|ONOE KIKUGORď V|
Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Onoe Baik˘ V
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry names: Baik˘ (5), Kakitsu (4)
Existence: 4th day of the 6th lunar month of 1844 ~ 18 February 1903
Father: Ichimura Takenoj˘ V
Brother: Band˘ Kakitsu I
11th lunar month of 1848: he makes his first appearance on stage, receiving the name of Ichimura Kur˘emon.
1st lunar month of 1851: the actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII and Ichimura Kur˘emon respectively take the names of Ichimura Takenoj˘ V and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII; the new Uzaemon becomes the manager of the Ichimuraza.
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"); Uzaemon plays the role of Shichinosuke's younger sister Onami [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"); Uzaemon plays the role of Sakichi [more details].
3rd lunar month of 1862: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie" (commonly called "Shiranami Gonin Otoko"); Uzaemon plays the role of Benten Koz˘ [casting].
Spring 1863: Ichimura Uzaemon XIII takes the name of Ichimura Kakitsu IV.
2nd lunar month of 1867: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's new year sogamono "Keisei Soga Kuruwa Kagami", in which was premiered the drama "Oshizu Reiza"; Kakitsu plays the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, the spirit of the husband and wife pine tree of the Hakone mountain, Kosui no Nabematsu, the Okushűya tedai Reizabur˘ and the shinz˘ Hatsugiku [more details].
7th lunar month of 1869: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kichisama Mairu Yukari no Otozure"; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Yukanba Kichisa, Tabatake Jűzabur˘, the koshimoto Osugi and Dozaemon Denkichi [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1870: premiere at the Nakamuraza of "Ume Goyomi Tatsumi no Sono", an adaptation to Kabuki by Kawatake Shinshichi II and Segawa Jok˘ III of Tamenaga Shunsui's 1833 novel "Shunshoku Ume Goyomi"; Kikugor˘ plays the role of Karakotoya Tanjir˘ [casting].
7th lunar month of 1872: Kikugor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Oiwa, Kohei and Yomoshichi in the drama "Oiwa Inari Rish˘ no Tamagushi" (similar to Tsuruya namboku IV's masterpiece "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"); the role of Iemon is played by Nakamura Shikan IV.
June 1876: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hototogisu Date no Kikigaki"; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Katagiri Kojűr˘, Sad˘ Chinga and Kannami Sanzaemon (in reality Narukami Mineemon) [casting].
October 1878: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of travelling actor Miyagawa Ushinosuke (later the priest Enmeiin Nitt˘) and the hinin Oguri no Umakichi [casting].
June 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's dance-drama "Tsuchi Gumo", which is staged to commemorate the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ III; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of the priest Chichű and the spirit of the ground spider [casting].
November 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubŕ", a revision of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi"; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of the send˘ Tenjiku Tokubŕ, Dainichimaru, the tepp˘ smith Kakuz˘, the zat˘ Tokuichi and Shiba Saemon Yoshiteru [casting].
October 1884: Kikugor˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Oiwa, Kohei and Yomoshichi in the drama "Katamigusa Yotsuya Kaidan" (similar to Tsuruya namboku IV's masterpiece "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"); the role of Iemon is played by Kataoka Gad˘ III.
January 1885: two dances are staged at the Chitoseza, about to reopen in February 1885 with a new name. From the 4th to the 7th of January, two auspicious dances and a k˘j˘ with the troupe led by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX are staged. The sanbas˘ is staged with Ichikawa Sadanji I (Okina), Band˘ Kakitsu I (Senzai) and Kikugor˘ (Sanbas˘). This is also the premiere of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuru Kame" [more details].
February 1885: Kikugor˘ takes part in the opening ceremony of the Chitoseza [more details]. Premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa"; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Funazu K˘bŕ and the thief Kotengű Y˘jir˘ [casting].
26 April 1887: the emperor views Kabuki for the first time at the residence of Inoue Kaoru, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The casting includes the three leading stars Kikugor˘, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Ichikawa Sadanji I.
April 1890: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Hitotsuya"; Kikugor˘ plays the leading role of the old woman Ibara.
November 1891: the title "Oto ni Kiku Tenjiku Tokubŕ" is used for the first time, in T˘ky˘ at the Fukanoza; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of the send˘ Tenjiku Tokubŕ, Dainichimaru, Fuwa Banzaemon and the zat˘ Tokuichi [casting].
July 1892: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘", adapted for Kabuki from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘; Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Tomoz˘ and Oyone's ghost [casting]. Premiere also in the same theater of the dance "Makura Jid˘", which stars Kikugor˘ in the role of Kikujid˘.
November 1902: Kikugor˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Kinai, Shizue and Benten K˘z˘ Kikunosuke in the drama "Chűshin Kanagaki K˘shaku".
18 February 1903: Kikugor˘ dies.
Onoe Kikugor˘ V belonged to the triumvirat of stars who dominated the Kabuki world during the Meiji era (the two others were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Ichikawa Sadanji I). He created with Kawatake Mokuami a new genre called zangirimono.
Onoe Kikugor˘ V's best roles: Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke ("Shiranami Gonin Otoko"), Kataoka Naojir˘ ("Naozamurai"), Kamiyui Shinza ("Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachij˘"), Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori ("Sanemori Monogatari"), Sat˘ Tadanobu/the fox Genkur˘ ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), Gosho no Goroz˘ ("Soga Moy˘ Tateshi no Goshozome"), Hayano Kanpei ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Masaoka ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi"), Oiwa/Kohei/Yomoshichi ("T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan").
Onoe Kikugor˘ V gathered his favourite dance-dramas in a collection named Shinko Engeki Jűsshu: "Rakan", "Kodera no Neko" (these 2 items were performed for the first time by his grandfather Onoe Kikugor˘ III), "Tsuchi Gumo", "Ibaraki", "Hitotsuya", "Modoribashi", "Kikujid˘" and "Hagoromo". His son Onoe Kikugor˘ VI completed later on the collection by adding "Migawari Zazen" and "Osakabe Hime".
"He succeeded to the headship of the Onoe family, ranked with the ninth Danjűr˘, and in some respects surpassed him. It was in drama of everyday life that Kikugor˘ most excelled, the sentimental and realistic having the greatest appeal for him." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")
Onoe Kikugor˘ V playing the role of Benten Koz˘ in the drama "Yoko Shimada Kanoko Furisode", whose plot and character belong to "Shiranami Gonin Otoko" world and which was performed in June 1889 at the Moritaza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika)
The Ichimura Uzaemon line of actors
The Ichimura Kakitsu line of actors
The Onoe Kikugor˘ line of actors
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