: Nakamura Utaemon V
Father: Nakamura Fukusuke V
Uncle: Nakamura Utaemon VI
Son-in-law: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII
1 August 1933: his father Nakamura Fukusuke V dies.
November 1933: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Kabukiza, where he receives the name of Nakamura Kotar˘ IV and plays in the drama "Kiri Hitoha".
12 September 1940: his grandfather Nakamura Utaemon V dies.
October 1941: Nakamura Kotar˘ IV takes the name of Nakamura Fukusuke VII at the Kabukiza.
March 1954: first edition at the Kabukiza from the 27th to the 28th of March of the Tsubomikai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI [more details]. It includes the revival of the dance-drama "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie" in which Fukusuke plays the role of the ama Murasame [more details].
December 1954: premiere at the Meijiza of Kawaguchi Matsutar˘'s revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which is entitled "Osan Mohei"; Fukusuke plays the role of Otama [casting].
April 1967: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Narikomaya and Kagaya guilds; Nakamura Fukusuke VII, Kagaya Fukunosuke, Kagaya Hashinosuke and Nakamura Tamatar˘ III respectively take the names of Nakamura Shikan VII, Nakamura Fukusuke VIII, Nakamura Matsue V and Nakamura T˘z˘ VI; Shikan's son Nakamura Kotar˘ V makes his first stage appearance. The new Shikan plays the roles of Omitsu and Princess Yaegaki in the dramas "Nozakimura" and "Jusshuk˘".
15 December 1989: Shikan joins the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).
1996: Shikan receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).
10 October 2011: Shikan dies of lung failure in T˘ky˘.
Nakamura Shikan VII was one of the most talented and experienced contemporary onnagata actors and the only one being able to play the difficult role of Kakuju in the "D˘my˘ji" act of the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". Some members of the audience used to shout "Kamiyach˘" during his performances - this was the name of his neighboorhood in T˘ky˘ and an original way to appraise this great actor.
The Nakamura Kotar˘ line of actors
The Nakamura Fukusuke line of actors
The Nakamura Shikan line of actors
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