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Kazuyoshi Kushida and Kanzaburo Nakamura Contemporary Edo Kabuki “Heisei Nakamura-za” performs in Germany and Romania (from May 2008)
Heisei Nakamura-za
The Heisei Nakamura-za is a project begun in 2000 by Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII from a desire to revive in the present Heisei era the atmosphere of the “good old days” of Kabuki when it was performed in small makeshift theaters like the Nakamura-za in 17th century Edo (old Tokyo). To do this, Kanzaburo began holding performances in specially constructed temporary outdoor theaters. To date this series has included productions performances Kabuki standards like Yoshitsune Senbonzakura, Hokaibo, etc. staged with modern touches by the contemporary-theater director Kazuyoshi Kushida. The first overseas performances of Heisei Nakamura-za were held to high acclaim in New York in 2004. For this production, the same temporary (tent) facility that had been used for performances by the banks of the Sumida River in Asakusa, Tokyo, was taken to New York and set up in front of Lincoln Center. Now, as the first European tour of Heisei Nakamura-za, performances Summer Festival: A Mirror of Osaka are scheduled for May 14-21, 2008, at Berlin’s House of World Cultures (Germany) and for May 29-June 1, 2008, at the Sibiu International Theater Festival (Romania). Returning to Japan, the same production of Summer Festival: A Mirror of Osaka will be performed at the Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon in Shibuya, Tokyo, for June 10-29.
+Heisei Nakamura-za Summer Festival: A Mirror of Osaka
Director: Kazuyoshi Kushida
Starring: Kanzaburo Nakamura, Hashinosuke Nakamura, Kantaro Nakamura, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Takashi Sasano et. al.

· Germany performances
    Dates: May 14-21, 2008 (ten stages)
    Venue: The House of World Cultures, Berlin

· Romania performances
    Dates: May 29-June 1, 2008 (four stages)
    As a program of the Sibiu International Theater Festival

· Tokyo performances as Cocoon Kabuki
    Dates: June 10-29, 2008
    Venue: Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon