Discover fascinating insights into traditional Japanese onnagata with kabuki actor Kazutaro Nakamura who performs as Richard III in Sandaime Richard. He will introduce this iconic art form and show why onnagata – male actors who play female roles in kabuki theatre – are still revered as cultural icons in Japan today. You will also get a chance to learn more about how the feminine is stylised and manifested in kabuki – from the vocal expressions, to the stance that suggests the female body, to the delicate movements.
In Japanese with English translation.
Born in 1990, Nakamura Kazutaro I is the son of famous Japanese traditional artists, Nakamura Ganjiro IV (formerly Nakamura Kanjaku V) from kabuki and Japanese classical dancer Azuma Tokuho II. Kabuki Living National Treasure Sakata Tojuro IV is his grandfather. Kazutaro has been achieving recognition of late for being one of the most expressive actors in his young generation with much hope for his future as a kabuki star. He is very active as a kabuki actor, playing mostly female onnagata roles but occasionally performing male roles as well. He has also been on NHK radio for several years as the host of “Hogaku Jockey”, a programme featuring interviews with a wide variety of guests and recordings of traditional Japanese music.