ONOE BAIKď VII

Stage names:

Onoe Baik˘ VII In Japanese
Onoe Kikunosuke III In Japanese
Onoe Ushinosuke IV In Japanese

Real name: Terashima Seiz˘

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Existence: 31 August 1915 ~ 24 March 1995

Connections:

Adoptive father: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI

Sons: Onoe Kikugor˘ VII, Onoe Einosuke II

Grandson: Onoe Kikunosuke V

Disciples: Onoe Shinshichi V, Onoe Fujaku X, Onoe Kikujűr˘ III, Onoe Kikujűr˘ IV, Onoe Umenoj˘ II, Onoe Senzabur˘ III, Onoe Umenosuke III, Onoe Kikuichir˘, Onoe Umeji II, Onoe Umesuke II

Career:

24 March 1995: born in T˘ky˘. His mother was a geisha from the district of Akasaka. His father was said to be a businessman from Kyűshű. His brother was the future actor Daitokuji Shin. There was also a rumour/legend about his real father who could have been Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

May 1921: he made his first appearance on stage, at the Ichimuraza, where he received the name of Onoe Ushinosuke IV and played the role of Kintar˘; the role of Kintar˘'s mother Yamanba was played by Onoe Baik˘ VI.

December 1933: Ushinosuke played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Ohisa in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Ohisa's father Ch˘bŕ) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Ohisa's mother Okane).

March 1935: Onoe Ushinosuke IV took the name of Onoe Kikunosuke III at the Kabukiza.

September 1935: Kikunosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Ohisa in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Ch˘bŕ) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane).

April 1936: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Uwanari", which belonged to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Kikunosuke played the role of Princess Shiragiku [more details].

January 1938: Kikunosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Yasuke in the "Sushiya" scene of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also plays Kasane in the dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame".

March 1938: Kikunosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of the princess Yaegaki in the scŔne "Jusshuk˘" scene of the play "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

September 1938: Kikunosuke played for the first time the role of the Wisteria Maiden (Fuji Musume) in the dance "ďtsue", which was performed at the Minamiza (Ky˘to).

April 1942: Kikunosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Ohisa in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Ch˘bŕ) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane).

February 1944: Kikunosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of the courtesan Azuma in the "Sum˘ba" scene of the play "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Nuregami Ch˘gor˘) and Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi, Yamazaki Yogor˘).

October 1944: Kikunosuke played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Ohisa in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Ch˘bŕ) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane).

January 1946: Kikunosuke played for the first time the role of the courtesan Michitose in the drama "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi", which was staged at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘; the role of Michitose's lover Kataoka Naojir˘ was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

February 1947: great shűmei at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘; Onoe Kikunosuke III took the name of Onoe Baik˘ VII by playing the roles of Soga Jűr˘ and Okaru in the drama "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen" and the dance "Ochiudo".

September 1947: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Atsumi Seitar˘'s version of "Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden"; Baik˘ played the roles of Inusaka Keno, Hamaji and Hikite [casting].

June 1948: Baik˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the roles of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Princess Tamaori were played by Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura Shikan VI.

February 1949: Baik˘ played the role of Okaru in the "Gion Ichiriki Jaya" act of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘; the role of Yuranosuke was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

January 1951: Baik˘ played at the Meijiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VII.

February 1951: Baik˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VII.

July 1951: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Baik˘ played the role of Rokubŕ's daughter (and Kumemura's meshitsukai) Okoro [casting].

August 1951: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII.

December 1951: Baik˘ played for the first time, at the Meijiza, the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Ichikawa Omez˘ IV and Nakamura Fukusuke VII.

January 1952: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's Kiyomoto-based d˘j˘jimono "Yuki no D˘j˘ji"; Baik˘ played the role of the ghost of Princess Kiyo [casting].

April 1952: Baik˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Benten Koz˘ in the full length production of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami".

