|SAWAMURA GENNOSUKE IV|
Real name: Sawamura Seizabur˘
Nickname: Tanbo no Tayű (literally "the paddy field master") - Tanbo was the name of his neighbourhood in Asakusa
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: Shűk˘, Seigaku
Existence: 14th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1859 ~ 20 April 1936
Adoptive father: Sawamura Gennosuke III
Son-in-law: Sawamura Gennosuke V
1859 ~ 1870: born in ďsaka. His family moves to Edo when he is a child. He is adopted by the actor Sawamura Gennosuke III, who gives him the name of Sawamura Seishi II.
15th day of the 9th lunar month of 1863: his adoptive father Sawamura Gennosuke III dies.
October 1873: Sawamura Seizabur˘ takes the name of Sawamura Seijűr˘ II at the Sawamuraza, playing the role of the kamuro Midori in the drama "Akegarasu Neya no Akatsuki".
November 1882: Sawamura Seijűr˘ II takes the name of Sawamura Gennosuke IV.
February 1885: Gennosuke takes part in the opening ceremony of the Chitoseza [more details]. Premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa"; Gennosuke plays the role of the courtesan Kohina [casting].
March 1899: premiere at the Meijiza of the drama "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", which gathers the main scenes from the sukerokumono part of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 1858 drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; Gennosuke plays the roles of Miuraya Agemaki and Omaki [casting].
February 1925: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", is revived at the Hong˘za, under the supervision of the writer Nagai Kafű; Gennosuke plays the roles of Gonsuke's wife Otsuta and Sakama Denbŕ [casting].
November 1935: Gennosuke appears on stage for the last time, at the Meijiza, playing in the drama "Suzuki Mondo".
20 April 1936: Gennosuke dies.
Sawamura Gennosuke IV was an outstanding onnagata actor, who was also able to play a wide range of male roles. Akuba roles were his field of excellence, like Otomi ("Kirare Otomi") or Dakki no Ohyaku ("Hyaku Monogatari"). He moved at the beginning of the 20th century from ˘shibai, where he was supporting the stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Onoe Kikugor˘ V, to koshibai, performing as a leading actor in venues like the Asakusaza or the Miyatoza. He joined back the ˘shibai in his latter years. He was considered as the last true Edo onnagata.
Sawamura Gennosuke IV playing the role of Okoi in the drama "Izu Miyage Kei˘ Kibun", which was staged in September 1900 at the Meijiza (print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai)
The Sawamura Gennosuke line of actors
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