SUKETAKAYA TAKASUKE II

Stage names:

Suketakaya Takasuke II
Suketakaya Shirogor˘
Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III
Segawa Yűjir˘ I
Sawamura Shirogor˘ I
Sawamura Kinpei I

Other name: Ichikawa Chűsha III

Guilds: Kinokuniya , Tachibanaya (Yaoz˘ years)

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: K˘ga, Chűsha (3)

Existence: 1747 ~ 13th day of the 12th lunar month of 1818

Connection:

Father: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II

Brother: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III

Masters: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Segawa Kikunoj˘ II

Career:

Spring 1760: first appearance on stage, at the Nakamuraza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Kinpei I and plays in the new year drama "Katachi-ni Kage Masakado Soga".

11th lunar month of 1767: Sawamura Kinpei I takes the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ I at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Nue Shiged˘ Sakiwake Yűsha".

11th lunar month of 1769: he becomes disciple of the onnagata actor Segawa Kikunoj˘ II, who gives him the name of Segawa Yűjir˘ I. They play together at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kawaranu Hanasakae Hachinoki".

11th lunar month of 1777: he takes back the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1779: he becomes disciple of the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III; they play together at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Uta Kurabe T˘sei Moy˘".

4th lunar month of 1780: first Kabuki adaptation of Utei Emba, Kij˘ Tar˘ and Y˘ Y˘dai puppet theater drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which is produced in Edo at the Moritaza; Yaoz˘ plays the roles of the yakko Datesuke and Shinobu [casting].

1780: tour in Echigo with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and ďtani Hiroji III.

1st lunar month of 1791: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which is performed at the end of the new year program "Haru no Sekai Nigiwai Soga"; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune [casting].

6th lunar month of 1795: the play "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kiriza; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki [casting]. He also plays the role of Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima". His stage partners are Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I (Chidori), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI (Tanzaemon) and Yamatoyama Tomoemon (Senoo Tar˘).

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; Yaoz˘ plays the roles of Rokusuke and Kinugawa Yasaemon in the latter theater [casting].

1st lunar month of 1798: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of Namiki Gohei I's play "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", commonly called "Ninin Shinbŕ", in which Yaoz˘ plays the role of Tamaya Shinbŕ [casting].

8th lunar month of 1803: Yaoz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘ , Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1804: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III takes the name of Suketakaya Takasuke II at the Ichimuraza, playing 3 roles in the kaomise drama "Mishi Tamadare Yuki no Furusato", which also celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Takinosuke and Kiriyama Monji III..

1806: Suketakaya Takasuke II takes the name of Suketakaya Shirogor˘.

1808: Suketakaya Shirogor˘ takes back the name of Suketakaya Takasuke II.

3rd lunar month of 1810: Takasuke plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri"; the role of Ishikawa Goemon is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V.

5th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; Takasuke plays the roles of Kagamiyama Toshiyuki, Takahashi Sezaemon and the cook Sukehachi [casting].

6th lunar month of 1817: last performance in Edo for Takasuke; he plays at the Kiriza in the drama "Hana no Ueno Homare no Ishibumi".

7th lunar month of 1817 ~ 11th lunar month of 1818: Takasuke goes on tour.

12th lunar month of 1818: Takasuke suddenly dies while performing in the city of Fukushima.

Comments:

Suketakaya Takasuke II was a talented actor, trained by very different masters, like Segawa Kikunoj˘ II, the best Edo onnagata, or Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, the master of aragoto. Wajitsu was his field of excellence.

Suketakaya Takasuke II playing the role of Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1814 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Prints & Illustrations

4 faces

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1774

Print made by Katsukawa Shun'ei (1793~1794)

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1795

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1796

Print made by Katsukawa Shunk˘ around 1800

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1814

The Ichikawa Chűsha line of actors

The Sawamura Kinpei line of actors

The Sawamura Shirogor˘ line of actors

The Segawa Yűjir˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors

The Suketakaya Takasuke line of actors

 
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