|SAKATA HANGORÔ IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry names: Sankyô, Banfû
Existence: 1793 ~ 7th day of the 11th lunar month of 1839
1793: born in Edo.
1793 ~ 1814: his first master is Bandô Mitsugorô III and his first sage name is Bandô Daigorô. He is recorded (in Nojima Jusaburô's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten") as becoming a disciple of first Ôtani Hiroji III, then Sakata Hangorô III but these two actors die when Daigorô is still a young boy.
6th day of the 6th lunar month of 1795: the actor Sakata Hangorô III dies.
11th day of the 5th lunar month of 1802: the actor Ôtani Hiroji III dies.
1814: he officially joins the Ôtani clan.
11th lunar month of 1814: he takes the name of Ôtani Hiroemon IV at the Ichimuraza, performing as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Sekai no Hana Sugawara Denju", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actors Arashi Sangorô III, Arashi Umatarô I and Nakayama Sharyû; Hiroemon's others main stage partners are Ichikawa Danjûrô VII, Matsumoto Kôshirô V, Iwai Hanshirô V and Suketakaya Takasuke II.
1822: he officially joins the Sakata clan.
11th lunar month of 1822: he takes the name of Sakata Hangorô IV at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Nagakami Tarô and Iga Jutarô in the drama "Gohiiki Azuma Hyakkan", which also celebrates the shûmei of Mimasu Gennosuke I and welcomes in Edo Nakamura Sankô I; his stage partners are Matsumoto Kôshirô V, Bandô Mitsugorô III, Iwai Kumesaburô II, Arashi Kanjûrô I and Yamashina Jinkichi III.
5th lunar month of 1830: Hangorô appears on a Kabuki stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza where he plays the roles of Ishidô Umanosuke and Yamana Saemon in the drama "Shima Utsushi Iroha Nikki". He retires from the Kabuki world to enter the world of prostitution, working from 1831 under the name of Izuya Yasuke.
7th day of the 11th lunar month of 1839: he dies in Edo.
Sakata Hangorô IV was an Edo supporting katakiyaku actor, who was active in his native town from the beginning of the 1810s to 1830. He was the only known actor ending instead of starting his career in prostitution.
Sakata Hangorô IV playing the role of Gonta in the drama "Kinbusen Yosooi Genji", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1827 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kuniyasu I)
The Ôtani Hiroemon line of actors
The Sakata Hangorô line of actors
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