|ICHIKAWA ARAGORď I|
Ichikawa Aragor˘ I
Real name: Got˘ Shinjir˘
Guilds: Yoshiya, Miyoshiya
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry names: Shigan, Seifu (?)
Existence: 1759 ~ 13th day of the 11th lunar month of 1813
Son: Ichikawa Danz˘ VI
Disciple: Ichikawa Terunosuke
1759: born in Kamigata. His father was a carpenter named Tanbaya Yohei (real name: Got˘ Shinza). He became disciple of Nakamura Kumetar˘ I at a very young age and received the name of Nakamura Naokichi.
11th lunar month of 1764: Nakamura Naokichi took the name of Nakamura Kumejir˘ at the Kado no Shibai.
15th day of the 7th lunar month of 1777: his master Nakamura Kumetar˘ I died.
Fall 1777: Nakamura Kumejir˘ took the name of Nakamura Kumesabur˘, went to Edo and definitively settled there.
3rd lunar month of 1781: Kumejir˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of En'ya Hangan's wife Kaoyo Gozen, Okaru, Amakawaya Gihei's wife Osono and ďboshi Yuranosuke's wife Oishi in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of En'ya Hangan, Amakawaya Gihei and ďboshi Yuranosuke were played by Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.
4th lunar month of 1783: first Kabuki adaptation of Y˘ Y˘dai's puppet theater drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie". The play was staged in Edo at the Moritaza; Kumejir˘ played the role of Ohatsu [casting].
10th lunar month of 1794: due to some financial difficulties, the salaries of all the actors were drastically reduced. Ichimatsu's yearly salary for the coming season was set to 300 ry˘ after a reduction of 120 ry˘.
11th lunar month of 1798: Sanogawa Ichimatsu III took the name of Ichikawa Aragor˘ I at the Moritaza, playing the roles of Wakiya Jir˘ and the yakko Saruhei in the kaomise program "Taiheiki Mitsugi no Funauta".
2nd lunar month of 1800: Namiki Gohei's drama "Gosan no Kiri" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza in a somewhat different version titled "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri" instead of "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Aragor˘ played the role of Mashiba Kingo Hisaaki [casting].
9th lunar month of 1800: Aragor˘ played in the same theater the role of Terukuni in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".
9th day of the 10th lunar month of 1808: his master Ichikawa Danz˘ IV died.
1st day of the 1st lunar month of 1809: a fire broke out in the district of Nihonbashi Sanai-ch˘ and destroyed both the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza. As a consequence, Aragor˘ joined the troupe of actors, who performed in the 2nd lunar month of 1809 within the precincts of the Hachiman shrine in Ichigaya. Most likely, it was Aragor˘'s last performance on stage because his name did not appear anymore in Edo theater playbills.
13th day of the 11th lunar month of 1813: Aragor˘ died in Edo.
Ichikawa Aragor˘ I was an actor, who was trained as an onnagata in Kamigata but spent most of his career in Edo. He was slowly but surely gaining fame in Edo when he suddenly decided in 1798 to give up female roles to switch to male roles. His rank in the actors ranking dropped in the 1st lunar month of 1799 but he was back to the j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi level in the 1st lunar month of 1800 and stayed at this level up to the end of his career. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. His forte were roles in the wagoto style.
Ichikawa Aragor˘ I playing the role of the shirozake seller Shinbŕ in the drama "Sukeroku Sakura no Futae Obi", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1807 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)
The Sanogawa Ichimatsu line of actors
The Ichikawa Aragor˘ line of actors
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