BANDď MITSUGORď IX

Stage names:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX In Japanese
Band˘ Minosuke VII In Japanese
Band˘ Yasosuke IV In Japanese
Band˘ Mitsunobu In Japanese

Real name: Morita Mitsunobu

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: KUDAIME (IX)

Existence: 14 May 1929 ~ 1 April 1999

Connection:

Grand-father: Band˘ Shűch˘ II

Father: Band˘ Shűch˘ III

Adopted Father and father-in-law: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII

Masters: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Onoe Sh˘roku II

Brothers: Band˘ Matatar˘ VII, Ichikawa Komaz˘ X

Son: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X

Grandson: Band˘ Minosuke II

Career:

November 1933: he makes his first appearance on stage, in T˘ky˘ at the Shinjuku Daiichi Gekij˘, receiving the name of Band˘ Mitsunobu and playing the role of Kantar˘ in the drama "Shigure no Kotatsu".

September 1935: his father Band˘ Shűch˘ III dies.

1935: after the death of his father, Mitsunobu becomes heyago of the star Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

July 1949: his master Onoe Kikugor˘ VI dies; Mitsunobu becomes disciple of Onoe Sh˘roku II.

December 1949: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Ikutama Shinjű" is revived at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘, using a new script written by Uno Nobuo; Mitsunobu plays the role of Ikumatsu [more details].

July 1951: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Mitsunobu plays the role of the bonze Unnen [casting].

January 1952: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Hagiwara Yukio's Kiyomoto-based d˘j˘jimono "Yuki no D˘j˘ji"; Mitsunobu plays the role of a D˘j˘ji bonze [casting].

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Mitsunobu plays the role of Tokumatsu [casting].

January 1954: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which is entitled "Ataru Toshi Iwau Harukoma"; Mitsunobu plays the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune [casting].

1955: Mitsunobu is adopted by his father-in-law Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII.

May 1955: Band˘ Mitsunobu takes the name of Band˘ Yasosuke IV at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Hayami T˘ta in the dance "Yoshinoyama". The roles of Shizuka Gozen and Tadanobu are played by Ichikawa Sadanji III and Onoe Sh˘roku II.

September 1962: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 generations of actors belonging to the Yamatoya guild (Yamatoya Sandai Shűmei); Band˘ Minosuke VI and Band˘ Yasosuke IV respectively take the names of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII and Band˘ Minosuke VII; this is also the hatsubutai of Band˘ Yasosuke V; the new Minosuke plays the roles of Masakiyo and Konn˘maru in "Ehon Taik˘ki" and "Reimei Kuramayama".

November 1962: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Minosuke plays the role of the yakko Kiyohei, in reality the onmy˘ji Abe no Kiyotsura [more details].

June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; Minosuke plays the role of Usui Sadamitsu [casting]. Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Minosuke plays the role of Arashi Sangor˘ [casting].

November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in T˘ky˘ with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Minosuke plays the role of Ume˘maru [casting].

December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theater with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Minosuke plays the roles of Terukuni and Yodarekuri Yotar˘ [casting].

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Minosuke plays the roles of Ono no Harukaze and Hakuunb˘ (the Buddhist monk white cloud) [casting].

February 1967: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Dattan"; Minosuke plays the role of a rengy˘shű [casting].

March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Minosuke plays the role of Iruma Akugor˘ [casting].

August 1967: tour in Canada; Minosuke plays the roles of one of Yoshitsune's guardmans, a priest and Utanosuke in "Kanjinch˘", "Musume D˘j˘ji" and "Keisei Hangonk˘", which are staged at ThÚÓtre Maisonneuve in MontrÚal.

September ~ October 1969: tour in the USA; Minosuke plays the roles of ďboshi Rikiya and the Mountain God in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and the dance-drama "Momijigari", which are staged in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

January 1975: his adoptive father Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII dies of paralysis and convulsions after eating fugu liver in a Ky˘to restaurant.

March 1975: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari"; Minosuke plays the role of Band˘ Yamatonosuke [casting].

