|MORITA KAN'YA XI|
Morita Kan'ya XI
Other name: Morita Zek˘
Nickname: Yoi Mitsu (Mitsu the drunkard)
Guilds: Kinojiya, Yamatoya
Line number: J█ICHIDAIME (XI)
Existence: 1802 ~ 18th day of the 11th lunar month of 1863
Adoptive father: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III
Son: Band˘ Mitahachi
Adopted sons: Morita Kan'ya XII, Morita Entar˘
Disciple: Band˘ Kak˘
11th lunar month of 1828: Minosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kumasaka Ch˘han, Ise no Sabur˘, a boatman, Iwate Sakingo and Akugenta Yoshihira in the drama "Mitsugi no Yuki Genji Hiiki"; his yearly salary is 550 ry˘.
3rd lunar month of 1832: Band˘ Minosuke II takes the name of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV at the Nakamuraza, playing 3 roles in the drama "Sakura Doki Onna Gy˘retsu". He also performs one of the 2 leading roles in the premiere of the 3-part Kiyomoto-based dance "Yayoi no Hana Asakusa Matsuri", sharing the stage with Nakamura Shikan II. This dance is still sometimes performed in its entirety but the first part, "Sanja Matsuri" is frequently staged independently.
1838 ~ 1843: Mitsugor˘ goes on tour in almost all the provinces of Japan.
11th day of the 7th lunar month of 1838: Morita Kan'ya X dies.
1st lunar month of 1839: Mitsugor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is hakudai-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent). Premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Keisei Hama no Masago"; Mitsugor˘ plays the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi [casting].
11th lunar month of 1843: Mitsugor˘ is back in Edo and plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Wakatonobara Sharin no ďyose", which commemorates the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the death of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. He also plays at the end of the program the role of Shunkan in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi".
11th lunar month of 1850: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV takes the name of Morita Kan'ya XI at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Go Taiheiki Date no Masugata".
8th lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi" (commonly called "Sakura Giminden"); Kan'ya plays the roles of Asakura T˘zaemon, ďsawa Hayato and Takaoka Kazue [casting].
5th lunar month of 1856: Kan'ya reopens the Moritaza, which was closed since 1837.
9th day of the 1st lunar month of 1858: a fire breaks out in the third floor of the Moritaza and burns the theater to ashes.
11th lunar month of 1858: the newly-rebuilt Moritaza reopens; Kan'ya changes the ideogram for Mori in both his name and his theater name:
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10th lunar month of 1863: Kan'ya produces "Sangoku Y˘buden", his last Kabuki production at the Moritaza. He dies the 18th of the 11th lunar month of 1863.
Morita Kan'ya XI was both a tachiyaku actor and the zamoto of the Moritaza (from 1856 to 1863). He was tall, handsome and, as an actor, excelled in sewamono dramas. He was also a talented jitsuaku and an outstanding dancer.
In his Mitsugor˘ years, he was both a stage partner and a rival (for the title of Edo best tachiyaku) for Nakamura Shikan II, imitating the glorious rivalry of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and Nakamura Utaemon III.
Morita Kan'ya XI playing the role of Sait˘ Tarozaemon Toshiyuki in the drama "ďt˘-no-Miya Asahi no Yoroi" (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1860)
The Morita Kan'ya line of actors and theater managers
The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors
The Band˘ Minosuke line of actors
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