SAKATA HANGORď IV

Stage names:

Sakata Hangor˘ IV In Japanese
ďtani Hiroemon IV In Japanese
Band˘ Daigor˘ In Japanese

Guild: Sh˘gatsuya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry names: Sanky˘, Banfű

Existence: 1793 ~ 7th day of the 11th lunar month of 1839

Connection:

Masters: Sakata Hangor˘ III (?), ďtani Hiroji III (?), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III

Disciples: Sakata Kumaemon, Sakata Hangor˘ V (?), Sakata Hanjűr˘ (?), ďtani Hiroemon V (?)

Career:

1793: born in Edo.

1793 ~ 1814: his first master is Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and his first sage name is Band˘ Daigor˘. He is recorded (in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten") as becoming a disciple of first ďtani Hiroji III, then Sakata Hangor˘ III but these two actors die when Daigor˘ is still a young boy.

6th day of the 6th lunar month of 1795: the actor Sakata Hangor˘ III dies.

11th day of the 5th lunar month of 1802: the actor ďtani Hiroji III dies.

1814: he officially joins the ďtani clan.

11th lunar month of 1814: he takes the name of ďtani Hiroemon IV at the Ichimuraza, performing as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Sekai no Hana Sugawara Denju", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actors Arashi Sangor˘ III, Arashi Umatar˘ I and Nakayama Sharyű; Hiroemon's others main stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Suketakaya Takasuke II.

1822: he officially joins the Sakata clan.

11th lunar month of 1822: he takes the name of Sakata Hangor˘ IV at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Nagakami Tar˘ and Iga Jutar˘ in the drama "Gohiiki Azuma Hyakkan", which also celebrates the shűmei of Mimasu Gennosuke I and welcomes in Edo Nakamura Sank˘ I; his stage partners are Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II, Arashi Kanjűr˘ I and Yamashina Jinkichi III.

1st lunar month of 1827: Hangor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1828: Hangor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Yushima no Sankichi in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Motomishi Hana Otogi Heike"; his yearly salary is 250 ry˘.

11th lunar month of 1829: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Hangor˘ plays the roles of Muraoka Gor˘ and Usui Arat˘ta [more details].

5th lunar month of 1830: Hangor˘ appears on a Kabuki stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza where he plays the roles of Ishid˘ Umanosuke and Yamana Saemon in the drama "Shima Utsushi Iroha Nikki". He retires from the Kabuki world to enter the world of prostitution, working from 1831 under the name of Izuya Yasuke.

27th day of the 12th lunar month of 1831: his first master Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III dies.

7th day of the 11th lunar month of 1839: he dies in Edo.

Comments:

Sakata Hangor˘ IV was an Edo supporting katakiyaku actor, who was active in his native town from the beginning of the 1810s to 1830. He was the only known actor ending instead of starting his career in prostitution.

Sakata Hangor˘ IV playing the role of Gonta in the drama "Kinbusen Yosooi Genji", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1827 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kuniyasu I)

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1822

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyasu in 1825

The ďtani Hiroemon line of actors

The Sakata Hangor˘ line of actors

 
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