BANDď MITSUGORď VII

Stage names:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII In Japanese
Band˘ Yasosuke II In Japanese

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Existence: 1882 ~ 4 November 1961

Connection:

Father: Morita Kan'ya XII

Brother: Morita Kan'ya XIII

Sister: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ III

Masters: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Nakamura Shikan IV

Dance masters: Fujima Kan'emon II, Hanayagi Katsujir˘

Adopted son: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII

Disciples: Band˘ Minosuke V, Band˘ Mitsuemon IV, Band˘ Daikichi II, Band˘ Daikichi III, Band˘ Mitsusabur˘, Band˘ Mitsunoj˘

Career:

October 1889: he makes his first stage appearance, playing under the name of Band˘ Yasosuke II at the Kiriza in the drama "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki".

April 1906: Band˘ Yasosuke II takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII at the Kabukiza, playing in the drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume Kagatobi".

1908: Mitsugor˘ becomes zagashira at the Ichimuraza. His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Nakamura Kichiemon I.

March 1910: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "Hanago", adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and staged under the title "Migawari Zazen"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Tamanoi [casting].

June 1911: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Shizuka Gozen and the spirit of Taira no Tomomori in the dance-drama "Funa Benkei".

January 1916: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "B˘ Shibari", which is adapted to kabuki by Okamura Shik˘; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Tar˘kaja [casting].

July 1917: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "Tachi Nusubito", adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ with a musical accompaniment written by Kineya Mitar˘. Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI and Mitsugor˘ play the 3 roles of the dance.

November 1920: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Nihon Gekij˘ (K˘be) and at the Misonoza (Nagoya, from the 12th of the month) the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

1921: Mitsugor˘ leaves the Ichimuraza.

March 1921: premiere at the Imperial Theater of the dance-drama "Chatsubo", which is adapted from ky˘gen to Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and stars Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Mitsugor˘.

February 1922: revival at the Imperial Theater of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuki no Kao Monaka no Natorigusa", which is entitled "Oniji Hy˘shimai"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Osada Tar˘ [more details].

February 1926: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Hong˘za the roles of Shizuka Gozen and the spirit of Taira no Tomomori in the dance-drama "Funa Benkei".

April 1926: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Hong˘za the roles of Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and Genroku in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

January 1924: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Minamiza (Ky˘to) and at the Misonoza (Nagoya, from the 18th of the month) the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". The role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

May 1926: Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Abe no Munet˘ in the play "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which is performed at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza. His stage partners are Ichikawa Chűsha VII (Abe no Sadat˘), Band˘ Shűch˘ III (Sodehagi) and Ichimura Kamez˘ III (Yoshiie).

April 1928: Mitsugor˘ plays for the first time the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the bombastic play "Ya-no-Ne", which is staged at the Meijiza.

January 1932: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Nakaza (ďsaka) the role of Sakata Kurando in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the roles of Yaegiri is played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

September 1933: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the Nagauta-based ky˘gen "Takatsuki", which is adapted for Kabuki by Hisamatsu Issei (lyrics) and Kashiwa Izabur˘ (music) and performed by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Mitsugor˘.

May 1936: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the bombastic play "Ya-no-Ne".

june 1940: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the bombastic play "Ya-no-Ne".

January 1940: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in the "Yuka Shita" scene of the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". The role of Nikki Danj˘ is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

May 1949: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the dance-drama "Higaki"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Shii no Sh˘sh˘ [casting].

September 1951: Mitsugor˘ plays for the last time the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, at the Kabukiza, in the bombastic play "Ya-no-Ne".

July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Awazu Rokuemon Toshikane [more details].

September 1957: Mitsugor˘ collapses on the Kabukiza stage while performing in the play "Kanzan Jittoku". This is his last performance.

Comments:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII was an excellent dancer, nicknamed "The God of Dance" ("Odori no Kamisama" in Japanese) and stage partner of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI in great dances like the 2 famous ky˘gen "Migawari Zazen" (created at the Ichimuraza in 1910) and "B˘ Shibari" (created at the Ichimuraza in 1916). Aragoto was another of his fields of excellence.

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII's best roles : Tadanobu ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), Kisen ("Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori"), Soga Gor˘ Tokimune ("Kotobuki Soga no Taimen" and "Ya-no-Ne"), the leading roles of the dances "Yasuna", "Chatsubo", "Kurama Jishi", "Sanja Matsuri", "Kairaishi", "Tomo Yakko" and "Tanemaki Sanbas˘".

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII in a yakko role in a print made by Natori Shunsen

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Yamamura Toyonari in 1922

The Band˘ Yasosuke line of actors

The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors

 
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