ONOE KIKUGORď VI

Stage names:

Onoe Kikugor˘ VI In Japanese
Onoe Ushinosuke II In Japanese
Onoe K˘z˘ In Japanese

Real name: Terashima K˘z˘

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Poetry name: Sanch˘

Existence: 26 August 1885 ~ 10 July 1949

Connections:

Father: Onoe Kikugor˘ V

Brother: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI

Adopted brothers: Onoe Baik˘ VI, Onoe Kikunosuke II

Adopted sons: Onoe Baik˘ VII, ďkawa Hashiz˘ II

Son: Onoe Kur˘emon II

Son-in-law: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII

Grandson: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII

Great-grandsons: Nakamura Kankur˘ VI, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, Onoe Ukon II

Great-great-grandsons: Nakamura Kantar˘ III, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘ II

Disciples: Onoe Sh˘roku II, Onoe Fujaku IX, Onoe Koisabur˘ III, Onoe Shinshichi V, Onoe Taganoj˘ III, Onoe Kikujir˘ IV, Onoe Kikujűr˘ III, Onoe Kikujűr˘ IV, Onoe Kanijűr˘ III, Onoe Kikuz˘ VI, Onoe Kikunoj˘ I, Onoe Kikutar˘, Onoe Eijir˘, Onoe Eigor˘, Onoe Sh˘jűr˘, Onoe Kikuno II

Career:

August 1885: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Nihonbashi Hama-ch˘.

May 1886: he made his first appearance on stage at the Chitoseza, where he received the name of Onoe K˘z˘.

May 1891: Onoe K˘z˘ became Onoe Ushinosuke II at the Shintomiza.

January 1900: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's dance-drama "Yami no Ume Hyaku Monogatari"; Ushinosuke played the roles of kogaikotsu and a yomiuri [more details].

October 1902: premiere at the Kabukiza of Enokido Kenji's drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; Ushinosuke played the role of Ch˘bŕ's daughter Ohisa [casting].

18 February 1903: his father Onoe Kikugor˘ V died.

March 1903: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Otowaya guild; the actors Onoe Ushinosuke II, Onoe Eizabur˘ V and Onoe Eiz˘ respectively took the names of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Onoe Baik˘ VI and Onoe Eizabur˘ VI [more details]

May 1905: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko", a classic of the Otowaya guild.

June 1905: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the roles of En'ya Hangan and Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged to commemorate the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of the passing away of Onoe Kikugor˘ V.

December 1905: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘, Tokaiya Ginpei and the warrior Taira no Tomomori in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

May 1906: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Jirokichi and Tokubŕ in the dramas "Sakanaya Chawan" and "Tenjiku Tokubŕ".

May 1907: he married Yasuko, a high-ranking geisha employed by the Mishimaya in the district of Shinbashi.

November 1907: amazing performance of Kikugor˘ at the Kabukiza in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" in which he played seven roles (Naoyoshi, En'ya Hangan, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Ono Sadakur˘, Hayano Kanpei, Senzaki Yagor˘ and Rikiya). He also played the main role of the dance-drama "Momijigari".

March 1908: Kikugor˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Sagami Gor˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

May 1908: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Hayami no T˘ta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

July 1908: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the roles of Otsuta and S˘gor˘ in the drama "Sakanaya S˘gor˘".

Fall 1908: beginning of a new golden age for the Ichimuraza with the kikukichi duo.

November 1908: revival at the Kabukiza of "Kagekiyo", a drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Kikugor˘ played the role of Hanzawa Rokur˘ Narikiyo [casting]. He also played at the Ichimuraza the role of Goroz˘ in the drama "Gosho no Goroz˘".

December 1908: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza (Yokosuka) the role of Abe no Munet˘ in the drama "Sodehagi Saimon"; his stage partners were Onoe Baik˘ VI (Sodehagi, Abe no Sadat˘) and Morita Kan'ya XIII (Hachiman Tar˘). Kikugor˘ also played the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘, Kokingo and Kajiwara Kagetoki in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

January 1909: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of the firemen brigade leader Tatsugor˘ in the drama "Megumi no Kenka".

