KATAOKA ROEN VI

Stage names:

Kataoka Roen VI In Japanese
Kataoka Daisuke In Japanese

Real name: Kataoka Daisuke

Guild: Matsushimaya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Existence: 15 November 1926 ~ 25 December 2011

Connections:

Great-great-grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I

Great-grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII

Grand-father: Kataoka Nizaemon X

Father: Kataoka Nizaemon XII

Brothers: Kataoka Gad˘ V, Ichimura Yoshigor˘ II

Career:

June 1934: he made his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, performing under his real name.

16 March 1946: his father Kataoka Nizaemon XII was assassinated by a robber in his T˘ky˘ home.

July 1951: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Daisuke played the role of the bonze Sainen [casting].

January 1954: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which was entitled "Ataru Toshi Iwau Harukoma"; Daisuke played the role of Yawata no Sabur˘ [casting].

October 1959: Kataoka Daisuke took the name of Kataoka Roen VI at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Onaka's brother Tokunosuke, the Enryakuji priest Chien/Ishida Mitsunari and the henchman K˘jir˘ in "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", "Sessh˘ Kanpaku" and "Kanpei no Shi".

April 1977: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ II's drama "Kimi-wa-Fune Nami no Uwajima"; Roen played the role of Wake Sanzaemon [casting].

September 1978: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Roen played the role of Shinraku Kanjűr˘ [casting].

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Roen played the roles of Akabori Gengo and Akabaneya Jirosaku [casting].

April 1987: Roen took part in the revival at the Meijiza of the play "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura", which included the famous Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To" [more details].

March 2001: Roen played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Ono no Kudayű in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the deaths of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

September 2007: Roen appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of the daimy˘ Asano Kii-no-Kuni-no-Kami Yoshinaga in the drama "Nij˘j˘ no Kiyomasa".

25 December 2011: Roen died of a myocardial infarction in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Kataoka Roen VI was a veteran tachiyaku/katakiyaku of the Matsushimaya guild, outstanding in the roles of old warriors or bordello owners.

Kataoka Roen's best roles were Yatsurugi Kageyu ("Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari"), Tosa Sh˘gen Mitsunobu ("Domo Mata"), Hitachib˘ Kaison ("Kanjinch˘") and Taira no Kenj˘ Naokata ("Sodehagi Saimon").

The mon of Kataoka Roen VI

The Kataoka Roen line of actors

 
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