|YAMAMURA GIEMON I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Master: Yamamura Kazaemon
Son: Yamamura Kuz˘
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.
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.
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" which is produced by Matsumoto Shigemaki and Sodesaki Wakaura 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.
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 Gunp˘ Ryűko no Maki"; this is 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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