IWAI HANSHIRď X

Stage names:

Iwai Hanshir˘ X In Japanese
Ichikawa Sh˘en II In Japanese

Real name: Nishina Tadayoshi

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: J█DAIME (X)

Existence: 8 August 1927 ~ 25 December 2011

Connections:

Master: Ichikawa Ennosuke II

Disciples: Iwai Yoshitar˘, Iwai Wakajir˘

Career:

August 1927: born in T˘ky˘. He is the elder son of the dance master Hanayagi Jutar˘ I.

November 1935: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Yűrakuza, playing under his real name the role of Ichikawa Botan in the drama "Ky˘enroku".

May 1939: he becomes disciple of Ichikawa Ennosuke II and takes the name of Ichikawa Sh˘en II at the Yűrakuza, playing the role of Kimimatsu in the drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".

February 1946: Sh˘en becomes nadai and celebrates it by playing at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Sukemori in the drama "Takiguchi Nyűd˘ no Koi".

July 1951: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan"; Sh˘en plays the role of Iori's son Kyűya [casting].

October 1951: Ichikawa Sh˘en II takes the prestigious name of Iwai Hanshir˘ X at the Kabukiza, playing the role of the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ and young Hikari-no-Kimi in the dramas "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen" and "Genji Monogatari".

July 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Kitsune to Fuefuki"; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Teruyoshi [casting].

October 1955: first Kabuki tour in the Popular Republic of China, in Beijing (2~13 october), Shanghai (17~18 october) and Guangzhou (24~25 october); Hanshir˘ plays the roles of Shűrinosuke and Sakurako in the drama "Domo Mata" and the dance "Meoto D˘j˘ji" [more details]. Hanshir˘ has the opportunity to meet the stars of the Chinese Traditional Opera like the famous Mei Lan-Fang.

October 1956: Hanshir˘ moves to the T˘h˘, a competitor of the Sh˘chiku Company.

1961: Hanshir˘ is back at the Sh˘chiku.

June 1963: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Kyűshichi [casting].

October 1965: first Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in West Berlin at the Der Freien VolksbŘhne (2~8 october), in Paris at the ThÚÔtre de l'OdÚon (15~24 october) and in Lisbonne at the Teatro SŃo Luis (29~31 october); Hanshir˘ plays the roles of Senoo Tar˘ and Kakogawa Honz˘ in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Shunkan" and the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" [more details].

November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Miyoshi Kiyotsura [casting].

March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Matsui Gengo [casting].

July 1968: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi Futatsu Domoe"; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Hayano Yat˘ji [casting].

March 1975: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari"; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Yakama Shikaroku [casting].

January 1980: Hanshir˘ receives the National Theatre Excellence Prize (Kokuritsu Gekij˘ Yűshűsh˘) for his performance in the role of Inokuma Nyűd˘ Raiun in the revival of the drama "Modoribashi Senani Gohiiki".

January 1982: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Horikawa Kageyu [casting].

April 1982: Hanshir˘ receives the National Theatre Excellence Prize (Kokuritsu Gekij˘ Yűshűsh˘) for his performance in the role of Sachűben Mareyo in the revival of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű".

January 1983: revival of "Nanatsu Men" at the National Theatre; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka [casting].

January 1985: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Shionoya Shir˘, later Kan Pei [casting].

January 1992: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the roles of Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I and Akama Genzaemon in "Gedatsu" and "Musume Gonomi Ukina no Yokogushi".

March 1993: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Sugita Shuzen in the drama "Nezumi Komon Harugi no Hinagata".

May 1993: Hanshir˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of the tea ceremony master Chinsai in the drama "Uir˘ Uri".

October 1993: Hanshir˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Kitanoya Shichibei in the drama "Senry˘ Nobori".

November 1993: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of the priest Zangetsu in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘".

January 1994: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Kagekiyo".

April 1994: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of the okappiki Tsunematsu in the drama "Kurayami no Ushimatsu".

May 1994: Hanshir˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Shinsai in the drama "Onna Shibaraku"; this is Hanshir˘'s last stage appearance at the Kabukiza.

December 1994: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of the countryside samurai Akamatsu Kunenoshin in the dance "Noriaibune".

January 1995: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of the d˘guya Kahei in the drama "Inga Koz˘".

March 1995: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of the priest Mukan in Suzuki Senzabur˘'s drama "Jirokichi Zange".

April 1995: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of the blind priest Gantetsu in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kesakake Matsu Narita no Riken".

November 1995: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Yamagake Heima in the drama "Hachiman Matsuri Yomiya no Nigiwai".

December 1995: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Watanabe Gekizaemon in the drama "Ume Momiji Nishiki no Dateori".

January 1996: Hanshir˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of the kar˘ Sakakibara Daisuke in the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura".

January 1997: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; Hanshir˘ plays the role of Hana˘giya Toheiji [casting]. This is Hanshir˘'s last stage appearance.

25 December 2011: Hanshir˘ dies of multiple organ failure in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Iwai Hanshir˘ X spent his career as a dynamic supporting tachiyaku/nimaime/katakiyaku, excelling in many minor comical roles. He was a very popular actor during his Sh˘en years, playing major roles in duo with Ichikawa Monnosuke VII. His popularity helped him receiving one of the most prestigious Kabuki stage names but he somehow lost his stardom and became a supporting actor. He was also the head of a branch of one of the Iwai shools of dance.

Iwai Hanshir˘ X playing the role of Ushiwakamaru in the dance "Hashi Benkei" (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1957)

The Ichikawa Sh˘en line of actors

The Iwai Hanshir˘ line of actors

 
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