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 [1]

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 became a disciple of the actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I at an early age, receving the name of Onoe Sanosuke.

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

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

Fall 1764: Harugor˘ went to ďsaka.

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

Fall 1766: Shichisabur˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1766: Onoe Shichisabur˘ took the name of Onoe Shinshichi I at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing in the kaomise drama "Yuki no Asa Daimonjitsu Miyako no Fuku", which was 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 played the role of Fujiwara no Kamatari [casting].

11th lunar month of 1771: Shinshichi played 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 was produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I, welcomed in Ky˘to the Edo actor Sakata Hangor˘ II and celebrated 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 was very close to Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Shinshichi played the roles of Sasaki Tan'emon, Honda Dainaiki and Uesugi Ieyori Shuzen [casting].

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

11th lunar month of 1777: Shinshichi played 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 played the roles of Hayakawa Takakage and S˘emon's wife [casting].

Fall 1779: Shinshichi went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1779: Shinshichi played the role of Yusa no Kunisuke in the kaomise drama "Miyako Han'ei Nanshi no Hiraki Hajime", which was 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, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

29th day of the 12th lunar month of 1783 [2]: his master Onoe Kikugor˘ I died.

1st lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi"; Shinshichi played 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, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time by Namiki Gohŕ, and staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Shinshichi played the role of Obiya Ch˘emon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1784: Shinshichi played 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 was produced by Nakayama Ihachi II.

1st lunar month of 1788: Shinshichi's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was 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 played 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 were a sewamono drama, which will be staged independently in the 5th lunar month of 1794 under the title "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; Shinshichi played the role of Katsuma Gengobŕ [more details].

4th ~ 5th lunar months of 1794: Shinshichi played 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 were played by Arashi Sangor˘ II and Nakayama Bunshichi II. Shinshichi left ďsaka before the end of the productions (in the 6th lunar month) and went to Ky˘to.

5th lunar month of 1794: Shinshichi played 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 played the role of Katsuma Gengobŕ [casting].

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

11th lunar month of 1796: Onoe Shinshichi I took 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 was staged from the 18th day of the 11th lunar month in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Koisabur˘'s stage partners were 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˘ played 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 was 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, was 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˘ played 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, was shin-j˘-j˘-kichi (truly - superior - superior - excellent).

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

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

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

3rd lunar month of 1806: Koisabur˘ played 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˘ appeared 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 fell ill and definitively retired.

9th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1809 [1]: Koisabur˘ died.

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.

[1] The 9th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 6th year of the Bunka era was the 23rd of April 1809 in the western calendar.

[2] The 29th day of the 12th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenmei era was the 21st of January 1784 in the western calendar.

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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