NAKAMURA SUKEGORď I

Stage names:

Sengoku Sukegor˘
Nakamura Sukegor˘ I
Band˘ Sukegor˘
Nakamura Kametar˘
Sengoku Kametar˘

Guild: Sengokuya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Gyoraku

Existence: 1711 ~ 13th day of the 7th lunar month of 1763

Connection:

Father: Sengoku Hikosuke I

Master: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II

Son: Nakamura Sukegor˘ II

Career:

1711: born in Edo. His father, the d˘kegata actor Sengoku Hikosuke I, gives him the name of Sengoku Kametar˘. He later on takes the name of Nakamura Kametar˘.

11th lunar month of 1724: he becomes wakashugata iroko at the Moritaza.

11th lunar month of 1735: he becomes tachiyaku and takes the name of Band˘ Sukegor˘ at the Kawarazakiza, performing in the kaomise drama "Banzei Ikioi Izu Nikki".

1736: Band˘ Sukegor˘ takes the name of Sengoku Sukegor˘.

Fall 1739: Sukegor˘ becomes disciple of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1739: Sengoku Sukegor˘ takes the name of Nakamura Sukegor˘ I at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki".

26th day of the 4th lunar month of 1740: his father Sengoku Hikosuke I dies.

Janvier 1742: Sukegor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of ďmi no Gengo in the new year drama "Musume Soga Gaijin Yashima".

1st lunar month of 1746: Sukegor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; Sukegor˘ plays the role of Matsu˘maru [casting]. His stage partner in the role of Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo is Segawa Kikujir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1749: Sukegor˘ achieves a great success at the Ichimuraza by playing the roles of ďmi no Kot˘ta and Matano Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Yoritomo Gunbai Kagami", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the actor Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1752: Sukegor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ky˘ no Jir˘ in the new year sogamono "Kuruwa Kuruwa Akinai Soga". Sukegor˘ also plays the role of the ďshű otokodate Teppeki Sh˘hei in the drama "Hana Sugata Sampukutsui" (the nibanme of "Kuruwa Kuruwa Akinai Soga"), sharing the stage with Fujikawa Heikur˘ (the Naniwa otokodate Akaushi Yasubŕ) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II (the Azuma otokodate Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ) [print].

7th lunar month of 1752: Sukegor˘ plays in the same theater the role of the rebel Abe no Munet˘ in the drama "Moro Tazuna ďshű Kuro"; the role of Abe no Sadat˘ (Munet˘'s brother) is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II.

7th lunar month of 1754: Sukegor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Matsunaga Danj˘ in the drama "Kongen Okuni Kabuki". His stage partners in the roles of ďmi no Okane, Umetada Tokubŕ and Yamamoto Kansuke are Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji II and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1754: Sukegor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the ashigaru Kambei (in reality Oni˘ Shinzaemon) in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1755: Sukegor˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Wat˘nai and ďtsu Jir˘ in the new year sogamono "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga".

11th lunar month of 1762: Sukegor˘ plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "T˘zai T˘zai Wagakuni no Umeyashiki"; he is the zagashira of the new troupe at the Moritaza.

2nd lunar month of 1763: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which is staged at the Moritaza; Sukegor˘ plays the roles of Abe no Munet˘ and Iwate [casting|illustrations]. He also performs in the dance "Ishidatami Wakaba Zakura", which commemorates the memory of late Sanogawa Ichimatsu I, who suddenly died the 12th of the 11th lunar month of 1762. Sukegor˘ is in tears from the beginning to the end of his performance, expressing from the depths of his heart a tearful remorse*. This is also the last stage appearance of Sukegor˘, who falls ill and dies the 13th of the 7th lunar month of 1763

Comments:

Nakamura Sukegor˘ I was an outstanding tachiyaku and katakiyaku actor, who made a great career in Edo from the Genbun era to the H˘reki era. He excelled in jitsuaku and sum˘tori roles. His performances in duo with ďtani Hiroji II were very popular. His best level in the Edo hy˘banki was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

(*) Sukegor˘ had a quarrel with the late actor a few weeks before his death. Things settled down and Sanogawa Ichimatsu I agreed to take part in the same kaomise as Sukegor˘. He suddenly died before the beginning of this program.

Nakamura Sukegor˘ I performing in the drama "Na no Hana Sumidagawa", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1759 at the Moritaza

Illustration

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1752

The Nakamura Sukegor˘ line of actors

 
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