|ARASHI KICHISABURď VII|
Real name: Kitagami Yanosuke
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Existence: 1 December 1894 ~ 11 February 1973
Master: Kataoka Nizaemon XI
1 December 1894: born in T˘ky˘ outside the Kabuki world. His father, Kitagami Gennosuke, was in the electric appliances business.
October 1908: first stage appearance, in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza.
1910: he settled in ďsaka and became a disciple of Kataoka Nizaemon XI, who gave him the name of Kataoka T˘nosuke.
October 1917: T˘nosuke went back to T˘ky˘ and became nadai.
4 October 1927: the actor Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI died.
February 1928: he went back to ďsaka and took the name of Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII at the Nakaza.
March 1934: "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura" was staged for the first time in ďsaka and in Ky˘to, at the Naniwaza from the 3rd to 16th of March [casting] and at the Minamiza from the 17th to the 27th of March [casting]; Kichisabur˘ played the role of Araki Jűzaemon.
16 October 1934: his master Kataoka Nizaemon XI died.
March 1953: he joined the first league of actors in Kamigata (kanbu sh˘shin).
August 1953: revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Sonezaki Shinjű" at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘; Kichisabur˘ played the role of Aburaya Kuheiji [more details].
April 1954: revival (the 1st since the end of WW2) at the Nakaza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Kichisabur˘ played the role of Inugami Hy˘bu [casting].
May 1968: revival at the National Theatre of "Ura Omote Sendai Hagi"; Kichisabur˘ played the role of Watanabe Gekizaemon [casting].
January 1973: Kichisabur˘ appeared on stage for the last time, at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza, playing the role of Kawatsura H˘gen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".11 February 1973: Kichisabur˘ died.
Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII was a versatile supporting tachiyaku actor. Although he was not born in Kansai, he was considered as a Kamigata actor. His most notable performances were the roles of Aburaya Kuheiji ("Sonezaki Shinjű" - he played it more than 500 times!), Shund˘ Genba ("Terakoya"), Tsuribune Sabu ("Natsu Matsuri"), Shibata Jűdayű ("Banch˘ Sarayashiki"), Hansai ("Obiya") and Yakushiji Jirozaemon ("Kanadehon Chűshingura").
Arashi Kichisabur˘ VII (left) playing the role of Sagisaka Bannai in the dance-drama "Yoshinoyama"
The Arashi Kichisabur˘ line of actors
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