|YAMAMURA GIEMON I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Master: Yamamura Kazaemon
1711: he performed in Ky˘to as a katakiyaku; his first stage name was ďyama Tamiemon.
Fall 1712: he settled in ďsaka and became a disciple of Yamamura Kazaemon.
11th lunar month of 1713: Giemon became jitsuaku and played in ďsaka the role of Enkai in the kaomise drama "Yoyo Meoto Tsuru no Mago", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at Shioya Kuroemon's theater.
1st lunar month (spring?) of 1715: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi", which was entitled "Daiky˘ji" and was staged in ďsaka; Giemon played the role of Ishun [casting].
11th lunar month of 1715: Giemon played the role of Irimatsu Shigez˘ in the kaomise drama "Ugashin Kogane no Hokora", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Takeshima K˘zaemon II.
Fall 1720: Giemon went back to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1720: he changed his first name to Gizaemon (the first ideogram was changed) and performed in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukutoku no Kado" which was produced by Matsumoto Shigemaki and Sodesaki Wakaura I.
Fall 1723: Gizaemon went to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1723: he changed his first name back to Giemon, became tachiyaku and played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Yat˘ta in the kaomise drama "Fukujukai Kogane no Minato", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1724: Giemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shared the same rank with Wakaura Kinjűr˘, Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I, Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I and Arashi Sangor˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1728: Giemon played in the same theater the roles of Ishihara Yasaji and Dobashi Gengoemon in the new year drama "Sh˘gi Gunp˘ Ryűko no Maki"; this was his last-recorded performance on a Kabuki stage; we don't know what happens to him afterwards.
Yamamura Giemon I was active in Kamigata from the beginning of the 1710s to the end of the 1720s. He was able to perform a wide range of male roles, as a katakiyaku, a jitsuaku or a tachiyaku. He was said to be good in jitsugoto. He used two different ideograms for his two first names, Giemon [writing 1; writing 2] and Gizaemon [writing 1; writing 2].
The Yamamura Giemon line of actors
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