February 1909: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Shinobu in the "Ageya" act of the play "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which was staged in a special program commemorating the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Onoe Kikugor˘ V. At the same time, Onoe Baik˘ VI received the leadership of the Onoe clan.

September 1909: Kikugor˘ and Nakamura Kichiemon I played in alternance at the Ichimuraza the role of Chienai in the drama "Kikubatake".

October 1909: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Princess Takiyasha in the drama "Masakado"; the role of Mitsukuni was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

November 1909: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". He also played the role of Fudeya K˘bŕ in the drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa".

March 1910: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "Hanago", adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and staged under the title "Migawari Zazen"; Kikugor˘ played the role of Uky˘ [casting]. He also played the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘ and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

October 1910: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Ginnoj˘ in the drama "Kiri Hitoha".

June 1911: Kikugor˘ played for the first time the eponymous role of the drama "Kamiyui Shinza", which was staged at the Ichimuraza.

November 1911: Kikugor˘ played for the first time the role of Sanemori in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki", which was staged at the Ichimuraza.

September 1912: Kikugor˘ played at the Shintomiza the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the great dance "Musume D˘j˘ji".

December 1912: Kikugor˘ played for the first time the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi", which was staged at the Misonoza (Nagoya).

1913: creation of the Ky˘genza, a study circle dedicated to Kabuki dances.

April 1913: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘za the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the "Shi-no-Kiri" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; the roles of Shizuka Gozen, Minamoto Yoshitsune and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan were played by Ichikawa Monnosuke VI, Ichimura Kamez˘ III and Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV.

January 1914: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the leading role in the dance "Kagami Jishi".

April 1914: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko". He also played the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the dance-drame "Kanjinch˘".

June 1914: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Sashichi in the drama "Omatsuri Sashichi".

July 1914: Kikugor˘ played for the first time the role of the villain Motoemon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura", which was staged at the Kabukiza; his stage partners were Onoe Eizabur˘ VI (T˘ma Sabur˘emon), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (Iori), Onoe Fujaku VIII (Somenoi) and Morita Kan'ya XIII (Genjir˘).

September 1914: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Furukawa Shinsui's drama "Ansei Kibun Tsukuda no Yoarashi"; Kikugor˘ played the roles of Aoki Teijir˘ and the tedai K˘shichi [more details].

January 1915: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of the demon and the monk Seishin in the dance-drama "Ibaraki" and the drama "Izayoi Seishin".

November 1915: Kikugor˘ played the role of Motoemon at the Yokohamaza (Yokohama) in the drama "Tengajaya-mura"; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI (T˘ma Sabur˘emon), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (Iori) and Ichikawa Shinnosuke V (Genjir˘). Kikugor˘ also played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Sukune Tar˘ and Sakuramaru in the "D˘my˘ji" and "Kurumabiki" scenes of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

January 1916: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "B˘ Shibari", which was adapted to kabuki by Okamura Shik˘; Kikugor˘ played the role of Jir˘kaja [casting]. He also played the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri"; the role of Ishikawa Goemon was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

May 1916: a stone commemorating the memory of Onoe Kikugor˘ V was erected in the precinct of temple Fud˘son in the district of Fukagawa in T˘ky˘.

1916: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the Kabuki adaptation of the ky˘gen "B˘ Shibari". The script was written by Okamura Shik˘ and the 2 main roles were played by Kikugor˘ and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII.

May ~ June 1916: tour in the southern and western provinces of Japan with the actors Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII, Onoe Kikujir˘ III and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI. Kikugor˘ played the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

August 1916: Kikugor˘ played at the Imperial Theater the role of Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

December 1916: Kikugor˘ played at the Yokohamaza (Yokohama) the role of Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

July 1917: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "Tachi Nusubito", adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘. Kikugor˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII played the 3 roles of the dance.

September 1918: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Okamura Shik˘'s dance-drama "Imohori Ch˘ja"; Kikugor˘ played the role of the imohori T˘gor˘ [casting].

November 1918: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Shizuka Gozen) and Nakamura T˘z˘ V (Hayami no T˘ta).

December 1918: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Nang˘ Rikimaru in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko".

