10-yr-old Maholo Terajima is the new facial area of kabuki theatre

10-yr-old Maholo Terajima is the new facial area of kabuki theatre

​​A handful of yrs ago, ten-12 months-old Maholo Terajima dreamed of possibly getting to be a specialist footballer or a ‘Kamen Rider’ superhero star. Now, nevertheless, Maholo has his sights set on adhering to in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather and famous kabuki actor Kikugoro Onoe VII, and is established to make his debut at Tokyo’s Kabukiza theatre this Might underneath the phase identify Maholo Onoe. 

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Photograph: ©Shochiku Co., Ltd.(L-R) Laurent Ghnassia, Shinobu Terajima, Maholo Terajima, Kikugoro Onoe VII and Kikunosuke Onoe V

The son of French creative director Laurent Ghnassia and actress Shinobu Terajima (‘Earwig and the Witch’, ‘Oh Lucy!’), Maholo will come from the popular Onoe acting dynasty, which dates again to the 18th century. He developed an curiosity in kabuki from a really younger age and commenced learning the traditional Japanese theatre with his grandfather at the tender age of three.

With time, his passion for kabuki has only intensified. Maholo appeared in his very first kabuki perform in 2017, but this approaching performance in May perhaps will mark his official entry into the globe of kabuki as a experienced actor, as he will use his new phase title for the initial time.

1 would imagine that staying the heir of these a prominent family title would come with a huge sum of strain, but when he appeared for his push convention final week, the young actor seemed fully unfazed by the media interest. 

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Picture: ©Shochiku Co., Ltd.

‘I asked him to rehearse his speech quite a few situations to put together for this, but he entirely dismissed my ask for and went straight off to university this morning’, Shinobu claimed. ‘He’s stubborn in ways that are each good and bad’. 

Maholo did not show up to need to have further practice, nonetheless, as he resolved the audience in each Japanese and French. Now fondly dubbed as ‘The Small Prince of Kabuki’ by the media, Maholo shared his ambitions of carrying out kabuki in his father’s house state and introducing extra French people today to common Japanese theatre. 

The official programme for Maholo Onoe’s forthcoming performance in May perhaps has nevertheless to be announced but will turn into out there in due time. In the meantime, you can see the current productions at Kabukiza listed here

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