January 1979: tour in the Popular Republic of China; Minosuke plays the role of Ashikaga Tadayoshi in the opening act of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

March 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Minosuke plays the role of Sasagawa K˘jűr˘ [casting].

September 1987: Band˘ Minosuke VII takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Matahei, Kisen and Tar˘kaja in "Domo Mata", "Rokkasen" and "Tsuri Onna". His stage partners in the roles of Matahei's wife Otoku ("Domo Mata") and Okaji ("Rokkasen") are Onoe Baik˘ VII and Nakamura Utaemon VI.

October 1987: Mitsugor˘ celebrates his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza by playing the roles of Yasha˘, Tar˘kaja and Arajishi Otokonosuke in "Shuzenji Monogatari", "Tsuri Onna" and "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

December 1987: Mitsugor˘ celebrates his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza by playing the roles of Kisen and K˘ya Yogor˘ in "Rokkasen" and "Gosho Goroz˘". the role of Okaji ("Rokkasen") is played by Nakamura Jakuemon.

April 1988: Mitsugor˘ celebrates his shűmei at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza by playing the roles of Matahei, Jir˘kaja and ďno Shűrinosuke Harunaga in "Domo Mata", "B˘ Shibari" and "Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu". The role of Matahei's wife Otoku ("Domo Mata") is played by Onoe Baik˘ VII.

December 1988: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the roles of Kinugawa Taniz˘ and Watanabe Gekizaemon in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

January 1989: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ the leading role of the dance "Echigo Jishi".

April 1989: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the 2 leading roles of the dance "ďharame Kuniiri Yakko".

November 1989: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Miki Jűzaemon in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Reigen kameyama Hoko".

December 1989: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the aragoto role of ďdate Samagor˘ in the drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".

November 1990: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Wat˘nai's father R˘ikkan in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen". The role of Wat˘nai is played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘.

October 1991: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the roles of K˘mori Yasu and Wada no Hy˘e Hidemori in the dramas "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" and "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

June 1992: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Nippon Daemon in the "Hamamatsuya" and "Inasegawa" scenes of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie".

September 1993: tour in the USA; Mitsugor˘ plays at the japan America Theatre (Los Angeles) the roles of Kakubei, Sanbas˘ and a boatman in the dances "Echigo Jishi", "Shitadashi Sanbas˘" and "Shizuhata Obi".

October 1993: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Wat˘nai's father R˘ikkan in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen". The role of Wat˘nai is played by Nakamura Tomijűr˘.

December 1993: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Dontsuku in the dance "Kagura Uta Kumoi no Kyokumari".

February 1994: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kabukiza the leading role of the dance "Echigo Jishi".

April 1995: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the roles of Hanyűmura no Suke and the sh˘ya Gonbŕ in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kesakake Matsu Narita no Riken".

April 1997: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the leading role of the dance "Echigo Jishi".

November 1997: Mitsugor˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Iso no T˘yata in the "T˘yata Monogatari" scene of the classic "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi", which is staged to commemorate the 36th anniversary (37th memorial service) and the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of the deaths of late Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII; the roles of Yoshitsune and Shizuka Gozen are played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX.

December 1997: Mitsugor˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of Sakata Kintoki in the dance-drama "Kumo no Hy˘shimai".

January 1999: Mitsugor˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the National Theatre, playing the role of Tajimaya Tazaemon in the drama "Irogoyomi Gen'yadana".

Comments:

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX was a talented supporting tachiyaku and an outstanding dancer. He was the head of the Band˘ school of dance.

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX's best roles: Kakubei ("Echigo Jishi"), K˘ya Yogor˘ ("Gosho Goroz˘"), Takagi Kozaemon ("K˘chiyama") and Rokur˘dayű ("Ishikiri Kajiwara").

Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX playing the role of Matahei in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘" (print made by Yamamoto Hisashi)

The Band˘ Yasosuke line of actors

The Band˘ Minosuke line of actors

The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors

 
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