NAKAYAMA KIYONOSUKE

Stage names:

Nakayama Kiyonosuke In Japanese

Existence: ??? ~ 1692

Connection:

Master (?): Band˘ Matazaemon I

Career:

Tenna era: he made his apprenticeship in Edo with the actor Band˘ Matazaemon I.

5th lunar month of 1684: Kiyonosuke played at the Nakamuraza the role of the courtesan Katsuragi in Mimasu Hy˘go's drama "Fuwa Sokushin no Ikazuchi". His stage partners are Katsuyama Hikoshir˘ (Nagoya Sanza) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I (Fuwa Banzaemon).

1687: Kiyonosuke performed at the yashiki of the daimy˘ M˘ri.

1688: Kiyonosuke performed at the Ichimuraza. He was said around that time to be one of the Yakusha Shitenn˘, literally the Big Four Actors [1].

1692: Kiyonosuke passed away in Edo.

Comments:

Nakayama Kiyonosuke was an Edo onnagata actor, who was active from the beginning of the J˘ky˘ era to the beginning of the Genroku era. He had a great and refreshing k˘seki and was an outstanding dancer.

[1] There were not four actors in the 1688 Big Four but ... nine actors : beside Nakayama Kiyonosuke, the others were Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I, It˘ Kodayű II, Nakayama Sayonosuke, Noda Kuranoj˘, Matsumura Gennosuke, Murayama Heijűr˘ I, Fujita Shosabur˘ and Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ I.

Nakayama Kiyonosuke in an ilustration from the book
"Kokon Shibai Irokurabe Hyakunin Isshu" (1st lunar month of 1693)

 
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