KIRIZA
City Edo
History

11th lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To", which was performed within the drama "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura" with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Ono no Komachi, the courtesan Sumizome, the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree Segawa Kikunoj˘ III
Sekibŕ, ďtomo no Kuronushi Nakamura Nakaz˘ I
Yoshimine Munesada Ichikawa Monnosuke II

2nd lunar month of 1785: Segawa Kikunoj˘ III performed at the Kiriza all the roles of a Nagauta-based 5-role hengemono, which was entitled "Haru-ha Mukashi Yukari no Hanabusa". 2 of these roles became independent dances, which are still part of the current repertoire: "Hane no Kamuro" (a kamuro with a Japanese battledore and shuttlecock racket) and "Shirozake Uri" (the sweet white sake seller).

8th ~ 9th lunar months of 1788: "Takao no Miya Honji Kaich˘" was the last program at the Kiriza, which had to give back its license to the Ichimuraza and close its business.

11th lunar month of 1793: reopening of the Kiriza after the closing of the Ichimuraza; the kaomise drama "Matsu no Tayű Yuki no Datezome", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world and which celebrated the shűmei of Band˘ Minosuke I, was staged with the actors Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Morita Kan'ya VIII, Nakamura Kumetar˘ II, Nakamura Sukegor˘ II, Ichikawa Komaz˘ III and Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I.

6th lunar month of 1795: the drama "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kiriza, with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III
Rokur˘dayű Yamatoyama Tomoemon
Kozue Sakakiyama Sangor˘
Matano Gor˘ Morita Kan'ya VIII
ďba Sabur˘ Ichikawa Dansaku I

1st lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kiriza of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Ume no Yoshibŕ Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III
Koume, Ch˘kichi Segawa Kikunoj˘ III
Kanaya Kingor˘ Ichikawa Omez˘ I
Gengobŕ Arashi Ryűz˘ II
Okimi Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I
Shinraku Kanjűr˘ Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II
Kosan Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I
Ch˘gor˘ ďtani Tomoemon II
Dote no Toburoku, Jűheiji Nakajima Kanzaemon IV

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kiriza with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Rokusuke, Lord Koori Otonari Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III
Ichimisai's elder daughter Osono Segawa Kikunoj˘ III
Ky˘goku no Takumi Arashi Ryűz˘ II
The yakko Sagohei Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II
Ichimisai's younger daughter Okiku Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I
Kinugawa Yasabur˘ Nakamura Denkur˘ IV
Yoshioka Ichimisai ďtani Hiroji III
Kinugawa Yasaemon, Ky˘goku Dainoshin ďtani Tomoemon II
Harukaze T˘z˘ Matsumoto Kunigor˘
Todoroki Dengoemon, the yakko Tomohei Ichikawa Omez˘ I
Ok˘ Onoe Raisuke

"Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" was also staged at the Miyakoza [casting].

6th lunar month of 1797: the dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To" was revived for the first time, at the Kiriza, with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Ono no Komachi, the courtesan Sumizome, the spirit of Komachi's cherry tree Iwai Kiyotar˘ II
Sekibŕ, ďtomo no Kuronushi Ichikawa Omez˘ I
Yoshimine Munesada Nakamura Denkur˘ IV

1st lunar month of 1798: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of Namiki Gohei I's play "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", commonly called "Ninin Shinbŕ", which is staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
Demura Shinbŕ Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III
Tamaya Shinbŕ Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III
The courtesan Kojor˘ Segawa Kikunoj˘ III
Ujihara Yűz˘ Ichikawa Omez˘ I
Ukai Kujűr˘, Tamaya Shin'emon Arashi Sanpachi I
The Tamaya tedai Sanshir˘ ďtani Tomoemon II

9th lunar month of 1798: last performances at the Kiriza. The license was given back to the Ichimuraza, which reopened in the 11th lunar month of 1798.

9th lunar month of 1815: the Ichimuraza went bankrupt and gave its license to the Kiriza.

3rd lunar month of 1816: the Kiriza reopened; it was managed by Kiri Ch˘kiri and the actor Ichikawa Dannosuke III, who coproduced the drama "Tasuketamae Kami no Manimani".

12th day of the 1st lunar month of 1817: a fire broke out in the district of Norimono-ch˘ and destroyed both the Nakamuraza and the Kiriza.

3rd lunar month of 1817: the Kiriza reopened and welcomed for its reopening a group of 13 Kamigata actors, which was led by the star Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Band˘ Jűtar˘.

10th lunar month of 1817: the Kiriza went bankrupt and had to hand over its license for Kabuki performances to the Miyakoza. Ichikawa Dannosuke III fell ill and, because of both illness and the heavy burden of the Kiriza debts, committed suicide the 2nd of the 11th lunar month of 1817.

December 1883: the Kiriza was back in business in T˘ky˘ in the district of Yotsuya; the dramas "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and "Kuruwa Bunsh˘" were staged with a troupe led by Nakamura Nakaz˘ III.

March 1890: premiere at the Kiriza of Takeshiba Kisui's drama "Kami no Megumi Wag˘ no Torikumi", which was staged with the following casting:

Roles Actors
The tobigashira Tatsugor˘ Onoe Kikugor˘ V
Kitadashi Kisabur˘, the sum˘tori Kuryűzan Namiemon (previously named Mizuhiki Seigor˘) Ichikawa Sadanji I
The sum˘tori Yotsuguruma Daihachi Nakamura Shikan IV
Tatsugor˘'s ny˘b˘ Onaka Sawamura Gennosuke IV
The tobi Utagawa-ch˘ Ch˘jir˘ Ichikawa Kodanji V
The tobi Shibai-ch˘ Fujimatsu Band˘ Kakitsu I
The tobi R˘getsu-ch˘ Kameemon Onoe Matsusuke IV
The sum˘tori Aranami Kamenosuke Ichikawa Arajir˘ I
The tobi Yasuke Nakamura Jusabur˘ III
Edoza Kitar˘ Band˘ Hikojűr˘ I
Obanaya's ny˘b˘ Okura Ichikawa Sh˘jaku II
Omocha no Bunji Nakamura Tsurumatsu
Tatsugor˘'s son Matahachi Onoe Kiku
The cover of the ehon banzuke of the 1793 kaomise program at the Kiriza
 
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