|BANDď MITSUGORď VII|
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Existence: 1882 ~ 4 November 1961
Father: Morita Kan'ya XII
Brother: Morita Kan'ya XIII
Sister: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ III
Dance masters: Fujima Kan'emon II, Hanayagi Katsujir˘
Adopted son: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII
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".
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.
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].
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).
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˘.
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.
September 1957: Mitsugor˘ collapses on the Kabukiza stage while performing in the play "Kanzan Jittoku". This is his last performance.
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
The Band˘ Yasosuke line of actors
The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors
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