Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
What is a Kabuki furitsuke-shi? Interviewed Fujima Kanjuro VIII
There are said to be about 200 schools of traditional Japanese dance today. Of these, the five largest are the Hanayagi school, the Fujima school, the Wakayagi school, the Nishikawa school and the Bando school. In this interview we speak with Fujima Kanjuro VIII, the young leader of the Fujima school and heir to a family that has long been known as leading Kabuki
(choreographers). The Fujima school was started by Fujima Kanbei in the Edo Period and the Kanjuro name that Kanjuro VIII succeeded to at the age of 22 has been handed down since the 1700s. We ask him about his work as a
who supports today’s Kabuki from behind the scenes not only as a choreographer but with responsibilities similar to those of a stage director.
Interviewer: Kazumi Narabe