SAWAMURA TANOSUKE II

Stage names:

Sawamura Tanosuke II In Japanese
Sawamura Tetsunosuke I In Japanese

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Shozan

Existence: 1788 ~ 28th day of the 1st lunar month of 1817

Connections:

Grandfathers: Arashi Hinasuke I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II

Father: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III

Half-brother: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IV

Career:

1788: born in Ky˘to. He is the third son of the Edo star Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III and his mother is the sister of the Kamigata star Arashi Hinasuke I.

1st lunar month of 1793: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Nakamuraza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Tetsunosuke I a plays a little role in the drama "Saikai Soga Nakamura".

3rd lunar month of 1801: his father Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III dies; Tetsunosuke goes back to his native Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1801: Sawamura Tetsunosuke I takes the name of Sawamura Tanosuke II in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing in the drama "Furuki Omotte Aratama no Kaomise".

1802 ~ 1806: He spends most of his early years performing in Kamigata koshibai.

4th ~ 6th lunar months of 1806: tour in Nagoya for a troupe led by Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Arashi Sangor˘ III, Tanosuke and Nakayama Bungor˘ I; they perform at the Tachibana no Shibai in dramas like "Keisei Sakura no Shima", "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", "Hirakana Seisuiki", "Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi" or "Komochi Yamanba".

7th lunar month of 1806: Tanosuke achieves a great success in ďsaka at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai, playing the roles of Princess Toki and the koshimoto Sumie in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata", which is produced by Arashi Gonnosuke.

3rd lunar month of 1808: "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Tanosuke plays the role of Hinaginu [casting].

Fall 1808: Tanosuke goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1808: Tanosuke plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Irosoyuru Nidai Genji", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Rik˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Tanosuke plays the role of the courtesan Koito [casting].

9th lunar month of 1813: Tanosuke plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

Fall 1813: Tanosuke goes back to Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1813: Tanosuke plays in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the drama "Ono no T˘fű Aoyagi Suzuri". He also performs all the roles of a 7-role hengemono "Sawamurasaki Hatsunanatan". He finally plays the role of Yűshide in the drama "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto"; the role of Tatara Shind˘ Saemon is played by Asao Kuzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1814: Tanosuke plays the roles of Miyuki and Princess Harusame in the drama "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto", which is staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai. This is the first performance in Kabuki history of a play based on the "Asagao Nikki" world [casting].

4th lunar month of 1814: "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto" is staged with the same casting in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

Fall 1815: Tanosuke goes back to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1815: Tanosuke plays at the Nakamuraza in Fukumori Kyűsuke I's kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Oedo no Kaburaya", which celebrates the shűmei of Onoe Kikugor˘ III and Kataoka Gach˘. His yearly salary is 900 ry˘.

11th lunar month of 1816: Tanosuke appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Fuwa Nagoya Yuki no Tategasa".

1st lunar month of 1817: Tanosuke's posthumous rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Comments:

Sawamura Tanosuke II was a talented onnagata actor, endowed with delicate features and a beautiful voice, who achieved fame for himself in both Edo and Kamigata. He was able to play any role, excelling in keisei roles, but unfortunately died too young.

Sawamura Tanosuke II playing the role of Oshichi in the drama "Fűji Bumi Sono Na mo Gozonji", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1813 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1798

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada (1811~1813)

Print made by Shunk˘sai Hokushű in the 1st lunar month of 1815

Print made by Shunk˘sai Hokushű in the 9th lunar month of 1815

The Sawamura Tetsunosuke line of actors

The Sawamura Tanosuke line of actors

 
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