SAWAMURA SďNOSUKE I

Stage name:

Sawamura S˘nosuke I In Japanese

Real name: It˘ Sanjir˘

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Ky˘en (literally "apricot garden")

Existence: 9 March 1886 ~ 8 April 1924

Connections:

Father: Sawamura Tosshi VII

Brothers : Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ VII, Suketakaya Kodenji I

Sons: Sawamura S˘nosuke II, Sawamura Sh˘nosuke

Career:

9 March 1886: born in the district of Asakusa Umamichi.

August 1889: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Azumaza, where he receives the name of Sawamura S˘nosuke I and plays the role of Komasuke in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

November 1900: S˘nosuke achieves a great success at the Shintomiza by playing the role of Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Miuranosuke are played by Sawamura Tosshi VII and Ichikawa Danz˘ VII.

September 1901: S˘nosuke becomes nadai and plays at the Ichimuraza the difficult role of Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the role of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada is played by Nakamura Shikan V.

March 1903: S˘nosuke plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon Munetsura are played by Sawamura Tosshi VII and Seki Hanasuke II.

May 1905: S˘nosuke plays at the Miyatoza the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Kinkakuji". His stage partners are Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V (Matsunaga Daizen) and Ichikawa Kigan IV (T˘kichi).

March 1906: Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s drama "Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu" is produced for the first time in T˘ky˘, at the T˘ky˘za; S˘nosuke plays the role of Senhime [casting].

1909: S˘nosuke joins the Jiyű Gekij˘ troupe.

May 1910: revival at the Meijiza of the drama "Narukami", a long-forgotten play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; S˘nosuke plays the role of Princess Taema [casting].

February 1920: S˘nosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Oj˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Osh˘ Kichisa) and Nakamura Kichiemon I (Ob˘ Kichisa).

February 1922: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Shibahama no Kawazaifu", a drama adapted from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘. Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and S˘nosuke play the roles of Masagor˘ and Masagor˘'s wife Otatsu.

February 1922: S˘nosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), ďtani Tomoemon VI (Matsu˘maru) and Ichikawa Kigan V (Tonami).

December 1922: S˘nosuke plays at the Imperial Theater the role of Katsuyori in the "Jusshuk˘" scene of the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the roles of Princess Yaegaki and Nureginu are played by Nakamura Jakuemon III and Band˘ Shűch˘ III.

March 1924: S˘nosuke plays at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the role of Nureginu in the "Jusshuk˘" scene of the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the roles of Princess Yaegaki and Katsuyori are played by Nakamura Jakuemon III and Nakamura Fukusuke IV.

1924: S˘nosuke joins the troupe led by Morita Kan'ya XIII.

8 April 1924: S˘nosuke suddenly collapses on stage at the Yotsuya Daikokuza while he plays the role of Osato in the drama "Tsubosaka".

Comments:

Sawamura S˘nosuke I was a talented onnagata actor, who unfortunately died before reaching the peak of his promising career. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He was outstanding in Princess and had the chance in his short career to perform the sanhime roles. He was also a good nimaime. He did not confine himself to the Kabuki classics and took part in the creations of new dramas or the adaptation in Japanese of European modern dramas.

Sawamura S˘nosuke I playing the role of Umegawa in the drama "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai" (print made by Yamamura Toyonari in 1922)

The Sawamura S˘nosuke line of actors

 
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