SAWAMURA KUNITARď III

Stage names:

Sawamura Kunitar˘ III In Japanese
Ichikawa Suminoj˘ In Japanese
Band˘ Kash˘ In Japanese
Ichikawa Suminoj˘ In Japanese
Nakamura Kaoru In Japanese
Nakayama Enshi In Japanese

Other name:

Ichikawa Kash˘ In Japanese

Guilds: Kawasakiya [1], Oginoya [1], Naritaya [2]

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Kash˘, Kish˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Masters: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V, Nakamura Karoku I, Nakamura Tamasuke, Nakayama Nanshi II

Career:

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Nakayama Nanshi II, who gave him the name of Nakayama Enshi and trained him to perform in kodomo shibai in Ky˘to from the beginning of the 1830s.

1839: he became disciple of Nakamura Tamasuke and received the name of Nakamura Kaoru. Later, he worked for Nakamura Karoku I.

1st lunar month of 1846: he joined Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and received the name of Ichikawa Suminoj˘.

1st to the 12th lunar months of 1847: he took the name of Band˘ Kash˘.

1st lunar month of 1848: he took back the name of Ichikawa Suminoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1866: Suminoj˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. he finally took the name of Sawamura Kunitar˘ III at the Naka no Shibai, where he performed in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hana no T˘riya"; his stage partners were Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ II, Nakamura Jakuemon I, Jitsukawa Enjaku I and Arashi Hinasuke VI.

8th lunar month of 1866: Kunitar˘ played at the Horie no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Masaoka in the drama "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki".

9th lunar month of 1866: Kunitar˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Osan in the drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi"; the role of Mohŕ was played by Jitsukawa Gakujűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1866: Kunitar˘ performed at the Minamigawa no Shibai in "Keisei Somewake Tazuna", "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai" and "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie".

2nd lunar month of 1867: Kunitar˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Magaki in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari". He also played the role of Ono no Komachi in the dance-drama "Rokkasen".

3rd lunar month of 1868: Kunitar˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Yodomachi Gozen in the drama "Keisei Masago no Shiranami". He also played the role of Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) [3] in the sogamono drama "Ch˘ Chidori Omokage Soga".

11th lunar month of 1868: Kunitar˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Osono and Oishi in "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He also played the role of Hamayű in "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara".

5th lunar month of 1869: Kunitar˘ played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Wat˘nai's mother in "Kokusen'ya Gassen"; the role of Wat˘nai was played by Arashi Rikan IV.

11th lunar month of 1870: Kunitar˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the dramas "Keisei Sato no Funauta", "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" and "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

January 1890: Kunitar˘ performed in T˘ky˘ at the Azumaza (a koshibai venue).

Spring 1901: last-recorded performance, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai.

Comments:

Sawamura Kunitar˘ III made a long career on stage, from the first half of the 1830s to the beginning of the 1900s. He traveled a lot during his career, not only in his native Kamigata, but also in T˘ky˘ and the central provinces. He was able to play quite a wide range of roles, either as a tachiyaku or an onnagata. He was active in Kamigata ˘shibai during the 1860s and the beginning of the 1870s. From the 1870s to the beginning of the 1900s, he performed mainly in koshibai or tabi shibai.

[1] He used this yag˘ when he was in the Sawamura Clan.

[2] He used this yag˘ when he was in the Ichikawa Clan.

[3] The roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) and Oni˘ Shinzaemon (Jűr˘'s retainer) were played by Nakamura S˘jűr˘, Nakamura Komanosuke V, Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ II, Ogino Senjo and Nakamura Jakuemon I.

Sawamura Kunitar˘ III playing the role of Hazue in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1866 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Nakai Yoshitaki)

Print made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1866

The Sawamura Kunitar˘ line of actors

 
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