|SHIBAZAKI RINZAEMON I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: ??? ~ 1722
Disciples: Shibazaki Rinnosuke III, Shibazaki Kikuemon, Shibazaki Momotar˘, Shibazaki Tamijűr˘, Shibazaki Wadanosuke, Shibazaki Jűzaemon
1681: he becomes tachiyaku and takes the name of Shibazaki Rinzaemon I.
1st lunar month of 1696: Rinzaemon plays the role of Onogawa in Tominaga Heibei's drama "Kumano Sankaich˘", which is produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II; his stage partners are Asao Jűjir˘, Nishikawa Okanosuke, Dekishima Kozabur˘, Otowa Saizabur˘, Sakata T˘kur˘, Takaoka Muraemon, Ichiya Gembei, Kamogawa Noshio I, Tashiro Seizaemon, Miyazaki Hachirozaemon, Mizuki Asanoj˘ and Hayama Okaemon.
7th lunar month of 1696: Rinzaemon plays the role of Soga Gor˘ in the drama "Kamakura Ominaeshi" which is produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II; his stage partners are Arashi San'emon II (Soga Jűr˘), Asao Jűjir˘ (Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘) and Nishikawa Okanosuke (ďiso no Tora).
11th lunar month of 1706: Rinzaemon plays the role of Shishid˘ Kuranosuke in the kaomise drama "Ebisu Otoko Onna Daigoku Hashira Gatame", which is produced in ďsaka by Kataoka Nizaemon I and celebrates the first stage appearance of his son Shibazaki Rinnosuke II as a wakaonnagata.
Fall 1707: Rinzaemon goes to Ky˘to.
Fall 1709: Rinzaemon goes to ďsaka.
Fall 1711: Rinzaemon goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1713: Rinzaemon plays in Ky˘to the role of Ikuchise Gontazaemon in the kaomise drama "Eitai Kogane no Ichigura", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.
Fall 1716: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen", which is produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Rinzaemon plays the role of Kanki [casting]. Around the same time, his disciple Shibazaki Kodenji takes the name of Shibazaki Rinnosuke III in Edo at the Ichimuraza.
11th lunar month of 1717: Rinzaemon plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Kikuchi Hachirozaemon in the kaomise drama "ďmu Gaeshi Momotose Gitsune", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I; his stage partners are Sawamura Otoemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I, Onoe Samon, Kirinami Takie and Band˘ Matajűr˘ I.
2nd lunar month of 1718: First Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's drama "Nihon Furisode Hajime", which is produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater; Rinzaemon plays the role of Amatsu Koyane-no-Shin [casting].
11th lunar month of 1721: Rinzaemon is supposed to perform in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Denju no Tomikura" but he suddenly falls ill and has to stop acting. He most likely dies the following year.
"Shibazaki Rinzaemon, who was quick to recognise the art of the doll-actors. His specialty consisted in imitating them. He was well fitted in personal appearance, character, and voice to be a leading actor. He began his stage study in ďsaka, where the dolls were beginning to rival the real actors, and it is easy to see how the movements of the puppets, their airs and graces, postures and gestures, as created by the dollhandlers, who were artists in every respect, introduced the Kabuki actors to a whole new world of expression, of style and taste, which they were eager to command." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")
Shibazaki Rinzaemon I playing the role of the r˘nin Takahashi Hikozaemon in the kaomise drama "Yorozuyo Saiwai Gura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1714 in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater
The Shibazaki Rinnosuke line of actors
The Shibazaki Rinzaemon line of actors
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