|ďTANI HIROHACHI I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kiban
Master: ďtani Hiroji I
Son: ďtani Imasabur˘
Disciples: ďtani Tomoemon I, ďtani Hikojűr˘
1727: he becomes disciple of the actor ďtani Hiroji I in ďsaka and follows him to Edo.
5th lunar month of 1732: tour in Nagoya; Hirohachi plays katakiyaku roles.
12th lunar month of 1740: Hirohachi plays the roles of Kikuchi Jűr˘ and Katsura Ippeiji in the drama "Miura Danj˘ Sugata no Yoroi", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai.
5th lunar month of 1747: his master ďtani Hiroji I dies.
11th lunar month of 1748: Hirohachi plays the role of Matsuura Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Asahi no Ume", which is produced in Ky˘to at the nadai Miyako Handayű's theater by the zamoto Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I. His stage partners are Fujioka Daikichi, Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Iwata Somematsu I, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I and Mihogi Shichitar˘.
11th lunar month of 1749: Hirohachi plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Kawachi Kambei in the kaomise drama "Imosegura Kogane no Ishizue". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamatoya Jinbŕ IV, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Asao Motogor˘ I, Anegawa Daikichi I and Arashi San'emon IV.
1st lunar month of 1751: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which is produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Hirohachi plays the role of Agata Kenmotsu Genba [casting].
11th lunar month of 1751: Hirohachi plays the role of Gunta in the kaomise drama "En no Gy˘ja ďmine Zakura", which is produced in Ky˘to at the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater by the zamoto Nakayama Bunshichi I.
11th lunar month of 1752: Hirohachi moves to ďsaka and plays the role of Maeda Sadaemon in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe", which is produced at the ďnishi no Shibai by the zamoto Sanj˘ Sadasuke. His stage partners are Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Iwata Somematsu I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1754: Hirohachi plays in the same theater in the kaomise drama "Uda Genji Asahi no Menbako", which is produced by Wakayama Bunshichi. His stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Wakayama Shinkur˘, Nakamura Utaemon I, Wakayama Bunshichi, Arashi Sangor˘ II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Anegawa Daikichi I and Someyama S˘jűr˘.
1st lunar month of 1762: Hirohachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-jű (superior - superior - "ten"), below his Kamigata rank. "jű" is in fact the first 2 strokes of the ideogram "kichi" and means "ten". Hirohachi plays in the same theater the role of Yawata no Sabur˘ in the new year sogamono "Koi Zakura Umewaka Soga".
1st lunar month of 1764: Hirohachi's ranking is back to the "superior - superior - excellent" level in the Ky˘to hy˘banki.
11th lunar month of 1764 ~ 1770: Hirohachi's name does not appear anymore in licensed theaters banzuke.
Spring 1771: Hirohachi plays in ďsaka at the Horie Ichinogawa Shibai. This performance is likely to be his final stage appearance.
ďtani Hirohachi I (left, standing) and Matsuyama Sanjűr˘ (right) playing the roles of Ecchű Jirobei and Kiso Yoshinaka in the kaomise drama "Taihei Kiso Monogatari", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1753 at the ďnishi no Shibai
The ďtani Hirohachi line of actors
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