|SEGAWA ROKď IV|
Segawa Rok˘ IV
Other name: Segawa Kikunoj˘ IV
Nickname: En'ya Rok˘
Guild: En'ya, Hamamuraya
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry name: Rok˘
Blazon: the spray of tied cotton (yui wata)
Existence: 1782 ~ 29th day of the 11th lunar month of 1812
Father-in-law (and adoptive father): Segawa Kikunoj˘ III
1782: born in Edo in the district of Kobiki-ch˘. His mother is the daughter of En'ya Ihachi, the owner of a shibai jaya. His father is said to be Nakamura Jűz˘ II. He does his training in a troupe of children-actors, playing under the name of Band˘ Sennosuke.
Fall 1799: he gets married with the daughter of Segawa Kikunoj˘ III and is adopted by his father-in-law.
2nd lunar month of 1800: Namiki Gohei's drama "Gosan no Kiri" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza in a somewhat different version titled "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri" instead of "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Kikunosuke plays the role of the courtesan Kokonoe [casting].
8th lunar month of 1801: first grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, at the Ichimuraza; Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Segawa Kikunosuke, Segawa Kikusabur˘ II and Segawa Matsunosuke respectively take the names of Segawa Rok˘ III, Segawa Michinosuke I, Segawa Michisabur˘ I and Segawa Hamajir˘. They play together in the drama "D˘jima Tamino no Tsumikomi".
11th lunar month of 1807: second grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, at the Nakamuraza; Segawa Rok˘ III and Segawa Michinosuke I respectively take the names of Segawa Senjo and Segawa Rok˘ IV. The two actors achieve a great success by playing in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Yuki no Konoshita".
4th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role Nagauta-based dance-drama "Kantan Sono no Kikuch˘"; Rok˘ plays the roles of a keisei, a komori, Kintar˘ and a shiraby˘shi [more details].
29th day of the 11th lunar month of 1812: Rok˘ dies in Edo.
Segawa Rok˘ IV was a popular actor and a rival of Iwai Hanshir˘ V for the title of Edo best onnagata. He excelled in the roles of maiden or spouse in sewamono dramas. He was unfortunately cut down in his prime and posthumously received the name of Segawa Kikunoj˘ IV.
Segawa Rok˘ IV playing the role of Tomoe Gozen in the "Onna Shibaraku" scene of the kaomise drama "Kaikei Yuki no Konoshita", which was staged at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1807 (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)
The Nakamura Sennosuke line of actors
The Segawa Rok˘ line of actors
The Segawa Kikunoj˘ line of actors
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