NAKAMURA GENTARď

Stage names:

Nakamura Gentar˘
Iwai Gentar˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Masters: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I, Iwai Hanshir˘ I

Brother: Nakamura Gennosuke

Disciple: Nakamura Takesabur˘ I

Career:

???: he starts his career at an early age, becoming a disciple of Iwai Hanshir˘ I and performing wakashugata roles under the name of Iwai Gentar˘.

Fall 1702: Gentar˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1702: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I and wakaonnagata, takes the name of Nakamura Gentar˘ and plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Takiguchi's wife in the drama "Yorimasa H˘raizan"; the role of Takiguchi is played by Ikushima Shingor˘.

3rd lunar month of 1707: Gentar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is (superior).

11th lunar month of 1707: Gentar˘ plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Murasame in the kaomise drama "Yukihira Obana Gitsune"; his stage partners in the roles of Murasame's lover Ariwara no Yukihira and Murasame's sister Matsukaze (also in love with Yukihira) are Ikushima Shingor˘ and Tsutsui Kichijűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1708: Gentar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1708: Gentar˘ plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Ayame in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Shiki Samba".

3rd lunar month of 1709: Gentar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

7th lunar month of 1709: Gentar˘ plays in the same theater the role of Princess Chűj˘ in the drama "Keisei Hibari Yama"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Yamanaka Heikur˘ I, Ikushima Shingor˘, Ogawa Zengor˘ I and Nakamura Gentar˘, who plays the role of Princess Chűj˘.

11th lunar month of 1709: Gentar˘ plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Princess Shinobu in the kaomise drama "Taihei Okuni Kabuki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actors Asao Jűjir˘, Arashi Sanjűr˘ I and Fujikawa Buzaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1710: Gentar˘ moves to the Ichimuraza and plays the role of Shiratae in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Takii Hanshir˘ and welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Kirinami Takie.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Gentar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1711: Gentar˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Nowaki in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

Fall 1714: Gentar˘ goes back to Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1714: Gentar˘ plays the role of the courtesan Takao in the drama "Bandai-ga-Ike no Tsurukame", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I at the nadai Shioya Kuroemon's theater. He achieves a great success at the end of the program by performing in solo in a d˘j˘jimono.

1st lunar month of 1715: Gentar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1716: Gentar˘ becomes zamoto and coproduces with Sugiyama Heihachi the kaomise drama "Ch˘ja Mannengura" in ďsaka.

24th day of the 4th lunar month of 1716: his brother Nakamura Gennosuke dies.

Fall 1716: Gentar˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1716: Gentar˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Tomoe Gozen in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which celebrates the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ II. He falls ill and is replaced by Nakamura Sen'ya I.

11th lunar month of 1727: Gentar˘ makes a stage comeback in Edo at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Takasaka Danj˘'s daughter Takane in the drama "Goshozome K˘y˘ Gunki". He is sick but he forces himself to perform. He most likely dies soon afterwards but there is no record on the day of his death.

Comments:

Nakamura Gentar˘ was born in Kamigata but settled in Edo while still a child. He became a talented wakaonnagata actor and an outstanding dancer, whose career spanned from the end of the Genroku era to the first year of the Ky˘h˘ era. He excelled in keisei, nuregoto and bud˘goto roles. He was treated by the Edo audience as one of their own and they refused to recognize any hint of Kamigata in his style. He was "Genta-sama, the favourite of Edo" in the hy˘banki "Yakusha Tomoginmi" ("Friendly investigations in actors" published in 1707). "There is no one who can play Edo fűryű musume roles like him" (from "Yakusha Hako Denju", alias "the Treasure chest of secret arts", 1712). He was also the owner of a cosmetic shop in Edo in the district of Kanda Suda-ch˘.

Nakamura Gentar˘ in a print made by Torii Kiyomasu I around 1705

 
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