|SAWAMURA GENNOSUKE IV|
Real name: Sawamura Seizabur˘
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: Shűk˘, Seigaku
Existence: 14th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1859  ~ 20 April 1936
Adoptive father: Sawamura Gennosuke III
Son-in-law: Sawamura Gennosuke V
Disciple: Sawamura Genjűr˘ III
1859 ~ 1865: born in ďsaka the 14th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1859 . His family moved to Edo when he was a child. He was adopted by the actor Sawamura Gennosuke III, who gave him the name of Sawamura Seishi II.
October 1873: he took the name of Sawamura Seijűr˘ II at the Sawamuraza, playing the role of the kamuro Midori in the drama "Akegarasu Neya no Akatsuki".
November 1882: Sawamura Seijűr˘ II took the name of Sawamura Gennosuke IV at the Saruwakaza , playing the roles of the Suma ama Matsukaze, the Ky˘ya musume Oura and Chűemon's younger sister Otami in Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Kokubyakuron Oriwake Hakata".
February 1885: Gennosuke took part in the opening ceremony of the Chitoseza [more details]. Premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa"; Gennosuke played the role of the courtesan Kohina [casting].
March 1899: premiere at the Meijiza of the drama "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", which gathered the main scenes from the sukerokumono part of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 1858 drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; Gennosuke played the roles of Miuraya Agemaki and Omaki [casting].
February 1925: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", was revived at the Hong˘za, under the supervision of the writer Nagai Kafű; Gennosuke played the roles of Gonsuke's wife Otsuta and Sakama Denbŕ [casting].
November 1935: Gennosuke appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza, performing in the drama "Suzuki Mondo".
20 April 1936: Gennosuke died.
Sawamura Gennosuke IV was an outstanding onnagata actor, who was also able to play a wide range of male roles. Akuba roles were his field of excellence, like Otomi ("Kirare Otomi") or Dakki no Ohyaku ("Hyaku Monogatari"). He moved at the beginning of the 20th century from ˘shibai, where he was supporting the stars Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Onoe Kikugor˘ V, to koshibai, performing as a leading actor in venues like the Asakusaza or the Miyatoza. He joined back the ˘shibai in his latter years. He was considered as the last true Edo onnagata.
Literally 'the Paddy Field Master'. Tanbo was the name of his neighbourhood in Asakusa.
 The 14th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 6th year of the Ansei era was the 16th of April 1859 in the western calendar.
 The 15th day of the 9th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Bunkyű era was the 27th of October 1863 in the western calendar.
 A drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban.
Sawamura Gennosuke IV playing the role of Okoi in the drama "Izu Miyage Kei˘ Kibun", which was staged in September 1900 at the Meijiza (print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai)
The Sawamura Seishi line of actors
The Sawamura Gennosuke line of actors
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