|ASAO MOTOGORď I|
Other name: Izayoinosuke
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kisui
Master: Asao Jűjir˘
Brother: Asao Motoz˘
Disciples: Asao Tamejűr˘ I, Asao Yatar˘, Asao Motogor˘ II (?)
11th lunar month of 1727: he becomes wakaonnagata.
11th lunar month of 1738: Motogor˘ plays in Ky˘to the role of Daihachi's spouse Yaseno in Tomimura Takichi's kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi H˘rai Yakata", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater; the role of Hirano Daihachi is played by Arashi Shichigor˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1739: Motogor˘ plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Muromachi Dono Ch˘h˘ Denki", which is produced by Sanogawa Ichimatsu I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű; his stage partners are Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Sawamura Otoemon I, Tamiya Shirogor˘, Haruyama Genshichi II, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Shinozuka Kazaemon, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I and Arashi Sanshir˘ III.
5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Kassen" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Motogor˘ plays the role of Danj˘'s spouse Matsushima [more details].
9th lunar month of 1746: first Kabuki adaptation of Takeda Izumo I, Miyoshi Sh˘raku, Namiki Senryű I and Takeda Koizumo puppet theater drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is produced by Kiyosabur˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater (the Kitagawa no Shibai); Motogor˘ plays the roles of Kakuju and Tonami [casting].
11th lunar month of 1746: Motogor˘ becomes zamoto and produces in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Taihei Asahi no Shirahata", in which he plays the role of Okano; his stage partners are Fujioka Daikichi, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Shinozuka Kazaemon, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I, Mihogi Shichitar˘ and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.
11th lunar month of 1747: Motogor˘ plays in the kaomise drama "Teikin ďrai Manzoku Kagami", which is produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai and celebrates the shűmei of Sakakiyama K˘shir˘ II and his son Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II; Others stage partners are Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Takenaka Heikichi, Fujioka Daikichi, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Nakamura Shirogor˘ III, Kasaya Matakur˘ I, Fujikawa Heikur˘ and Sanogawa Hanazuma II.
11th lunar month of 1749: Motogor˘ plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Hanzaemon's spouse Oky˘ in the kaomise drama "Imosegura Kogane no Ishizue"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamatoya Jinbŕ IV, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Arashi T˘jűr˘ (he plays the role of the senior retainer Nambu Hanzaemon), Anegawa Daikichi I, Arashi San'emon IV and ďtani Hirohachi I.
11th lunar month of 1750: Motogor˘ plays at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Hanz˘'s wife Makino in Matsuya Raisuke I's kaomise drama "Kaikei Wag˘ Hanayakata"; the role of Todoroki Hanz˘ is played by Fujioka Daikichi.
1st lunar month of 1751: First Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which is produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Motogor˘ plays the roles of Michiharu's wife Hagi-no-Kata and Oyachi [casting].
6th lunar month of 1751: Motogor˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kambei's wife Chizato in the drama "Katakiuchi Deguchi no Yanagi"; the role of Muneta Kambei is played by Yamashita Matatar˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1753: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu", which is produced as a new year drama at the Minamigawa no Shibai by Yamashita Matatar˘ I; Motogor˘ plays the roles of Kingo's spouse Kaoyo and Hy˘e's spouse Kishinami [casting].
11th lunar month of 1753: Motogor˘ plays in Ky˘to at Miyako Handayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Hade Musume Bandachi Yakata", which is produced by Yamashita Ugenta II and celebrates the shűmei of Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II.
Fall 1755: Motogor˘ goes to ďsaka.
1st lunar month of 1756: Motogor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Koroku I and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II.
1st lunar month of 1758: Motogor˘ appears on stage most likely for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Hirano no Shibai, playing the role of Harukaze in the new year drama "Kume no Sennin Yoshino Zakura", which is produced by Kameya Jűjir˘. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappeared from the records.
Asao Motogor˘ I was an important 18th century onnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself in Ky˘to and in ďsaka in the 1740s and the 1750s. He followed in the footsteps of his master Asao Jűjir˘, the founder of the Asao clan and an outstanding female roles specialist. He excelled in keisei and kar˘ ny˘b˘ roles. He was the last onnagata of the Asao clan for his best disciple became one of the most talented katakiyaku actors in Kabuki history.
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