01 Practicing classical Japanese dance in the 21st century: Balancing the demands of being a career woman and continuing the family legacy | Ume Nakamura (Part2)
Ume-san, the daughter of Nakamura-style Japanese dance that has been around since the 1700s, and the second generation Nakamura Umebuchi of the 8th generation Iemoto. In the first part, we talked about the origins of a dancer and the reasons for continuing a company employee. In the second half, I will go further and ask about the future that I want to create in the future.
What kind of dancer do you want to become?
Those who are in this world are only professionals who are engaged in art and are always refined. Those people must remain in the future. You can do good tricks because you're addicted. Traditional arts are passed down. My closest presence is my mother.
I think I can't go beyond that mother. My mother always respects me, but I've seen my mother who is addicted to performing arts. On the other hand, my father says I can do business. I wanted to be a dancer who took in various perspectives while looking at the world. I think that such a person is necessary inside.
It may not be the same way as my mother, but the desire to improve the world of dance is the same, and my respect for dance remains the same. I'm still dancing while I'm still working, but eventually I'm going to be my main business and make a decent money-making business and I want to tell people who have never known dance before.
I think it's the same with other traditional performing arts, but it's difficult to make it as a business because it's difficult to get the first person to perform even after a performance.
Although it is fresh, I think that if money goes around, it will be possible to develop better stages and better people. To that end, I think that people who don't know it must know and love it. I want more young people on both the dancing side and the viewing side, and I would like to create a world where people can enjoy it, although it may be unusual. I want to be a dancer who can do that.
Is there anything you want to do or want to do to improve the world of dance?
Recently, I try to connect with various people. I want to know more about the outside world. If you meet and talk, you know the existence of this world and that it will be wonderful, but you don't know the contents at all, you want to know. Some people give me.
The opinions from those people are very fresh. We have a way of thinking and ideas that are not understood by the human beings inside.
Every time, I think that there must be nothing to say. Even if the way you communicate is different, the way you feel is different depending on the person. Otherwise, the world of dance will disappear.
However, it is very difficult for people who don't know anything to know. Then, from the beginning, I would like to deliver this world to those who like it and those who have a little interest. Even if you like or are interested, the contents are too small to know. But first, if you know more about your favorite people, I think it will become a better world. I want to realize this by the age of 30.
In fact, there are many dances and songs that you can love if you know them.
For example, Dojoji. From the dancer's perspective, this is a program that everyone really admires. This is a story based on the legend of the Dojoji legend, but to put it simply, there is a monk who is unilaterally in love with a woman. But the monks don't like the woman in particular. It ’s chased like a stalker and runs away. Therefore, when she escapes to a temple called Dojoji, the woman keeps on fighting, as if she was dressed as a white cat child (dancer) so that she wouldn't go away.
Eventually, the monks escaped into the temple bells, and the woman turned into a snake, wrapped around the bells, burned the bells themselves, and killed the monks. It ’s a story.
Isn't this content that is quite a movie or drama now? What's more, in this performance, dojoji is performed in various versions. For example, Kirishidan Dojoji. This is what Kirishitan will perform as if it were a story.
Every dance has meaning, and it is related to various things. There are many ways to enjoy it, and I want it to be something that you see and do in everyday life, not in a world with a high threshold. Of course, it's not just about dancing. I think this is true for the entire Japanese culture.
You can think it's boring, boring, don't get hard, and don't try to correct your thoughts. If you listen to the explanation and find it interesting, you can find it interesting. I want you to do it if you are interested, and you don't have to be interested.
If you think it's interesting or like it, let me know if you're interested. I would like to talk to many people from different worlds and create and spread new dances.
[Nakamura-style Japanese dance]
A style inspired by the third generation Nakamura Shikan, a kabuki actor who was active during the Bunka and Bunsei periods.
The feature is that the actors of Kabuki's Narikomaya have inherited the original family from generation to generation, and the emphasis is placed on the main line of Kabuki-sho. Since 2012, the second daughter of the first generation, Nakamura Umebuchi, has succeeded the family. Fukusuke Nakamura, the 9th generation, and Sosuke Nakamurahashi, the 3rd generation (as of October 2016)
September 16th (Friday) 23:00-NHK E-TV “Nippon's Performing Arts” Ume Nakamura will perform at “Takekurabe”.
In October and November at Kabukiza, the third generation Nakamura Hashinosuke was changed to the eighth generation Nakamura Shiba, Nakamura Kuniyo changed the fourth generation Nakamura Hashisuke, Nakamura Muneo changed the third generation Nakamura Fukunosuke, and Nakamura Yuki changed the fourth generation Nakamura Utasuke to the first name. The group will perform an attack on 4 people at the same time.
“Aiming to create a new dance world on a new path different from that of my mother.” Ume-san's goal was a little surprising.
Although it is still the first time, we will continue to interview various people in their 20s and 30s who will inherit the wave of tradition and lead the next generation of Japan. It was a story I felt strongly that I would like to create a Japanese culture that will continue into the future by working together in the interviews.
Interview: Kuribayashi Stanis Roth, Kitamura Yuki
Photo: Tsuchiya Fumino
Place: Nakamura Ryu
Okoba (Kagurazaka) Sweets: Umekatei (Kagurazaka)