SHIBAZAKI RINZAEMON I

Stage names:

Shibazaki Rinzaemon I In Japanese
Shibazaki Rinnosuke I In Japanese
Yamamoto Shinanoj˘ In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 1722

Connection:

Son: Shibazaki Rinnosuke II

Disciples: Shibazaki Rinnosuke III, Shibazaki Jűzaemon, Shibazaki Kikuemon, Shibazaki Momotar˘, Shibazaki Tamijűr˘, Shibazaki Wadanosuke

Career:

1660s/1670s: he starts his career as a koyaku performing under the name of Yamamoto Shinanoj˘. Later on, he becomes wakashugata and takes the name of Shibazaki Rinnosuke I.

1681: he becomes tachiyaku and takes the name of Shibazaki Rinzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1695: Rinzaemon plays the role of ďtomo Ikazuchimaru in the drama "Jingű K˘g˘", which is produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II.

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).

1st lunar month of 1700: Rinzaemon plays the role of Shigetada in the new year drama "Kamakura Sh˘gatsu Tsukai", which is produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II.

1st lunar month of 1701: Rinzaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

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.

11th lunar month of 1707: Rinzaemon plays at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of Kikuchi Hachirozaemon in the kaomise drama "Ohiyaki Sannin Musume".

Fall 1709: Rinzaemon goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1709: Rinzaemon plays the role of Higaki Jűzaemon the kaomise drama "Chigo Daimy˘ Ky˘ Miyage", which is produced in ďsaka by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1710: Rinzaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1711: Rinzaemon goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1711: Rinzaemon plays in the kaomise drama "Mannen Gura", which is produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and Sodesaki Karyű at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

3rd lunar month of 1712: Rinzaemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

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.

11th lunar month of 1714: Rinzaemon plays in Ky˘to the role of the r˘nin Takahashi Hikozaemon in the kaomise drama "Yorozuyo Saiwai Gura", which was staged at Miyako Mandayű's theater.

Fall 1716: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon'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 1716: Rinzaemon plays in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Takara Jűrozaemon in the kaomise drama "Daikoku Tenjin Fukuju Musume", which is produced by Yamatoya Jinbŕ III.

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'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.

Comments:

"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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