March 1919: Kikugor˘ played the role of Ch˘bŕ at the Imperial Theater in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; the role of Okane was played by Onoe Kikujir˘ III.

September 1919: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the role of Takebe Genz˘ was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

October 1919: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Motoemon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (T˘ma Sabur˘emon), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (Iori) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Genjir˘).

February 1920: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Osh˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Ob˘ Kichisa) and Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Oj˘ Kichisa).

Beginning of 1921: Nakamura Kichiemon I left the Ichimuraza to join the Sh˘chiku Company, bringing the age of the kikukichi duo to an end.

March 1921: premiere at the Imperial Theater of the dance-drama "Chatsubo", which was adapted from ky˘gen to Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and starred Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII and Kikugor˘. Kikugor˘ also played the role of Sanemori in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".

September 1921: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Yamamoto Yűz˘'s drama "Sakazaki Dewa-no-Kami"; Kikugor˘ played the role of Sakazaki Narimasa [more details].

October 1921: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

February 1922: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Shibahama no Kawazaifu", a drama adapted from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘. Kikugor˘ and Sawamura S˘nosuke I played the roles of Masagor˘ and Masagor˘'s wife Otatsu. Kikugor˘ also played the role of Takebe Genz˘ in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were ďtani Tomoemon VI (Matsu˘maru), Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Chiyo) and Ichikawa Kigan V (Tonami).

February 1923: premiere with a Kabuki casting at the Ichimuraza of Suzuki Senzabur˘'s ninj˘mono drama "Jirokichi Zange"; Kikugor˘ played the role of the delivery man Heijir˘, in reality the thief Nezumi Koz˘ [more details].

March 1923: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Osanai Kaoru's drama "Musuko"; Kikugor˘ played the role of the buraikan Kinjir˘ [more details].

April 1923: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the play "Shiranami Gonin Otoko".

December 1924: Kikugor˘ played at the H˘rakuza the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Kigan V (Okane) and Onoe Eizabur˘ VII (Ohisa).

May 1925: Kikugor˘ played the role of Motoemon at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ in the drama "Tengajaya-mura"; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI (T˘ma Sabur˘emon), Morita Kan'ya XIII (Iori) and Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Genjir˘).

June 1925: premiere at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Suzuki Senzabur˘'s drama "Ikite-iru Koheiji"; Kikugor˘ played the role of Takur˘ [more details]. He also played the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘ and Sagami Gor˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

1926: Kikugor˘ joined the Sh˘chiku Company.

January 1926: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the roles of Terukuni and Takebe Genz˘ in the "D˘my˘ji" and "Terakoya" scenes of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

April 1926: Kikugor˘ played at the Hong˘za the roles of En'ya Hangan and Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of Okaru was played by Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.

September 1926: Kikugor˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Shizuka Gozen) and Onoe Izabur˘ (Hayami no T˘ta).

March 1927: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of K˘mori Yasu in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Yosa").

September 1927: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Kojir˘/Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

January 1928: Kikugor˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Chűsha VII (Gapp˘), Band˘ Takesabur˘ IV (Princess Asaka) and Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Takayasu Shuntokumaru).

February 1928: Kikugor˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Shizuka Gozen) and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI (Hayami no T˘ta).

April 1928: Kikugor˘ played at the Meijiza the role of Takebe Genz˘ in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Tonami).

June 1928: premiere at the Kabukiza of Okamura Shik˘'s dance-drama "Maboroshi Wankyű", starring Kikugor˘ in the role of Wan'ya Kyűbŕ.

November 1928: premiere at the Kabukiza of Oka Onitar˘'s dance-drama "Kakuju Senzai"; Kikugor˘ played the role of a princess, later a female crane [more details].

