IWAI SAGENTA I

Stage names:

Iwai Sagenta I In Japanese
Ikushima Shinnoj˘ In Japanese
Iwai Sagenta I In Japanese

Others names: Satar˘, Kyűbŕ

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Masters: Ikushima Shingor˘, Iwai Hanshir˘ I

Career:

1st lunar month of 1693: disciple of Iwai Hanshir˘ I, his first stage name is Iwai Sagenta I; he performs in ďsaka as a wakashugata in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich˘".

1st lunar month of 1698: Sagenta becomes wakaonnagata; premiere at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater of the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake"; Sagenta plays the role of the courtesan ďshű [casting].

Fall 1700: Sagenta goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1700: Sagenta plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Iwase-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Sh˘gei Hatsukoi Sanryaku no Maki".

3rd lunar month of 1701: Sagenta's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1702: Sagenta plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Miyagino-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Yunzei Otokoyama Hachiman Tar˘".

3rd lunar month of 1703: Sagenta's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, falls to j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

Fall 1703: Sagenta goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1703: Sagenta performs in ďsaka in the kaomise program, which is produced by his master son Iwai Hanshir˘ II (unknown title).

4th lunar month of 1704: Sagenta's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

1st lunar month of 1705: Sagenta goes to Ky˘to; he plays the role of the keisei Michinoku in the new year drama "Keisei Hachisu no Ito", which is staged in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater.

2nd lunar month of 1706: Sagenta's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

Fall 1708: Sagenta goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1708: Sagenta performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Onna Sanbijin Imose Nishiki".

3rd lunar month of 1709: Sagenta's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

End of 1709: he becomes disciple of Ikushima Shingor˘ and receives the name of Ikushima Shinnoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1710: he becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Minamoto no Yoritomo in the new year drama "Keisei Izu Nikki".

11th lunar month of 1713: he takes back the name of Iwai Sagenta I and becomes wakaonnagata, playing at the Moritaza the role of Omune in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Taikyoku no Mato".

1st lunar month of 1714: Sagenta's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1715: Sagenta appears on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Banzei Onna Hachinoki". We don't know what happens to him afterwards.

Comments:

Iwai Sagenta I was born and raised in Kamigata, where he learnt the art of acting before coming down to Edo and becoming one of the best onnagata actors during the Genroku era. He excelled in keisei roles. He formed with Sawamura Kodenji I and Hayakawa Hatsuse a popular threesome of onnagata in Edo. He was also a great musician, able to sing or to play shamisen.

Iwai Sagenta I (top) and Katsuyama Matagor˘ (bottom) in a print made by Torii Kiyonobu I

The Iwai Sagenta line of actors

 
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