SAWAMURA SJR IX

Stage names:

Sawamura Sjr IX In Japanese
Sawamura Tossh V In Japanese
Sawamura Genpei VI In Japanese

Real name: Sawamura Hisakazu

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: KUDAIME (IX)

Crest: the syllabic ideogram "i" in a circle [in Japanese: ]

Existence: 8 March 1933 ~ 12 January 2001

Connections:

Grandfather: Sawamura Sjr VII

Father: Sawamura Sjr VIII

Brother: Sawamura Tjr II

Disciples: Sawamura Snosuke III, Sawamura Kiyosuke

Career:

May 1941: first stage appearance, at the Kabukiza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Genpei VI, playing in the drama "Sukeroku".

March 1949: his grandfather Sawamura Sjr VII dies.

September 1953: Sawamura Tossh IV and his son Sawamura Genpei VI take respectively the names of Sawamura Sjr VIII and Sawamura Tossh V at the Kabukiza; the new Tossh plays the role of Sakuramaru's wife Yae and Mitsuhide's sister Kiky in "Kamo Zutsumi" (the role of Sakuramaru is played by Sawamura Sjr VIII) and "Badarai no Mitsuhide".

February 1955: revival at the Kabukiza of Sakurada Jisuke I's dance-drama "Kumo no Hyshimai"; Tossh plays the role of a female page, in reality a ground spider [casting].

March 1956: Tossh plays at the Tyoko Hall (Tky) the role of the courtesan Ygiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon is played by Sawamura Sjr VIII.

April 1956: Tossh plays at the Tyoko Hall (Tky) the role of Chidori in the drama "Shunkan".

June 1959: Tossh plays at the Tyoko Hall (Tky) the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Kinkakuji". The roles of Matsunaga Daizen and Tkichi are played by Ichikawa Danshir III and Kawarazaki Gonjr III.

February 1960: Tossh plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch Nijshik". His stage partners are Nakamura Senjaku II (Katsuyori) and Sawamura Gennosuke V (Nureginu).

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari"; Tossh plays the role of a female retainer, in reality a female demon [casting].

1960: Tossh joins the Tei Company to play in movies for a few years.

1963: Tossh is back in the Kabuki world.

January 1964: Tossh plays for the first time the role of Otomi in the drama "Yowa Nasaki Ukina no Yokogushi", which is staged at the Tyoko Hall (Tky). The role of Yosabur is played by Kawarazaki Gonjr III.

April 1964: Tossh plays for the first time the role of Yaegiri in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba", which is staged at the Tyoko Hall (Tky).

January 1965: Tossh plays at the Nakaza (saka) the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".

July 1966: Tossh plays at the Tyoko Hall (Tky) the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in Tky with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; Tossh plays the roles of Sonoo-no-Mae and the yakko Takunai [casting].

February 1968: Tossh plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Yaegiri in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba".

May 1968: revival at the National Theatre of "Ura Omote Sendai Hagi"; Tossh plays the role of Okinoi [casting].

March 1971: Tossh plays at the Kabukiza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; the role of the courtesan Ygiri est tenu par Sawamura Kiyoshir.

August 1971: Tossh plays at the National Theatre the role of Princess Takiyasha in the drama "Masakado".

May 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Horikawa Nami no Tsuzumi" to commemorate the 249th anniversary (250th memorial service) of the playwright; Tossh plays the role of Miyaji Gen'emon [casting].

July 1973: Tossh plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

January 1974: Tossh plays at the saka Shinkabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan". He also plays the role of the courtesan Ygiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon is played by Nakamura Senjaku II.

December 1975: his father Sawamura Sjr VIII dies.

March 1976: Tossh plays at the Minamiza the role of Katsuyori in the drama "Honch Nijshik". His stage partners are Band Tamasabur (Princess Yaegaki) and Arashi Tokusabur VII (Nureginu).

September 1976: Sawamura Tossh V takes the name of Sawamura Sjr IX at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Yaegiri and Fukuoka Mitsugi in the dramas "Komochi Yamanba" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".

December 1976: Sjr plays at the Minamiza the role of Abe no Yasuna in the drama "Ashiya Dman uchi Kagami".

September 1977: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

October 1977: Sjr plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; the role of the courtesan Ygiri is played by Sawamura Tjr.

September 1978: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Sjr plays the role of Ume no Yoshib [casting].

February 1979: revision by Uno Nobuo at the Shinbashi Enbuj of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Sanzes Nishiki Bunsh"; Sjr plays the role of Seib's wife Okaji [casting].

April 1979: historic revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV long-forgotten play "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jyaku"); Sjr plays the role of Watanabe Minbunosuke [casting]. He also plays the role of Issun Tokub in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami". His stage partners are Ichikawa Ennosuke (Danshichi Kurob) and Nakamura Ganjir II (Tsuribune Sabu).

August 1979: revival at the National Theatre Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Chaku Nozoki Garakuri"; Sjr plays the roles of Iseya Sentar and Djr's wife Oriyo [casting].

October 1980: Sjr plays at the Misonoza the role of Otomi in the drama "Yowa Nasaki Ukina no Yokogushi"; The role of Yosabur is played by Ichikawa Ebiz X.

January 1981: Sjr plays at the Asakusa Kkaid the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh"; The role of the courtesan Ygiri is played by Nakamura Baishi III.