February 1929: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of En'ya Hangan, Okaru, Hayano Kanpei and Kobayashi Heihachir˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

June 1929: revival at the Kabukiza of the dance "Gannin B˘zu", which was premiered in the 3rd lunar month of 1811 by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. It was staged under the title "Ukare B˘zu". The role of the bonze look-alike beggar was played by the star Kikugor˘, who used a different musical accompaniment, written by Kiyomoto Enjudayű V. He also played the role of Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; his partners in the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Miuranosuke were Ichikawa Chűsha VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

November 1929: Kikugor˘ played at the Meijiza the role of Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

January 1930: Kikugor˘ played at the Meijiza the roles of Masaoka and Nikki Danj˘ in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

February 1930: Kikugor˘ played at the Meijiza the role of Ume˘maru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Matsu˘maru), Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII (Sakuramaru) and Onoe K˘z˘ II (Shihei).

April 1930: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the "Shi-no-Kiri" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

May 1930: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Chűsha VII (Gapp˘), Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Princess Asaka) and Nakamura Fukusuke V (Takayasu Shuntokumaru).

November 1930: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of En'ya Hangan and Genroku in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

January 1931: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘), Nakamura Fukusuke V (Chiyo) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Tonami).

February 1931: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Kokingo, Yasuke and Taira no Koremori in the "Ko-no-Mi", "Kokingo Uchijini" and "Sushiya" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

March 1931: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the roles of Yashio and Nikki Danj˘ in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the roles of Masaoka and Hosokawa Katsumoto were played by Onoe Baik˘ VI and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

July 1931: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the Hasegawa Shin's drama "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri"; Kikugor˘ played the role of M˘hei; the role of Otsuta was played by Nakamura Fukusuke V [casting]. He also played the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the "Tokaiya" and "Daimotsu no Ura" scenes of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

March 1931: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Nang˘ Rikimaru in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko".

February 1932: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Shizuka Gozen in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; his stage partners were Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Sat˘ Tadanobu) and Nakamura Kichiemon I (Hayami no T˘ta). Kikugor˘ plays also the role of Osh˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Ob˘ Kichisa) and Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Oj˘ Kichisa).

March 1932: the duo Onoe Kikugor˘ - Ichimura Uzaemon played for the first time the roles of Kasane and Yoemon in the dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame", which was staged at the Kabukiza.

April 1932: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Takebe Genz˘ in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Tonami).

May 1932: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Teraoka Heieomon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

June 1932: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Irezumi Ch˘han"; Kikugor˘ played the role of Hantar˘ [casting].

November 1932: revival at the Kabukiza of "Gedatsu", a drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Kikugor˘ played the role of Ema no Koshir˘ Yoshitoki [more details]. Kikugor˘ also played in the same theater the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Hayami no T˘ta were played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI. Kikugor˘ also played the role of Shinbŕ in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Sukeroku, Agemaki and Ikyű were played by Ichimura Uzaemon XV, Onoe Baik˘ VI and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII. Kikugor˘ also played the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi were played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

January 1933: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi were played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

July 1933: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Oiwa, Kohei and Naosuke in the kaidanmono "Yotsuya Kaidan".

September 1933: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the Nagauta-based ky˘gen "Takatsuki", which was adapted for Kabuki by Hisamatsu Issei (lyrics) and Kashiwa Izabur˘ (music) and performed by Kikugor˘ and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII. Premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kawamura Kary˘'s drama "J˘shű Miyage Hyakury˘ Kubi"; Kikugor˘ played the role of Itaba no Sh˘tar˘ (later the ry˘rinin Sh˘tar˘) [more details].

October 1933: Kikugor˘ played the role of Motoemon at the Kabukiza in the drama "Tengajaya-mura"; his stage partners were Jitsukawa Enjaku II (T˘ma Sabur˘emon), Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Iori), Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Somenoi) and Ichimura Kakitsu VII (Genjir˘).

December 1933: Kikugor˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners were Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane) and Onoe Ushinosuke IV (Ohisa).

January 1934: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; his stage partners were Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Katsuyori) and Onoe Baik˘ VI (Nureginu). Kikugor˘ also played the role of Sakuramaru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Matsu˘maru) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (Ume˘maru).

April 1934: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; his stage partners were Onoe Baik˘ VI (Shizuka Gozen) and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI (Hayami no T˘ta).

June 1934: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Kurayami no Ushimatsu"; Kikugor˘ played the role of the ry˘rinin Ushimatsu [casting].

