SAWAMURA TANOSUKE VI

Stage names:

Sawamura Tanosuke VI In Japanese
Sawamura Yoshijir˘ IV In Japanese

Real name: Yamanaka Muneo

Guild: Kinokuniya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Existence: 4 August 1932 ~ 23 June 2022

Connections:

Father: Sawamura Shozan III

Brothers: Sawamura Yoshijir˘ V, Sawamura Rokur˘

Career:

March 1941: he made his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, where he received the name of Sawamura Yoshijir˘ IV and played the role of Tsuruchiyo in "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" [1].

January 1954: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which was entitled "Ataru Toshi Iwau Harukoma"; Yoshijir˘ played the role of the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ [casting].

March 1954: premiere at the Kabukiza of the 1st part of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima"; Yoshijir˘ played the role of Okuyama Kinai's daughter Tomone [more details].

October 1954: premiere at the Kabukiza of the 2nd part of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima"; Yoshijir˘ played the role of the heyago Tomone [more details].

November 1962: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘" [2]; Yoshijir˘ played the role of the sh˘ya's daughter Otsumi [more details].

January 1964: revival at the Nissay Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's spectacular drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Yoshijir˘ played the role of Taira no Masakado's sister Princess Nanaaya [casting].

April 1964: Sawamura Yoshijir˘ IV and his father Sawamura Tanosuke V respectively took the names of Sawamura Tanosuke VI and Sawamura Shozan III at the Kabukiza; the new Tanosuke performed in the dramas "Yaguchi no Watashi", "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (ninth act) and "Yoritomo no Shi".

July 1968: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi Futatsu Domoe"; Tanosuke played the role of Iwaki T˘manoj˘ [casting].

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 passing away of the playwright; Tanosuke played the role of Gen'emon's wife Kikuno [casting].

September 1978: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Tanosuke played the role of Koume [casting].

August 1979: revival at the National Theatre Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri"; Tanosuke played the roles of Fujikake D˘jűr˘ and the courtesan Ch˘jiya Sayoginu [casting].

January 1985: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U" [2]; Tanosuke played the role of Shigetada's wife (and Kagekiyo's sister) Okushiba, later Ch˘sen [casting].

April 1986: Kabuki tour in South America [more details].

1988: tour in South Korea.

March 1991: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's play "Sode Nikki Banshű Meguri"; Tanosuke played the role of the keisei Onoe [more details].

1995: tour in South-East Asia.

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

March 2001: Tanosuke played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Okaya in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

January 2002: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharu Nagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since the 11th lunar month of 1864; Tanosuke played the roles of the courtesan Miyuki and the samurai Tsukimoto Enshű [casting].

June 2002: Tanosuke received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

January 2008: revival at the National Theatre of Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu"; Tanosuke played the role of Sekidera no ďtoji Baba [more details].

January 2014: premiere at the National Theatre of "Sanzen Ry˘ Haru no Komahiki", a revival of Tatsuoka Mansaku's 1794 drama "Keisei Haru no Tori"; Tanosuke played the role of the Daitokuji jűshoku Tokuzen'in [more details].

May 2014: Tanosuke appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari [3] in the drama "Ya-no-Ne" [2].

23 June 2022: Tanosuke died in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Sawamura Tanosuke VI was an outstanding supporting onnagata and nimaime belonging to the Kinokuniya guild, who was particularly excellent in the roles of shrews and nuns. One of his best roles was Keijuin in the drama "Kinkakuji".

[1] The roles of Masaoka, Yashio and Senmatsu were played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII, Kataoka Nizaemon XII and Ichikawa Omemaru.

[2] A drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.

[3] The role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune was played by Onoe Sh˘roku IV.

Sawamura Tanosuke VI playing the role of Onaka in the drama "Megumi no Kenka" in an illustration made by Sugimura Yoshikazu (1962~1998)

The Sawamura Yoshijir˘ line of actors

The Sawamura Tanosuke line of actors

 
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