in memoriam A Kabuki Innovator, Nakamura Kanzabur XVIII, Dies Too Young: Where Does Kabuki Go from Here? Laurence Kominz Laurence Kominz is the Japan editor for Asian Theatre Journal. He teaches at Portland State University and is associated with Waseda University Theatre Museum. Kabuki actor, producer, and director Nakamura Kanzabur XVIII passed away on 5 December 2012, at age fifty-seven, of acute respiratory failure following a half-year battle with throat cancer. Kanzabur was not just another kabuki star, he was the soul of the art for a huge number of fans, and the hope for kabuki moving in new directions in the future. The "XVIII" indicates that he was the eighteenth-generation actor to bear this name, and his branch of the Nakamura family has owned theaters, managed companies, and directed plays since the early seventeenth century, as well as occasionally providing star actors for the stage. Our Kanzabur was more, and did more, than all of the above. At the same time that he assiduously studied the work of his illustrious father and other actors of the preceding generation, Kanzabur's dedication to kabuki's heritage as a commoners' art and his sense that kabuki needed to move in new
Asian Theatre Journal – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 14, 2013
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