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Nakamura Kanzaburo to give small-theater performance tour
 Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII has announced that he will undertake a Kabuki performance tour of eight locations where old Japanese-style small theaters from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods remain. The venues will include some of the most famous old theaters from around Japan, such as the oldest known theater in Japan, the Kanamaru-za built in 1835, the Yachiyo-za that just underwent major renovation in 2001 (built originally in 1910) and the Kaho Theater built in 1931 and recently renovated as a result of flood damage. Since Kanzaburo gave his first “Konpira Kabuki” performance at the Kanamaru-za in 1985, there have been cases of such performances in small old theaters from time to time, but this is the first such full-fledged performance tour. Kanzaburo is one of the key persons in the Kabuki world today, not only in terms of popularity and artistry but also for the new possibilities he continues to bring to Kabuki, as with his recent collaborations with contemporary theater figures such as the directors Hideki Noda and Kazuyoshi Kushida. One recent success that is still fresh in our memories is his Kabuki-as-entertainment production in New York in 2004, for which he created one of his “Heisei Nakamura-za” productions for a specially built temporary theater that was a recreation of the small theaters of the Edo period (17th and 18th centuries).
Performers: Nakamura Kanzaburo, Nakamura Senjaku, Bando Yajuro, Nakamura Kantaro, Nakamura Shichinosuke, others
Plays: Afternoon performance—Honcho Nijushiko, Migawari Zazen
Evening performance—Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura
Schedule: Korakukan (Akita Pref., built 1910): July 7-9
Higashi-za (Gifu Pref., built 1889): July 22 (for local citizens)
Meiji-za (Gifu Pref., built 1894): July 23
Yachiyo-za (Kumamoto Pref., built 1910): July 25
Kaho Theater (Fukuoka Pref., built 1931): Sept. 2-3
Konpira Grand Theater (Kanamaru-za) (Kagawa Pref., built 1835): Sept. 16-18
Uchiko-za (Ehime Pref., built 1916): Sept. 20
Aioi-za Mino kabuki Museum (Gifu Pref., moved and restored 1976): Sept. 23
Heisei Nakamura-za (Kabuki performances in a temporary theater created by modifying the gymnasium of the Doho Academy in Aichi Pref.): Sept. 24-27