|NAKAMURA MATAGORď II|
Real name: Nakamura Yukio
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 21 July 1914 ~ 21 February 2009
Father: Nakamura Matagor˘ I
19 March 1920: his father Nakamura Matagor˘ I dies.
January 1921: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Ichimuraza, receiving the name of Nakamura Matagor˘ II.
February 1955: second edition at the Kabukiza from the 24th to the 27th of February of the Tsubomikai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI [more details]. It includes the revival of Sakurada Jisuke I's dance-drama "Kumo no Hy˘shimai" (entitled "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi") [casting] and Izumi Ky˘ka's drama "Tenshu Monogatari" is staged for the first time with Kabuki actors [casting]; Matagor˘ plays the roles of Susuki and Usui Sadamitsu in "Tenshu Monogatari" and "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi".
July 1955: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Takarazuka Theater of Uno Nobuo's drama "M˘moku Monogatari"; Matagor˘ played the role of Asai Nagamatsu [more details]. This drama was part of the first T˘h˘ Kabuki postwar performance. The T˘ky˘ Takarazuka Theater was taken over by the American occupation forces in 1945, becoming the Ernie Pyle Theater. It was forbiden to Japanese for 10 years and was finally given back to the T˘h˘ Company in 1955, which renamed it with its original name.
November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Mishima Yukio; Matagor˘ plays the roles of Awazu Shichir˘ and Sentar˘ [casting].
June ~ July 1960: Matagor˘ takes part in the first Kabuki tour in the USA; Matagor˘ plays the roles of Kamei Rokur˘, Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Tar˘kaja and Jiroku in the plays "Kanjinch˘", "Kanadehon Chűshingura", "Migawari Zazen" and "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame" [casting].
December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theatre with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; Matagor˘ plays the role of Tonami [casting].
April 1986: Kabuki tour in South America [more details].
June 1992: Matagor˘ takes part in a Kabuki seminar in France.
May 1997: Matagor˘ receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).
21 February 2009: Matagor˘ dies in T˘ky˘.
Nakamura Matagor˘ II was a talented veteran of the Kabuki world and a leading teacher at the National Theatre Actors Training Center. He devoted himself to nurturing future Kabuki actors while lecturing on the traditional performing art overseas to boost its recognition.
The Nakamura Matagor˘ line of actors
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