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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 11:00 - 11:45


Ichikawa Ebizo, Kabuki Actor

(The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation)

"Modernizing the Kabuki Tradition"

Few people are better qualified to explain the time-honored Japanese theater of Kabuki as Ichikawa Ebizo XI. The inheritor of a 300-year-old family acting dynasty, Ichikawa comes to the Club to give his thoughts on how he intends to expand Kabuki's appeal by modernizing it while protecting its deep traditions.

The 41-year-old, who has also built a career in film and television, recently said he would assume the Ichikawa clan's most prestigious stage name of Danjuro next year. His five-year-old son will inherit the family lineage, taking over the acting pseudonym Shinnosuke, which is father used from 1985 to 2004.

Father and son made the announcement on stage at the prestigious Kabukiza Theater in Ginza at the end of a New Year performance series there. Ebizo, whose real name is Takatoshi Horikoshi, will be the 13th Ichikawa Danjuro. His father held the Danjuro title until he passed away in 2013.

Ebizo will undertake a three-city tour in February and March. It is the third in a series of tours launched in 2015, in a bid to mix with trendy performers and producers from different genres and update the tradition. In recent years, he has worked hard to reintroduce the values of kabuki to young generations. Since his 2004 performance at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, he has also taken the stage abroad in London, Monaco, Amsterdam, Rome, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and New York City. In 2007, France awarded him L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his work.


5F Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg., 3-2-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005

Doors open for TV crew at 10:15, For all others at 10:30, still cameras included.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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