October 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga"; Baik˘ played the role of Yayoi [casting]. He also played the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

November 1952: Baik˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VII.

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Baik˘ played the role of the geisha Oriki [casting].

January 1954: the duet Onoe Baik˘ - Ichikawa Ebiz˘ played for the first time in the drama "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi", which was staged at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX played the role of Kataoka Naojir˘ and Baik˘ the role of the courtesan Michitose.

October 1954: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

November 1954: Baik˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

December 1954: premiere at the Meijiza of Kawaguchi Matsutar˘'s revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which was entitled "Osan Mohei"; Baik˘ played the role of Osan [casting].

June 1955: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

October 1956: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

March 1957: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II.

January 1958: Baik˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Ichikawa Sadanji III and Nakamura Fukusuke VII.

March 1958: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Abe no Yasuna in the dance "Kosode Monogurui".

April 1958: Baik˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Ichikawa Sadanji III and Nakamura Fukusuke VII.

October 1958: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

June 1959: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Benten Koz˘ in the "Hamamatsuya" and "Inasegawa" scenes of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami".

November 1959: Baik˘ played at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Onoe Kur˘emon II. He also played the role of Benten Koz˘ in the "Hamamatsuya" and "Inasegawa" scenes of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami".

January 1960: Baik˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII.

September 1961: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Iwafuji were performed by Nakamura Utaemon VI and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX.

October 1961: Baik˘ played at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

June 1962: revival at the Kabukiza under the supervision of Takechi Tetsuji of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi"; Baik˘ played the roles of Gunjibei's son Sukekuni and Kitabatake Yukienosuke [more details].

January 1963: Baik˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

November 1963: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII.

February 1964: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Benten Koz˘ in the full length production of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami".

December 1964: Baik˘ played at the Minamiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

October 1965: Baik˘ took part in the first Kabuki tour in Western Europe; he played the roles of Sakuramaru, the dancer Hanako and En'ya Hangan in the plays "Kurumabiki", "Musume D˘j˘ji" and "Kanadehon Chűshingura" [casting].

January 1966: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Shigenoi in the "Shigenoi Kowakare" scene of the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". He also played the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Baik˘ played the roles of Tonami and Sakuramaru [casting].

December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theater with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Baik˘ played the roles of Sakuramaru and Chiyo [casting].

February 1967: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Dattan"; Baik˘ played the role of the woman of the blue cloth [casting].

March 1967: tour in Hawai; Baik˘ played the role of Princess Taema in the drama "Narukami".

December 1967: Baik˘ played at the Minamiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

February 1968: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

March 1968: Baik˘ received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (ningen kokuh˘).

June 1968: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII and Nakamura Shikan VII.

May 1969: Baik˘ played at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

October 1970: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII and Onoe Tatsunosuke I.

March 1971: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII.

April 1971: revival at the National Theatre of Nagawa Shimesuke I's drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage"; Baik˘ played the role of Jinzabur˘'s wife Oshizu [casting].

October 1971: Baik˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II. He also played the role of Benten Koz˘ in the "Hamamatsuya" and "Inasegawa" scenes of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami".

November 1971: Baik˘ played for the last time the role of Benten Koz˘, at the Kabukiza, in the "Hamamatsuya" and "Inasegawa" scenes of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami".

February 1972: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Nakamura Shikan VII.

April 1972: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII.

June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Baik˘ played the roles of the courtesan Koito and Otoki [casting].

November 1973: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII.

March 1974: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI.

September 1974: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of the courtesan Miyokichi in Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hachiman Matsuri Yomiya no Nigiwai"; the role of Chijimiya Shinsuke was played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

January 1975: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Umekichi's wife Osuga in Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi"; the role of Umekichi was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II. Baik˘ also performed the dance "Fumiuri".

March 1975: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari"; Baik˘ played the role of Takasago Yűminosuke [casting].

