Grand Japan Theater
Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall – 57th Street at 7th Avenue
Under the auspices of the Consulate General of Japan in New York and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and presented by 3Top Co. Ltd in association with the Japanese American Association of New York, Grand Japan Theater highlights traditional Japanese music by showcasing three different traditional Japanese theatrical art forms: Kabuki, noh, and kyogen. It marks the first time in America where the three disciplines share the stage of the same venue on the same day. It is an occasion that is rare, even in Japan.
Denjiro Tanaka, Artistic Director of the Grand Japan Theater, is the son of Tadao Kamei, a noh musician, and Sataro Tanaka, the daughter of kabuki musicians. His shared lineage made this collaboration possible.
The performance stars Ebizo Ichikawa XI, a 38-year-old kabuki actor who made his debut at the Kabukiza Theatre in 1983, playing the role of Harumiya in The Tale of Genji. In 2004 he became the first kabuki actor to hold commemorative performances at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, and he earned a nomination for the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for his work on the London stage in 2006. Ebizo is also a film and television star in Japan, starring in NHK’s “taiga drama” (historical fiction) MUSASHI, and his performance in Takashi Miike’s Ichimei (Harakiri: Death of a Samurai) garnered a nomination at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Noh actors Kurouemon Katayama, Kisho Umewaka, and Yoshimasa Kanze, and Kyogen actor Ippei Shigeyama have equally impressive pedigrees. Noh musician Tadao Kamei was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in spring 2012 and was designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) in 2002.