ICHIKAWA YAOZď IX

Stage names:

Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX
Matsumoto Komagor˘ I
Matsumoto Kin'ichi I

Real name: Matsumoto Sei'ichi

Guild: Tachibanaya

Line number: KUDAIME (IX)

Poetry name: Teika

Existence: 31 July 1906 ~ 1 January 1987

Connections:

Master: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII

Career:

January 1913: first stage appearance at the Imperial Theater, where he receives the name of Matsumoto Kin'ichi I.

April 1929: Matsumoto Kin'ichi I becomes nadai and takes the name of Matsumoto Komagor˘ I at the Imperial Theater.

July 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Kitsune to Fuefuki"; Komagor˘ plays the role of Fuyutoshi [casting].

June 1953: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VIII and Matsumoto Komagor˘ I respectively take the names of Ichikawa Chűsha VIII and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX at the Kabukiza. The new Yaoz˘ plays the role of Sat˘ Masakiyo in the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki".

November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Mishima Yukio; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Iruma Akugor˘ [casting].

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari"; Yaoz˘ plays the role of the shitenn˘ Takat˘ Shir˘ Kaneyoshi [casting].

November 1962: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Yaoz˘ plays the role of one of Hayakumo's retainers [more details].

June 1963: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Yaoz˘ plays the role of the brothel-keeper Gonbŕ [casting].

March 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Gunji Masakatsu; Yaoz˘ plays the role of the priest Zangetsu [casting].

July 1968: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi Futatsu Domoe"; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Iwaki Hy˘bu [casting].

April 1971: revival at the National Theatre of Nagawa Shimesuke I's drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage"; Yaoz˘ plays the role of ďsakaya Gen'emon [casting].

February 1979: revision by Uno Nobuo at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Sanzes˘ Nishiki Bunsh˘"; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Ch˘an [casting].

January 1980: Yaoz˘ takes part in the first Kabuki performances at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ [more details].

August 1980: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa"; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Daimonjiya Jihei (commonly called Sakai no Daiji) [casting].

December 1983: Yaoz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Sagisaka Bannai in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Comments:

Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IX was a good tachiyaku actor, who was able to play a broad range of supporting roles, from katakiyaku to sanmaime, in either jidaimono or sewamono dramas. He often played roles like Shund˘ Genba ("Terakoya"), Tosa Sh˘gen Mitsunobu ("Domo Mata"), Kumasuke ("Irezumi Ch˘han") and Narita Gor˘ ("Onna Shibaraku").

The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors

 
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