Nakamura Kanzaburo Kabuki actor

Nakamura Kanzaburo, the 18th generation Kabuki actor

Nakamura Kanzaburo, preparing his stage character's make-up.

Damrosh Park, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2004

Shichinosuke, his younger son, actor,

Damrosh Park, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2004





Nakamura Kanzaburo, in the open air backstage area, before returning to stage.

Damrosh Park, Lincoln Center,NYC, 2004.

Nakamura Kanzaburo just left the stage and is doing a costume 'Quick-Change' with his stagehands in the wings, to reappear moments later as a very different character on the stage.

Damrosh Park, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2004


Nakamura Kanzaburo has changed into a full body Irezumi (tattoo) costume before returning to the stage.

Damrosh Park, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2004


Nakamura Kanzaburo, after a 3 hour performance, back in his dressing room.

Damrosh Park, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2004


3 years later, Nakamura and his troupe were invited for new performances at Lincoln Center.

Nakamura Kanzaburo during dress rehearsal of the Kabuki play 'Hokaido',

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2007


Kantaro, his elder son, actor, in the make-up room,

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2007


Shichinosuke, his younger son, preparing for the stage

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2007.

Kantaro, Shichinosuke and the actor Kamezo in mirrors.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2007.




Kantaro during rehearsal of the Lion Dance.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2007.

In the wings of the stage, Nakamura Kanzaburo during a 'Quick-Change' during the performance of the Lion Dance.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC, 2007.



Nakamura Kanzaburo rehearsing his Kabuki play in the borrowed stage set of a just finished German 'Faust" performance, making for a mismatched set for a few days, while his temporary Kabuki stage is being built inside a neighboring metals factory.

Sibiu, Romania

Kabuki troupe actors on the side of the borrowed 'Faust' set, during rehearsals.

Sibiu, Romania

Yajuro, the Kabuki actor, concentrating backstage, before going onstage.

Sibiu, Romania

Sasano, the Kabuki actor, in costume waiting in the wings.

Sibiu, Romania

Senjaku, the Kabuki actor, in the wings.

Sibiu, Romania

Shichinosuke, his younger son, in Onegata costume (Woman's role) before going on stage, opening night.

Sibiu, Romania

Kanzaburo, moments before going on stage, in the wings of the newly built temporary Kabuki theater,

inside the available space of a metals factory.

Sibiu, Romania


Opening day, Kanzaburo in the wings of the newly built Kabuki theater,

 peeking in between 2 wall panels at the audience, as they are coming in for seating.


Nakamura Kanzaburo's fight scene on a ladder while holding a sword in his mouth


Kanzaburo during a sword fighting scene.

Sibiu, Romania

Final sword stab


Nakamura Kanzaburo, cleansing his soul with buckets of water, after having had to kill his character's father in a fight.

Sibiu, Romania




Curtain call


On Kanzaburo's one day off, I asked if I may do a personal portrait of him

in a 16th century Eastern Orthodox church that had given us permission.

Sibiu, Romania






Nakamura Kanzaburo in a 16th century Eastern Orthodox church.

Sibiu, Romania





Nakamura Kanzaburo in a 16th century Eastern Orthodox church.

Sibiu, Romania