|SAWAMURA GENNOSUKE V|
Real name: Kimura Miyanosuke
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry name: Seigaku
Existence: 13 January 1907 ~ 22 December 1982
Father-in-law: Sawamura Gennosuke IV
Master: Kataoka Nizaemon XI
13 January 1907: born in T˘ky˘; his father is the playwright Kimura Kinka.
1913: he becomes a disciple of Kataoka Nizaemon XI.
March 1913: first stage apperance, at the Kabukiza (not in T˘ky˘ but in ďsaka, district of Kuj˘), where he receives the name of Kataoka Chiyomaro and plays the role of ďboshi Daizabur˘ in the drama "Yamashina Kankyo".
16 October 1934: his master Kataoka Nizaemon XI dies.
20 April 1936: his father-in-law Sawamura Gennosuke IV dies.
June 1936: Kataoka Chiyomaro takes the name of Sawamura Gennosuke V at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, playing the role of Konami in "Michiyuki Tabiji no Yomeiri" and "Yamashina Kankyo"; his stage partners are Nakamura Baigyoku III (Tonase), Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (Honz˘), Ichikawa Sadanji II (yuranosuke), Kataoka Nizaemon XII (Oishi), Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII (the yakko Sekisuke) and Ichikawa Ensh˘ III (Rikiya).
April 1977: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ II's drama "Kimi-wa-Fune Nami no Uwajima"; Gennosuke plays the role of Senju [casting]. He also plays at the Kabukiza the role of Mitsuhide's mother Satsuki in "Ehon Taik˘ki"; the role of Mitsuhide is played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII.
22 December 1982: Gennosuke dies.
Sawamura Gennosuke V was an important supporting onnagata (fukeoyama) actor, who was active in both T˘ky˘ and the Kamigata. He excelled in sewa ny˘b˘ or back-streets women roles; among his most notable roles were also classic roles like Hamayű ("Sodehagi Saimon"), Asuka ("Shi-no-Kiri") or Kita-no-Kata ("Domo Mata"), tea-house mistress roles like Okisa ("Yoshidaya") or prosperous farmer's wife roles like Koyoshi ("Sanemori Monogatari").
Sawamura Gennosuke V playing the role of the courtesan Fujiya Azuma in the drama "Sum˘ba" (beginning of the 1940s)
The Sawamura Gennosuke line of actors
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