|NAKAMURA NAKAZď IV|
Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV
Real name: Iwaki Yonekichi
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry name: Shűkaku
Existence: 1855 ~ 31 January 1916
Adopted son: Nakamura Ginnosuke II
1855 ~ 1861: born in Edo. His father is the owner of a rice cake shop in the district of Yotsuya Araki-ch˘. He is later on adopted by a man called Musashiya Kintar˘.
1861: he starts his career as a disciple of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIII, who gives him the name of Nakamura Ginnosuke I
23 May 1880: premiere at the Saruwakaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Arimatsuzome Sum˘ Yukata"; Ginnosuke plays the roles of Onogawa's disciple Hanabishi Otoz˘ and the jochű Iwanami [more details].
November 1884: he becomes nadai and takes the name of Nakamura Kangor˘ XII at the Saruwakaza, playing the roles of Masaki Dansuke, Ichihara Hankur˘ and Nagasaki Jir˘ in the drama "Shinbutai Echigo no Tateyomi".
December 1886: his master Nakamura Nakaz˘ III dies.
March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo"; Kangor˘ plays the role of Akoya's brother Iba-no-Jűz˘ [casting].
September 1893: Kangor˘ plays for the first time the role of K˘mori Yasu in the drama "Yo no Mukashi Shima no Shinwa", which is staged at the Harukiza; the roles of Yosabur˘ and Otomi are played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII and Iwai Matsunosuke IV.
July 1901: premiere at the T˘ky˘za of "Tsuri Onna", the Kabuki version of the ky˘gen "Tsuribari", originally written in 1883 by Kawatake Mokuami (lyrics) and Kishizawa Shikisa VI (music) and revised for the stage by Takeshiba Shinkichi. It stars Ichikawa Ennosuke I and Kangor˘ in the roles of Tar˘kaja and the ugly girl.
September 1907: Kangor˘ achieves a great success at the Kokkaza by playing the roles of Gonbŕ, Takuetsu, Sh˘bei and J˘hachi in the drama "Amayo no Kane Yotsuya Kaidan".
Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV was a short-sized actor, who had no great presence on stage but was appreciated by the audience in katakiyaku or fukeyaku supporting roles. His most notable performances were Takuetsu ("T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"), Mikawaya Giheiji ("Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"), Ch˘bŕ ("Kamiyui Shinza") and Onoemon ("Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"). He was also good in some of the best roles of his late master Nakamura Nakaz˘ III, like K˘mori Yasu ("Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi") or Naosuke Gonbŕ ("T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan").
Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV playing the role of Shirokiya Sh˘bei in the drama "Koi Musume Mukashi Hachij˘"
The Nakamura Ginnosuke line of actors
The Nakamura Nakaz˘ line of actors
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