ďtani Hikosabur˘
ďtani Hikosabur˘  In Japanese | Yamakawa Hikogor˘  In Japanese

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Yamakawa Hikozaemon, he started his career in Edo, performing as a tachiyaku under the name of Yamakawa Hikogor˘. His first-recorded performance happened in the 1st lunar month of 1700 at the Nakamuraza, where he played in the new year drama "Mannen Goyomi Inariyama". He went to Ky˘to, became katakiyaku and took the name of ďtani Hikosabur˘ to play the role of Gofukuya Sh˘bŕ in the 1st lunar month of 1707 in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kiba no Ume", which was staged at Miyako Mandayű's theater. He was active in Ky˘to up to 1725 (where he was in the last years of his stay both an actor and a t˘dori). He went to ďsaka at the beginning of 1727 and switched to tachiyaku roles. He played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Tsukuba Sukejűr˘ in the drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich˘", which was produced by Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I in the 2nd lunar month of 1726. His ranking in the 1726 ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior). He stopped acting in ˘shibai and started to perform in tabi shibai. There were records of performances in Ise and Nagoya in 1731. He performed as a jitsuaku in Nagoya in 1732. His last-recorded performance happened in 1734 in Nagoya, where he performed for the zamoto Onogawa Sennosuke at the Seijuin no Shibai. No record afterwards.

The actors ďtani Hikosabur˘ (left) and Karyű Sawaemon (right) playing the roles of the kumosuke Yami no Yajibŕ and the hinin Chűbŕ in the kaomise drama "Ch˘seiden Kogane no Ishizue", which was staged in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater in the 11th lunar month of 1718

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