|BANDď MITSUGORď IX|
Real name: Morita Mitsunobu
Line number: KUDAIME (IX)
Existence: 14 May 1929 ~ 1 April 1999
Grand-father: Band˘ Shűch˘ II
Father: Band˘ Shűch˘ III
Adopted Father and father-in-law: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII
Son: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ X
Grandson: Band˘ Minosuke II
November 1933: he made 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".
22 September 1935: his father Band˘ Shűch˘ III died.
January 1954: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which was entitled "Ataru Toshi Iwau Harukoma"; Mitsunobu played the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune [casting].
1955: Mitsunobu was adopted by his father-in-law Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII.
May 1955: Band˘ Mitsunobu took the name of Band˘ Yasosuke IV at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Hayami no T˘ta in the dance-drama "Yoshinoyama"; the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Tadanobu were 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 took the names of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII and Band˘ Minosuke VII; this was also the hatsu butai of Band˘ Yasosuke V; the new Minosuke played the roles of Masakiyo and Konn˘maru in "Ehon Taik˘ki" and "Reimei Kuramayama".
June 1963: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's Nagauta-based dance-drama "ďeyama Shuten D˘ji"; Minosuke played the role of Usui Sadamitsu [casting]. Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" was produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Minosuke played 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 played 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 played the roles of Terukuni and Yodarekuri Yotar˘ [casting].
March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Minosuke played the role of Iruma Akugor˘ [casting].
August 1967: tour in Canada; Minosuke played the roles of one of Yoshitsune's guardmans, a priest and Utanosuke in "Kanjinch˘", "Musume D˘j˘ji" and "Keisei Hangonk˘", which were staged at ThÚÓtre Maisonneuve in MontrÚal.
September ~ October 1969: tour in the USA; Minosuke played the roles of ďboshi Rikiya and the Mountain God in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and the dance-drama "Momijigari", which were staged in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
January 1979: tour in the Popular Republic of China; Minosuke played the role of Ashikaga Tadayoshi in the opening act of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai.
September 1987: Band˘ Minosuke VII took 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") were Onoe Baik˘ VII and Nakamura Utaemon VI.
October 1987: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza, playing the roles of Yasha˘, Tar˘kaja and Arajishi Otokonosuke in "Shuzenji Monogatari", "Tsuri Onna" and "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".
December 1987: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, playing the roles of Kisen and K˘ya Yogor˘ in "Rokkasen" and "Gosho Goroz˘". the role of Okaji ("Rokkasen") was played by Nakamura Jakuemon IV.
April 1988: Mitsugor˘ celebrated his shűmei at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza, 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") was played by Onoe Baik˘ VII.
April 1989: Mitsugor˘ played at the National Theatre the 2 leading roles of the dance "ďharame Kuniiri Yakko".
November 1990: Mitsugor˘ played 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 was played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII.
September 1993: tour in the USA; Mitsugor˘ played 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".
November 1997: Mitsugor˘ played 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 was 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 were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XVII and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX.
1 April 1999: Mitsugor˘ died in T˘ky˘.
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX was a talented supporting tachiyaku and an outstanding dancer. He was the head of the Band˘ school of dance.
The Band˘ Yasosuke line of actors
The Band˘ Minosuke line of actors
The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors
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