|NAGAWA KAMESUKE I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Master: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I
Disciples: Nagawa Shimesuke I, Nagawa Shinz˘, Nagawa Sambu
Summer 1773: Kamesuke becomes tatesakusha in ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1777: Kamesuke and Nagawa Shimesuke I write the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which is produced at the Naka no Shibai by the zamoto Ichiyama Tajir˘, celebrates the shűmei of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV and welcomes back in ďsaka Arashi Sangor˘ II after 3 and 7 seasons spent in Ky˘to and Edo.
12th lunar month of 1781: Kamesuke's drama "Katakiuchi Tengajaya-mura" is staged for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", written by his disciple Nagawa Shimesuke I, who becomes tatesakusha at the Naka no Shibai [casting], opening a competition between the two theaters for the best performance and the best line-up. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is a huge success and a long run. Unfortunately for Nagawa Shimesuke I, the performance at the Naka no Shibai is a commercial failure.
Nagawa Kamesuke I was an important Kamigata sakusha, the founder of the Nagawa clan, who was active only from the middle of the beginning of the 1770s to the middle of the 1780s and who took part in the creation of more than 70 Kabuki dramas, including "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", "Tengajaya" or "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari" which are still part of the Kabuki repertoire.
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