November 1934: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of the Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi were played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

January 1935: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Oj˘ Kichisa in the drama "Sannin Kichisa"; his stage partners were Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (Osh˘ Kichisa) and Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Ob˘ Kichisa).

February 1935: Kikugor˘ played at the Minamiza (Ky˘to) the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the "Shi-no-Kiri" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also played the role of Ch˘bŕ in "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi".

March ~ April 1935: the Kabukiza commemorated the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of the passing away of Onoe Kikugor˘ V with a great name-taking ceremony for several actors of the Otowaya guild. Onoe Ushinosuke IV, Matsumoto Yutaka, Band˘ Kamesabur˘ III and Onoe Izabur˘ respectively took the names of Onoe Kikunosuke III, Onoe Sh˘roku II, Bando Shinsui VII and Onoe Matsusuke V.

September 1935: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "K˘dan Yomiya no Ame"; Kikugor˘ played the role of Ryűtatsu [more details]. He also played the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners were Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane) and Onoe Kikunosuke III (Ohisa).

November 1935: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Onatsu in the dance "Onatsu Ky˘ran".

January 1936: premiere at the Kabukiza of the shosagoto "Kasuga Ryűjin"; Kikugor˘ played the main roles.

February 1936: Kikugor˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Motoemon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura"; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI (T˘ma Sabur˘emon), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (Iori), Onoe Kikujir˘ IV (Somenoi) and Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Genjir˘).

April 1936: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘), Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Tonami) and Nakamura Baigyoku III (Chiyo).

May 1936: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also played the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri"; the role of Ishikawa Goemon was played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

January 1937: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Sakuramaru), Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (Ume˘maru) and Nakamura Utaemon V (Shihei).

March 1937: Kikugor˘ played for the first time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, the main role of the dance "Fuji Musume".

April 1937: revival at the Kabukiza of the "Fud˘", a drama belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Kikugor˘ played the role of Chitoseya Miyoshino [more details]. Kikugor˘ also played at the Kabukiza the role of the Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi were played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

June 1937: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; his stage partners were Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Katsuyori) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII (Nureginu).

November 1937: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of En'ya Hangan and Sadakur˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

May 1938: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Genz˘ in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru), Onoe Kikujir˘ IV (Tonami) and Sawamura Tossh˘ IV (Chiyo).

October 1938: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of En'ya Hangan, Okaru and Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

November 1938: Kikugor˘ played for the last time the role of the villain Motoemon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura", which was staged at the ďsaka Kabukiza; his stage partners were ďtani Tomoemon VI (T˘ma Sabur˘emon), Nakamura Baigyoku III (Iori), Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Somenoi) and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (Genjir˘).

January 1939: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘), Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo) and Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Tonami).

March 1939: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko".

April 1939: Kikugor˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were the same as the January performance.

May 1939: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; the role of Otoku was played by Nakamura Baigyoku III.

March 1940: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Moron˘, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Okaru and Shimizu Ikkaku in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

April 1940: Kikugor˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; the role of Otoku was played by Nakamura Baigyoku III.

October 1940: the Kabukiza commemorated the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Onoe Baik˘ VI. Kikugor˘ and his son Onoe Ukon (who took the name of Onoe Kur˘emon II) played the roles of Soga Jűr˘ and Soga Gor˘ in the drama "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen".

January 1941: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

March 1941: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Ume˘maru in the "Kurumabiki" and "Ga no Iwai" scenes of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

April 1941: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

June 1941: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Gapp˘), Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Princess Asaka) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Takayasu Shuntokumaru).

November 1941: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the "Shi-no-Kiri" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also played the role of Yuranosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

March 1942: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and the courtesan Fujiya Azuma in the "Sum˘ba" scene of the play "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; Ichimura Uzaemon XV played the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi and Yamazaki Yogor˘.

April 1942: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners were Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane) and Onoe Kikunosuke III (Ohisa).

January 1943: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; his stage partners were Ichimura Kakitsu VII (Shizuka Gozen) and ďtani Tomoemon VI (Hayami no T˘ta). Kikugor˘ also played the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and Matsu˘maru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

March 1943: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

April 1943: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater for the last time the role of K˘mori Yasu in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Yosa").

