Guilds: Awaya, Kamiya
Poetry name: Ganshi
Existence: 1732 ~ 17th day of the 8th lunar month of 1795
Master: Band˘ Matakur˘ II
Brother: Band˘ Kunigor˘ I
Adopted son: Band˘ Jutar˘ I
Disciple: Band˘ Kunigor˘ II (?)
19th day of the 6th lunar month of 1734: his master Band˘ Matakur˘ II dies.
1740s ~ 1750s: he takes the name of Band˘ T˘gor˘ at an unknown date and performs in hama shibai or in travelling troupes.
9th lunar month of 1764: premiŔre in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which is produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I. A similar play was staged one day before under a different title, "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Kado no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Iwagor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Togiyaru Gompachi and Kamura Utaemon [casting].
11th lunar month of 1767: Iwagor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai in Tenmaya Kyűshichi's kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Maizuru ďgi"; his stage partners are Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Mimasu Daigor˘ I, Nakamura Kichiemon I, Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Arashi Kichisabur˘ I, Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘, Nakamura Noshio I, Somegawa Konobei I, Anegawa Daikichi and Nakamura Senz˘.
4th lunar month of 1777: premiere of Namiki Gohachi's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", co-written with Nakamura Akei and Tatsuoka Mansaku, which is staged at the Kado no Shibai; Iwagor˘ plays the role of Taira no Mareyo [casting].
9th lunar month of 1778: Iwagor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Shihei and Shund˘ Genba in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is produced by the zamoto Ichiyama Tajir˘; his stage partners are Nakamura Utaemon I (Matsu˘maru), Arashi Kichisabur˘ I (Shiratayű, Genz˘, Terukuni), Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV (Tatsuta, Haru), Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Tonami, Kakuju, Yae), Arashi Shichisabur˘ II (Ume˘maru), Nakamura Jiroza II (Hy˘ei, Mareyo), Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (Kan Sh˘j˘, Chiyo) and Arashi Sangor˘ II (Sakuramaru).
12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-Mura" [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters; Iwagor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sat˘ Motoemon [casting].
9th lunar month of 1783: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" is adapted to Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Iwagor˘ plays the roles of the yakko Sukehei and Sakurada Rinzaemon [casting].
5th lunar month of 1784: the play "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami", which was originally written in the 10th lunar month of 1776 by Suga Sensuke for the puppet theater, is adapted to Kabuki for the first time by Namiki Gohei, and staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Iwagor˘ plays the roles of S˘bei and Hansai [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1787: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohei's drama "Taik˘ Shinkenki", a play similar to "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" which is produced by Iwagor˘; Iwagor˘ plays the role of Onoemon [casting].
1792: he settles in the Honkakuji Temple in the district of Nakaderamachi (ďsaka).
17th day of the 8th lunar month of 1795: Iwagor˘ dies in ďsaka. His tombstone is located in the precinct of the Honkakuji Temple.
Band˘ Iwagor˘ was an ďsaka actor, who made most of his career during the second half of the 18th century in his native city. He was specialized in katakiyaku or jitsuaku roles and was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He was tall and became the t˘dori of the Kado no Shibai a few years before his death.
The actors Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (left) and Band˘ Iwagor˘ (right) playing the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1775 at the Naka no Shibai
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