BANDď KUNIGORď I

Stage name:

Band˘ Kunigor˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Awaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Crest: Tachibana (the wood sorrel)

Existence: ??? ~ ???

Connection:

Master/father-in-law: Band˘ Matakur˘ II

Brother: Band˘ Iwagor˘

Career:

Dates of birth and death unknown. Born in ďsaka, he was the brother of Band˘ Iwagor˘. He settled in Edo where he became the disciple of Band˘ Matakur˘ II. He was a travelling actor for a while.

Fall 1743: Kunigor˘ settles in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1743: he he becomes katakiyaku, playing in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater two villains roles in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri ďshimadai", which is produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I. This is his first-recorded stage performance in Kamigata ˘shibai.

Summer 1749: successful tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1749: Kunigor˘ plays the role of Banba no Chűta at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Fűryű Gosho Zakura", which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1750: Kunigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Nakamura Danz˘.

11th lunar month of 1754: Kunigor˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Tezuka Satoemon in the kaomise drama "Uda Genji Asahi no Menbako", which was produced by Wakayama Bunshichi.

11th lunar month of 1755: Kunigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Chidori Hamaemon in the kaomise drama "Jidai Sewa Kogane no Hanazoroe", which is produced by Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1756: Kunigor˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Kugami Tanbei in the kaomise drama "ďmatsu Kyokusuke Tanzen Ropp˘".

11th lunar month of 1757: Kunigor˘ plays the role of ďba Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Sakiwake Musha K˘bai no Tazuna", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II at the Naka no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1759: Kunigor˘ performs at the Kado no Shibai in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Saiwai Genji Ch˘kyű no Maki", which is produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I, celebrates the comeback in Kamigata of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and the shűmei of Arashi Koiz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1760: Kunigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1760: Kunigor˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Makinoshima Okuzaemon in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Toshitoku M˘de", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1761: Kunigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

9th lunar month of 1761: Kunigor˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sud˘ Kuhachir˘ in the drama "Onna Hinin Katakiuchi". This is most likely his last-recorded stage performance in ˘shibai. We don't know what happened to him afterwards.

Comments:

Band˘ Kunigor˘ I was a popular ďsaka katakiyaku and jitsuaku actor, who was active in his native city from the end of the 1740s to the beginning of the 1760s. He was jitsuaku only for one season. He had a great stage presence and his k˘seki was highly-praised.

Band˘ Kunigor˘ I playing the role of ďba Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Sakiwake Musha K˘bai no Tazuna", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1757 at the Naka no Shibai

The Band˘ Kunigor˘ line of actors

 
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