YAMAMURA GIEMON I

Stage names:

Yamamura Giemon I In Japanese
Yamamura Gizaemon In Japanese
Yamamura Giemon I In Japanese
ďyama Tamiemon In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Yamamura Kazaemon

Son: Yamamura Kuz˘

Career:

1711: he performs in Ky˘to as a katakiyaku; his first stage name is ďyama Tamiemon.

Fall 1712: he settles in ďsaka and becomes a disciple of Yamamura Kazaemon.

12th lunar month of 1712: he becomes tachiyaku, takes the name of Yamamura Giemon I and performs in the kaomise drama "Enmei Kobukuro".

11th lunar month of 1713: Giemon becomes jitsuaku and plays in ďsaka the role of Enkai in the kaomise drama "Yoyo Meoto Tsuru no Mago", which is 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 is entitled "Daiky˘ji" and is staged in ďsaka; Giemon plays the role of Ishun [casting].

11th lunar month of 1715: Giemon plays the role of Irimatsu Shigez˘ in the kaomise drama "Ugashin Kogane no Hokora", which is produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

11th lunar month of 1718: Giemon plays in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai the role of Yoneemon in the kaomise drama "In'y˘ Inui no Machi-zukuri".

Fall 1720: Giemon goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1720: he changes his first name to Gizaemon (the first ideogram is changed) and performs in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukutoku no Kado".

1st lunar month of 1721: Gizaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1722: Gizaemon performs in the kaomise drama "ďbashira Kogane no Sazare Ishi", which is produced in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

Fall 1723: Gizaemon goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1723: he changes his first name back to Giemon, becomes tachiyaku and plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Yat˘ta in the kaomise drama "Fukujukai Kogane no Minato", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Giemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shares the same rank with Wakaura Kinjűr˘, Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I, Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I and Arashi Sangor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1724: he becomes katakiyaku and plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Wada Gonz˘ in the kaomise drama "Banzei no Minato", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1725: Giemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1727: Giemon plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sazareishi Hideemon in the kaomise drama "Imosegami Aioi no Futabayama".

1st lunar month of 1728: Giemon plays in the same theater the roles of Ishihara Yasaji and Dobashi Gengoemon in the new year drama "Sh˘gi Gump˘ Ryűko no Maki"; this is his last-recorded performance on a Kabuki stage; we don't know what happens to him afterwards.

Comments:

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].

Yamamura Giemon I playing the role of Sazareishi Hideemon in the kaomise drama "Imosegami Aioi no Futabayama", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1727 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Yamamura Giemon line of actors

 
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