ONOE KOISABURď I

Stage names:

Onoe Koisabur˘ I In Japanese
Onoe Shinshichi I In Japanese
Onoe Shichisabur˘ In Japanese
Onoe Harugor˘ In Japanese
Onoe Sanosuke In Japanese

Others names:

Nanbuya Magobŕ In Japanese
Onoe Fujaku I In Japanese

Guilds: Nanbuya, Otowaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Fujaku (1)

Existence: 1745 ~ 9th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1809

Connection:

Master: Onoe Kikugor˘ I

Son: Onoe Koisabur˘ II

Disciples: Onoe Shinshichi II, Onoe Fujaku III, Onoe Kuraemon, Onoe Toramatsu

Career:

1745: born in Edo. He becomes a disciple of the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I at an early age, receving the name of Onoe Sanosuke.

11th lunar month of 1755: Sanosuke makes his first stage, at the Ichimuraza, performing as a koyaku in the kaomise drama "Kashiwagat˘ge Kichirei Sum˘".

11th lunar month of 1760: Onoe Sanosuke takes the name of Onoe Harugor˘.

Fall 1764: Harugor˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1764: Onoe Harugor˘ takes the name of Onoe Shichisabur˘ at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the kaomise drama "Momotar˘ Obako Banashi", which celebrates the shűmei of Yoshizawa Ayame III.

Fall 1766: Shichisabur˘ goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1766: Onoe Shichisabur˘ takes the name of Onoe Shinshichi I at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing in the kaomise drama "Yuki no Asa Daimonjitsu Miyako no Fuku", which is produced by Yamashita Ky˘nosuke and Ichiyama Sukegor˘.

3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1771: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Shinshichi plays the role of Fujiwara no Kamatari [casting].

11th lunar month of 1771: Shinshichi plays in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Yamashironosuke, in reality Watari Shinzaemon, in the kaomise drama "Miyako Yoshino Mikado no Takadono", which is produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I, welcomes in Ky˘to the Edo actor Sakata Hangor˘ II and celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Anegawa Minato II and Yamatoyama Rinzaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1777: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Keisei Tonoi Zakura", whose plot is very close to Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Shinshichi plays the roles of Sasaki Tan'emon, Honda Dainaiki and Uesugi Ieyori Shuzen [casting].

Fall 1777: Shinshichi goes to ďsaka after 11 seasons spent in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1777: Shinshichi plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of the wakat˘ Shinpei, in reality Anado Taisuke, in the kaomise drama "ďiri Kabuki no Tsuitachi", sharing the stage with his master Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1778: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's play "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Shinshichi plays the roles of Hayakawa Takakage and S˘emon's wife [casting].

Fall 1779: Shinshichi goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1779: Shinshichi plays the role of Yusa no Kunisuke in the kaomise drama "Miyako Han'ei Nanshi no Hiraki Hajime", which is produced by Nakayama Ihachi I at the theater of Kameya Kumenoj˘ and Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

1st lunar month of 1783: Shinshichi's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

29th day of the 12th lunar month of 1783: his master Onoe Kikugor˘ I dies.

1st lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi"; Shinshichi plays the roles of Kitabatake Kazue-no-Kami, Koshino Kanzaemon and the r˘nin Y˘suke [casting].

5th lunar month of 1784: the play "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami", which was originally written in the 10th lunar month of 1776 by Suga Sensuke for the puppet theater, is adapted for Kabuki for the first time by Namiki Gohŕ, and staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Shinshichi plays the role of Obiya Ch˘emon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1784: Shinshichi plays in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai the role of Akita J˘nosuke in Tatsuoka Mansaku's kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana ďshimadai", which is produced by Nakayama Ihachi II.

1st lunar month of 1788: Shinshichi's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is shi-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1793: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yanagi Zakura", the first yanagisawa-s˘d˘mono in Kabuki history, written by Tatsuoka Mansaku and Chikamatsu Tokus˘; Shinshichi plays the roles of Isshiki Yűki-no-Kami, the old woman Yagumo and Watanabe Y˘suke [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Shima Meguri Uso no Kikigaki"; the last scenes are a sewamono drama, which will be staged independently in the 5th lunar month of 1794 under the title "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; Shinshichi plays the role of Katsuma Gengobŕ [more details].

4th ~ 5th lunar months of 1794: Shinshichi plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Matsu˘maru and Terukuni in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Sakuramaru and Ume˘maru are played by Arashi Sangor˘ II and Nakayama Bunshichi II. Shinshichi leaves ďsaka before the end of the productions (in the 6th lunar month) and goes to Ky˘to.

5th lunar month of 1794: Shinshichi plays at the Nishi no Shibai (Ky˘to) the roles of Rokuyata and Midaroku in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

5th lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Nishi no Shibai (Ky˘to) of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; Shinshichi plays the role of Katsuma Gengobŕ [casting].

1st lunar month of 1796: Shinshichi's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1796: Onoe Shinshichi I takes the name of Onoe Koisabur˘ I in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater, playing the role of Matsunoo no Naiki in the kaomise drama "Yama Katsura Asahi no Menbako"; the same kaomise program with the same casting is staged from the 18th day of the 11th lunar month in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Koisabur˘'s stage partners are Arashi Sangor˘ II, Arashi Hinasuke II, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Seki San'emon, Yamamura Giemon II, Arashi Mitsuemon I, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Azuma T˘z˘ III and Nakayama Bungor˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1796: Koisabur˘ plays the roles of Hashimoto Jibuemon and Namp˘ Jűjibŕ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which is produced by Fujikawa Hachiz˘ III at the Kado no Shibai; the same play is staged with the same casting in the 4th lunar month of 1797 in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1799: Koisabur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent).

9th lunar month of 1801: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of Shiba Shis˘'s drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi"; Koisabur˘ plays the roles of Sassa Narimasa, Tsukumo Shinzaemon and Omuro Yosenami [casting].

1st lunar month of 1802: Koisabur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is shin-j˘-j˘-kichi (truly - superior - superior - excellent).

10th lunar month of 1802: Koisabur˘ does his isse ichidai performance, playing the role of Mushanosuke in the drama "Katakiuchi Ganryűjima", which is produced at the Kado no Shibai by Anegawa Kamesabur˘; he retires, takes the name of Nanbuya Magobŕ and opens a face powder shop in the district of Gion (Ky˘to).

3rd lunar month of 1804: Koisabur˘ is back on stage, playing at the Naka no Shibai in the drama "Onna Fűzoku Monzen".

3rd lunar month of 1805: Koisabur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Daihanji no Kiyosumi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

3rd lunar month of 1806: Koisabur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Tsunemori, Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane and Rokuyata in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

3rd lunar month of 1807: Koisabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the roles of Hashimoto Jibuemon and Namp˘ Jűjibŕ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; he suddenly falls ill and definitively retires.

9th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1809: Koisabur˘ dies.

Comments:

Onoe Koisabur˘ I was prominent tachiyaku actor, who won fame for himself in Kamigata although he was born in Edo. He reached the j˘-j˘-kichi rank in 1783, dai-j˘-j˘-kichi in 1799 and shin-j˘-j˘-kichi in 1802. He was short-sized but his bearing on stage was outstanding. He excelled in wajitsu and bud˘goto roles.

Onoe Koisabur˘ I (1799~1801)

Illustrated playbill 1794

Illustrated playbill 1798

The Onoe Fujaku line of actors

The Onoe Shinshichi line of actors

The Onoe Koisabur˘ line of actors

 
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