June 1981: Sjr plays at the National Theatre the role of Otatsu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Tatsunosuke I (Danshichi Kurob), Ichikawa Ginnosuke I (Issun Tokub) and Kawarazaki Gonjr III (Tsuribune Sabu).

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojsan Tsugi"; Sjr plays the roles of Yui Minbunosuke and Nakano Tsuke [casting]. He also plays the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

September 1982: Sjr plays at the Minamiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

January 1984: historic revival at the National Theatre of the play "Sankai Nagoya"; Sjr plays the role of Fuwa Banzaemon's wife Fujikae [casting].

November 1984: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Ohaya in the "Hikimado" scene in the drama "Futatsu Chch Kuruwa Nikki".

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

August 1989: first public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai, an association led by Sjr whose main goal is the revival of long-forgotten plays; Sjr produces and plays the leading role of the drama "Uwabami Oyoshi", which has not been performed for 88 years.

December 1989: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

June ~ July 1990: Sjr takes part in a Kabuki tour in the USA, performing 26 shows in several big cities; he plays the role of Yamakage Uky in the dance-drama "Migawari Zazen" [casting]. Sjr plays also the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch", which is performed only in Los Angeles.

August 1990: second public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produces and plays the leading role of the drama "Benizara Kakezara", which has not been performed for 58 years.

October 1990: Sjr plays at the National Theatre the role of Onoe II in the drama "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji"; The role of the evil Iwafuji is played by Onoe Kikugor.

December 1990: Sjr plays at the Gion Kaburenj (Kyto) the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Nyb Somewake Tazuna".

August 1991: third public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produces and plays the leading role of the drama "Onna sakazuki", which has not been performed for 93 years.

November 1991: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

August 1992: fourth public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produces and plays the leading role of the drama "Kijin no Omatsu", which has not been performed since 1964.

October 1992: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Shunkan".

August 1993: fifth public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produces the acts VI and VII of the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi". Act VII is part of the current Kabuki repertoire but act VI has not been performed since 1935.

September 1993: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Issun Tokub in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami". His stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon (Danshichi Kurob) and Nakamura Tomijr (Tsuribune Sabu).

August 1994: sixth public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produces and plays the leading role of the drama "Nuregami Oseki", which has not been performed for 179 years.

October 1994: Sjr plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Otomi in the drama "Yowa Nasaki Ukina no Yokogushi"; The role of Yosabur is played by Nakamura Baigyoku.

August 1995: seventh public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produces and plays the leading role of the drama "Onna Gonin Kiri", which has not been performed for 166 years.

August 1996: eighth public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produces three new dramas: "Enmusubi Yy Banashi", "Natane no Michiyuki" and "Ygaodana".

August 1997: ninth public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produces and plays the leading role of the drama "Mijikayo Ukina no Chirashigaki". He suddenly falls ill and the performance has to be cancelled.

November 1997: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Shizuka Gozen in the drama "Tyata Monogatari", which is staged to commemorate the 36th anniversary (37th memorial service) and the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of the deaths of late Band Mitsugor VII and Band Mitsugor VIII; the roles of Iso no Tyata and Yoshitsune are played by Band Mitsugor IX and Ichimura Uzaemon XVII.

August 1998: tenth public performance of the Sjr Koten Fukkatsu no Kai; Sjr produces the drama "Karukaya Dshin Tsukushi no Iezuto", which belongs to the Kinokuniya guild.

December 1998: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of the courtesan Miyagino in the "Ageya" scene of the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi". The role of Miyagino's sister Shinobu is played by Nakamura Shibajaku.

January 1999: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's zangirimono "Irogoyomi Gen'yadana"; Sjr plays the role of Otomi [casting].

March 1999: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Ofude and Nureginu in the dramas "Hirakana Seisuiki" and "Honch Nijshik".

June 1999: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yshide in the "Imorizake" scene of the drama "Karukaya Dshin Tsukushi no Iezuto", which belongs to the Kinokuniya guild.

July 1999: Sjr plays the role of the evil Yashio in the drama "Date no Jyaku", produced by Ichikawa Ennosuke at the Kabukiza.

October 1999: Sjr plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the roles of Otoku and Sagami in the dramas "Keisei Hangonk" and "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" ("Kumagai Jin'ya").

November 1999: Sjr plays at the National Theatre the role of Otane in the "Takenoko Hori" scene of the play "Honch Nijshik".

January 2000: Sjr plays at the Kabukiza the role of Soga Jr in the bombastic play "Ya-no-Ne".

December 2000: Sjr appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Kabukiza the roles of Ranch and Omiya in the drama "Wakaki Uchina Gusa", which belongs to the Kinokuniya guild. The role of the courtesan Konoito is played by Nakamura Shibajaku.

January 2001: Sjr dies in saka.

Comments:

Sawamura Sjr IX was an excellent onnagata and nimaime, the worthy heir of his amazing grandfather Sawamura Sjr VII.

Sawamura Sjr IX's best roles: Onoe ("Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie"), Otomi ("Kirare Yosa"), Tanzaemon ("Heike Nyogo no Shima"), Yaegiri ("Komochi Yamanba"), Princess Yshide ("Imorizake").

Sawamura Sjr IX playing the role of the courtesan Agemaki in the drama "Kurotegumi Sukeroku" in a print made by Tsuruya Kkei in July 1982
Print courtesy of Ted Jagoda

The Sawamura Genpei line of actors

The Sawamura Tossh line of actors

The Sawamura Sjr line of actors

 
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