December 1975: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of En'ya Hangan in the 1st, 3rd and 4th acts of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the roles of Yuranosuke and Moron˘ were played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and Ichimura Uzaemon XVII.

January 1976: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the roles of Yoshitsune and the courtesan Miuraya no Agemaki in the dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki"; the role of Sukeroku was played by his son Onoe Kikugor˘ VII.

February 1976: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII.

April 1976: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Onoe and Iwafuji were performed by Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

October 1976: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei's wife Oryű and Suke-no-Tsubone in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the role of Tokaiya Ginpei/Tomomori was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II.

November 1976: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the roles of Yasuke, Koremori and Shizuka Gozen in the "Sushiya" and "Shi-no-Kiri" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

December 1976: Baik˘ played at the Minamiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

January 1977: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of the courtesan Miuraya no Agemaki in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momoyogusa"; the role of Sukeroku was played by Onoe Sh˘roku II. Baik˘ also performed in the dance "Asazuma Bune".

March 1977: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the roles of Princess Shiranui, Suzushiro and Akishino in the drama "Shiranui Monogatari".

October 1977: Baik˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Onoe Kikugor˘ VII.

December 1977: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of the courtesan Yayoi in the dance "Makura Jishi".

January 1978: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of the courtesan Sumizome (in fact the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree) in the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To"; his stage partners were all Otowaya guild's members: Onoe Sh˘roku II (Sekibŕ/Kuronushi), Onoe Kikugor˘ VII (Ono no Komachi) and Onoe Tatsunosuke I (Yoshimine Munesada).

March 1978: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the roles of Iwahashi, Okuni and Oume in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ukiyozuka Hiyoku no Inazuma".

November 1978: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Kataoka Nizaemon XIII and Nakamura Shikan VII.

December 1979: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Ofude in the classic "Hirakana Seisuiki".

January 1980: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Yamanba in the drama "Modoribashi Senani Gohiiki".

March 1980: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".

October 1980: Baik˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji"; the role of the demon-queller was played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VIII.

February 1982: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the roles of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Princess Tamaori were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Onoe Kikugor˘ VII.

May 1984: Baik˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the roles of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Princess Tamaori were played by Onoe Sh˘roku II and Nakamura Jakuemon IV.

March 1985: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Nakamura Tokiz˘ V.

September 1988: tour in South Korea.

May 1992: Baik˘ played for the last time the role of the Wisteria Maiden in the dance "Fuji Musume", which was staged at the Kabukiza.

October 1994: Baik˘ played at the National Theatre the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; the roles of Gapp˘ and Shuntokumaru were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Sawamura Tanosuke VI.

February 1995: Baik˘ was expected to play at the Kabukiza the role of En'ya Hangan in the 1st, 3rd and 4th acts of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He fell ill and was replaced from the 1st day to the last day by his son Onoe Kikugor˘ VII.

24 March 1995: Baik˘ died.

Comments:

Onoe Baik˘ VII was one of the leading onnagata and nimaime of the second half of the twentieth century.

Onoe Baik˘ VII's best roles: the Wisteria Maiden ("Fuji Musume"), Tamate Gozen ("Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"), Omitsu ("Nozaki-mura"), Yoshitsune ("Kanjinch˘"), En'ya Hangan ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Omiwa ("Imoseyama Onna Teikin"), Shizuka Gozen ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), Soga Jűr˘ ("Kotobuki Soga no Taimen"), Yasuna ("Yasuna").

Onoe Baik˘ VII playing the role of En'ya Hangan in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2009) all rights reserved)

The Onoe Ushinosuke line of actors

The Onoe Kikunosuke line of actors

The Onoe Baik˘ line of actors

 
Search this site powered by FreeFind
  Site map | Disclaimer
Contact | Main | Top | Updates | Actors | Plays | Playwrights | Programs | Links | FAQ | Glossary | Chronology | Illustrations | Prints | Characters | Derivatives | Theaters | Coming soon | News