|IMAMURA SHICHISABURď II|
Imamura Shichisabur˘ II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Riko
Existence: 1720 ~ 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1762
Master: Mihogi Shichitar˘
Disciple: Imamura Shichiz˘ (?)
1720~1743: born in Kamigata. He starts his career as a disciple of Mihogi Shichitar˘, performing in kodomo shibai under the name of Mihogi Shichisabur˘. He spends some times in travelling troupes and takes the name of Imamura Shichisabur˘ II at an unknown date (middle of the 1730s?). His relationship to Imamura Motojűr˘ (who was also Imamura Shichisabur˘ I) is unknown.
11th lunar month of 1744: Shichisabur˘ becomes katakiyaku and plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Sekiguchi Kanz˘ in the kaomise drama "Tanba Yosaku Kameyama Kayoi", which is produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1745: Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank as Nakamura Danz˘.
11th lunar month of 1748: Shichisabur˘ plays in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Sugamori Hiru-ga-Kojima", which is produced by Arashi San'emon IV; his stage partners are Fujikawa Heikur˘, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Hanakawa Ichinoj˘, Sanogawa Hanazuma II and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1750: Shichisabur˘ plays in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Kurimoto Datenoj˘ in Fujikawa Sakoku's kaomise drama "Taira no Miyako Onna Ez˘shi", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.
11th lunar month of 1753: Shichisabur˘ plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Mogami Manz˘ in the kaomise drama "Futaba no Nishiki Midori no Onikage"; his stage partners are Somematsu Shichisabur˘ I, Fujioka Daikichi, Sakata T˘jűr˘ III, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Arashi Tominosuke I, Onoe Montar˘ and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1754: Shichisabur˘ plays at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in Ky˘to the roles of Nejigane Monpachi and Togashi no Samon in the kaomise drama "Fűkigusa Aioi Genji", which is produced by Somematsu Matsujir˘. This drama is in fact the first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet drama "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" [more details].
1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which is simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]; Shichisabur˘ plays in the latter theater the role of Oda Nobunaga. Shichisabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is two black strokes below j˘-j˘-kichi [visual].
11th lunar month of 1760: Shichisabur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.
12th lunar month of 1761: Shichisabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the role of Ayaha Chichibunosuke in the kaomise drama "Karanishiki Miyako no Hinagata", which celebrates the shűmei of Takeshima K˘zaemon IV.
2nd lunar month of 1762: Shichisabur˘ is expected to perform in the same theater but he suddenly falls ill and has to retire.
29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1762: Shichisabur˘ dies in Ky˘to.
Imamura Shichisabur˘ II was an important 18th century Ky˘to actor, who achieved fame for himself in the Imperial City as a katakiyaku/jitsuaku (j˘-j˘-kichi in 1754) and as a tachiyaku at the end of his career (j˘-j˘-kichi in 1761). He was short-sized but had a powerful voice, which helped him being without rival in villain roles.
The actors Imamura Shichisabur˘ II (right, committing seppuku) and Mizuki Kichisabur˘ (left) playing the roles of Kusunoki Masatsura and Osen in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1760 in Ky˘to
The Imamura Shichisabur˘ line of actors
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