SAWAMURA SHIROGORď II

Stage names:

Sawamura Shirogor˘ II
Sawamura Shabaku
Sawamura T˘jűr˘ I
Sawamura T˘z˘ I
Ogino T˘z˘

Guild: Kawatakiya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Shabaku

Existence: ??? ~ 6th day of the 7th lunar month of 1832

Connections:

Father-in-law : Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III

Disciples: Sawamura T˘z˘ II (?), Sawamura Kinpei II (?), Sawamura Kinpei III (?)

Career:

???~1792: born in Kamigata. His first stage name is Ogino T˘z˘.

Fall 1792: T˘z˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1792: T˘z˘ plays at the Ichimuraza a wakashugata role in the kaomise drama "Iromigusa Tsukuri Yamabushi".

1st lunar month of 1795: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Miyakoza; T˘z˘ plays the role of the yakko Tatahei [casting].

7th lunar month of 1796: he becomes a disciple of the star Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III and takes the name of Sawamura T˘z˘ I at the Miyakoza, playing the role of Sukune Tar˘ in the "D˘my˘ji" scene of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; T˘z˘ plays the role of Harukaze T˘z˘ in the latter theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1808: Sawamura T˘z˘ I takes the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ II and becomes katakiyaku. Around the same time, he gets married with the daughter of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Moritaza of Fukumori Kyűsuke I's drama "Sono Mukashi Koi no Edo-zome"; Shirogor˘ plays the roles of Beniya Ch˘bŕ and Arai Genz˘ Shigekuni [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure" (commonly called "Shirafuji Genta"); Shirogor˘ plays the role of Ushioda Bannoshin [casting].

5th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; Shirogor˘ plays the roles of the farmer Sagoemon and Sasayama Kanbei [casting].

7th lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Tamamo-no-Mae Obana no Nishiki", the Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto"; Shirogor˘ plays the role of Washizuka Kint˘ji Hidekuni [more details]. It was followed by the premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ"; Shirogor˘ plays the role of the ashigaru Namano Hachinai, later Mikawaya Giheiji [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1813: premiere at the Moritaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's play "Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri" (commonly called "Osome no Nanayaku", in English "The seven roles of Osome"). The seven roles are played by Iwai Hanshir˘ V; Shirogor˘ plays the roles of the tedai Zenroku [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Shirogor˘ plays the roles of Matsui no Gengo Sadakage and the yakko Sudahei [more details].

5th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kakitsubata Iro mo Edozome" (commonly called "Oroku to Gantetsu" or "Dote no Oroku"); Shirogor˘ plays the role of Sadaijin Magoroku [casting].

7th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku", in English the ten roles of Date), whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world; Shirogor˘ plays the role of Yamana Mochitoyo [casting].

11th lunar month of 1819: Sawamura Shirogor˘ II takes the name of Sawamura T˘jűr˘ I at the Tamagawaza, playing 3 roles in the drama "Nana Komachi Yagura no Amagoi".

3rd lunar month of 1820: premiere at the Tamagawaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sakura Butai Maku no Datezome"; T˘jűr˘ plays the roles of Ukiyo T˘fuya Tohei and ďe Onitsura [casting].

11th lunar month of 1821: he takes back the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ II at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Nani o Tanete Ukiki no Kaobure".

3rd lunar month of 1823: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ukiyogara Hiyoku no Inazuma"; Shirogor˘ plays the role of Mamushi Jihei [casting].

8th lunar month of 1824: Sawamura Shirogor˘ II takes the name of Sawamura Shabaku at the Ichimuraza, playing 3 roles in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

5th lunar month of 1828: Shabaku plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Fujiwara no Shihei in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1828: he takes back the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ II at the Ichimuraza, playing 3 roles in the drama "Mitsugi no Yuki Genji Biiki".

3rd lunar month of 1829: he goes on tour to ďsaka with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.

1st lunar month of 1830: he performs in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, then decides to go back to Edo.

6th day of the 7th lunar month of 1832: Shirogor˘ dies in Edo.

Comments:

Sawamura Shirogor˘ II was a good katakiyaku of the Bunka and Bunsei eras. His vocal projection and the way he delivered his lines were quite stern and manly. He had a strong stage presence, allowing him to excel in roles like Fujiwara no Shihei ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami").

Sawamura Shirogor˘ II playing the role of the villain Fujiwara no Shihei in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1812 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

The role of Ume˘maru, the character in the bottom of the print, is played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1799

The Sawamura Shirogor˘ line of actors

 
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