ONOE KIKUGORď IV

Stage names:

Onoe Kikugor˘ IV
Onoe Baik˘ IV
Onoe Eizabur˘ III
Onoe Kikushi
Nakamura Tatsuz˘
Nakamura Kach˘

Nickname: Baik˘ Kikugor˘

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry names: Baik˘ (4), Kikushi, Baifu

Existence: 1808 ~ 28th day of the 6th lunar month of 1860

Connections:

Father-in-law and adoptive father: ďkawa Hashiz˘ I (Onoe Kikugor˘ III)

Master: Nakamura Karoku I

Adopted sons: Onoe Eizabur˘ IV, Onoe Baik˘ 4.5, Onoe Kakunosuke

Career:

1808 ~ 1830: born in ďsaka. He starts his career as a disciple of Nakamura Karoku I, who gives him the names of Nakamura Kach˘ and Nakamura Tatsuz˘ at unknown dates.

1st lunar month of 1831: he gets married with the daughter of the star Onoe Kikugor˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1831: Tatsuz˘ is adopted by his father-in-law, receives the name of Onoe Kikushi and settles in Edo with his new adoptive father.

8th lunar month of 1831: Onoe Kikushi takes the name of Onoe Eizabur˘ III at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Osode in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".

9th lunar month of 1839: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the Kiyomoto-based dance "Shimero Yare Iro no Kakegoe", which is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire under the title "Kanda Matsuri". It stars Eizabur˘, Sawamura Tossh˘ I and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V.

3rd lunar month of 1842: Eizabur˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of Akoya in the drama "Kagekiyo". His stage partners are Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (Kagekiyo) and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II (Shigetada).

10th lunar month of 1842: Eizabur˘ takes part in the opening ceremony of the newly-built Nakamuraza in the district of Asakusa Saruwaka-ch˘, playing in the drama "Kinryűzan Chikai no Ishizue", which is produced by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII; his stage partners are Iwai Tojaku, Sawamura Tossh˘ II, Arashi Kichisabur˘ III, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV, Osagawa Tsuneyo IV, Arashi Izabur˘ II and Ichikawa Danzabur˘ V.

6th lunar month of 1843: Eizabur˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of Princess Taema in the drama "Mayoi no Kumoiro ni Narukami"; the role of the wicked priest Narukami is played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII.

1st lunar month of 1846: Onoe Eizabur˘ III and Onoe Kikunosuke I take the respective names of Onoe Baik˘ IV and Onoe Eizabur˘ IV at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Nazorae Soga ďe Yamairi".

4th lunar month of 1847: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance-drama "Shiki no Hina Asakusa Hakkei" (commonly called "Ky˘ Ningy˘"); Baik˘ plays the role of the spirit of the doll [casting].

24th day of the 4th lunar month of 1849: his adoptive father ďkawa Hashiz˘ I dies.

3rd lunar month of 1853: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Yosa"); Baik˘ plays the role of Otomi [casting]. This performance is a huge success.

9th lunar month of 1854: Baik˘ achieves a great success at the Naka no Shibai (ďsaka) by playing the roles of Masaoka, Kasane, Yorikane and Takao in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

9th lunar month of 1855: Onoe Baik˘ IV takes the name of Onoe Kikugor˘ IV at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Masaoka, Kasane and Yorikane in the drama "Ki no Shita Kage Masago no Date Zome", whose plots and characters are similar to the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

11th lunar month of 1856: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sh˘chikubai Yuki no Akebono"; Kikugor˘ plays the role of Osugi [casting]. Premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance "Joro no Makoto Osada no Chűk˘"; Kikugor˘ plays the role of Omatsu [casting].

7th lunar month of 1857: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Ami Moy˘ T˘ro no Kikukiri" (commonly called "Kozaru Shichinosuke"); Kikugor˘ plays the roles of okujochű Kikugawa (later the courtesan Goshuden no Okuma) and Nakamanjiya Tamagiku [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1858: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; the nibanme of this drama is now entitled "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki" in the Kabuki repertoire (commonly called "Kurotegumi Sukeroku"); Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Princess Sakura, Omaki, Miuraya Agemaki and Otake [more details].

1st lunar month of 1859: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based sanbas˘mono "Kotobuki Shiki Sanba"; Kikugor˘ plays the role of Senzai [casting].

4th lunar month of 1860: Kikugor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Kaoyo, Kaoru, Tonase and Osono in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

28th day of the 6th lunar month of 1860: Kikugor˘ dies in Edo.

Comments:

Onoe Kikugor˘ IV was the only actor in this prestigious lineage to play mainly onnagata roles. His best role was the menoto Masaoka in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

Onoe Kikugor˘ IV playing the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" (print made in 1860)

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1839

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1850

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1851

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1859

The Onoe Eizabur˘ line of actors

The Onoe Baik˘ line of actors

The Onoe Kikugor˘ line of actors

 
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