BANDď IWAGORď

Stage names:

Band˘ Iwagor˘
Band˘ T˘gor˘
Band˘ Kunisabur˘

Guilds: Awaya, Kamiya

Poetry name: Ganshi

Existence: 1732 ~ 17th day of the 8th lunar month of 1795

Connection:

Master: Band˘ Matakur˘ II

Brother: Band˘ Kunigor˘ I

Adopted son: Band˘ Jutar˘ I

Disciple: Band˘ Kunigor˘ II (?)

Career:

1732: born in ďsaka. He is considered as a disciple of Band˘ Matakur˘ II but he is effectively trained by his elder brother Band˘ Kunigor˘ I.

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.

11th lunar month of 1756: he makes his debut in ˘shibai, takes the name of Band˘ Iwagor˘ and performs as a katakiyaku at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďmatsu Kyokusuke Tanzen Ropp˘".

5th lunar month of 1762: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Koi Hakke Hashira Goyomi", which is a revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi"; Iwagor˘ plays the role of the bant˘ Sukeemon [more details].

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 Gonpachi 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 Konobŕ I, Anegawa Daikichi I and Nakamura Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1771: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; Iwagor˘ plays the role of Yamana Tomoenoj˘ [casting].

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Iwagor˘ plays the role of the imperial prince Koretaka [more details].

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].

1st lunar month of 1782: Iwagor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

9th lunar month of 1783: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Iwagor˘ plays the roles of the yakko Sukehei and Sakurada Rinzaemon [casting].

1st lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi"; Iwagor˘ plays the roles of Kiky˘ya Saibŕ and Hayashi Kenmotsu [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 for Kabuki for the first time by Namiki Gohŕ, and staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Iwagor˘ plays the roles of S˘bŕ and Hansai [casting].

11th lunar month of 1786: Iwagor˘ becomes zamoto and produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Neko Shakky˘ Fűki no Hanabusa".

3rd lunar month of 1787: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ'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].

11th lunar month of 1791: he is supposed to perform at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise program but he falls ill and has to retire.

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.

Comments:

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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