May 1943: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the role of Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; the role of Otoku was played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

June 1943: Kikugor˘ played in the same theater the roles of Yuranosuke and Tonase in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

November 1943: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi were played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

December 1943: Kikugor˘ and Ichimura Uzaemon played together for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, the roles of Kasane and Yoemon in the dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame". Kikugor˘ also played the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi were played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

February 1944: Kikugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the "Sum˘ba" scene of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; his stage partners were Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi, Yamazaki Yogor˘) and Onoe Kikunosuke III (the courtesan Fujiya Azuma).

July 1944: Kikugor˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; the role of Otoku was played by Ichikawa Omez˘ IV.

October 1944: Kikugor˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners were Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane) and Onoe Kikunosuke III (Ohisa).

April 1945: Kikugor˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

December 1945: Kikugor˘ played at the Minamiza (Ky˘to) the role of Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; the role of Otoku was played by Nakamura Baigyoku III.

May 1946: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko".

October 1946: Kikugor˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; his stage partners were Nakamura Baigyoku III (Shizuka Gozen) and Onoe Sh˘roku II (Hayami no T˘ta).

November 1946: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the courtesan Yűgiri was played by Nakamura Baigyoku III.

December 1946: Kikugor˘ and Nakamura Baigyoku performed together in Ky˘to at the Minamiza in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘".

March 1947: Kikugor˘ and Nakamura Baigyoku performed together in Nagoya at the Chűky˘ Gekij˘ in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘".

May 1947: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the roles of Terukuni, Sakuramaru and Matsu˘maru in the "D˘my˘ji", "Ga no Iwai" and "Terakoya" scenes of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

June 1947: Kikugor˘ and Nakamura Baigyoku performed together at the ďsaka Kabukiza in the dramas "Kuruwa Bunsh˘" and "Keisei Hangonk˘".

October 1947: Kikugor˘ played at the Yűrakuza the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Shizuka Gozen) and Onoe Sh˘roku II (Hayami no T˘ta).

November 1947: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the roles of Moron˘ and Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

December 1947: Kikugor˘ played the role of Gapp˘ in Ky˘to at the Minamiza in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; his stage partners were Nakamura Baigyoku III (Tamate Gozen), Onoe Baik˘ VII (Princess Asaka) and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (Takayasu Shuntokumaru).

March 1948: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Sanemori in the "Sanemori Monogatari" scene of the play "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".

April 1948: opening ceremony for the new Shinbashi Enbuj˘; Kikugor˘ played the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momoyogusa".

October 1948: Kikugor˘ played for the last time the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘ and Igami no Gonta, in T˘ky˘ at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also played the roles of Ushimatsu and Kikuha no Mae in the drama "Kurayami no Ushimatsu" and the dance "Sumidagawa".

December 1948: Kikugor˘ played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the main role of the Kiyomoto-based dance "Sumidagawa".

February 1949: Kikugor˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Yuranosuke in the "Gion Ichiriki Jaya" act of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of Okaru was played by Onoe Baik˘ VII.

March 1949: Kikugor˘ played for the last time the main role of the dance "Fuji Musume", which was staged at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

April 1949: Kikugor˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, where he performed in the dramas "Terakoya" and "Kagatobi". He collapsed at home the evening of the second day of the performance and had to be replaced.

10 July 1949: Kikugor˘ died in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Onoe Kikugor˘ VI was a Kabuki stage giant, who was active from the second half of the 1880s to the end of the 1940s. He was one of the most celebrated actors, an outstanding dancer and a magnificent kaneru yakusha without peer during the first half of the 20th century.

"The theatre critic Atsumi Seitar˘ wrote in his book Rokudaime Kikugor˘ Hy˘den (Critical Biography of Kikugor˘ VI) that 'by around 1936 Kikugor˘ had established an unchallengeable position in the theatrical world. He had in reality become the king of the theatre.' It seems likely that the theatrical style of the deified Kikugor˘ VI attained its definitive form at this time and was recognized to have done so by audiences and critics." (from otowaya.ne.jp)

"Kikugor˘ VI is remembered and revered as one of the most potent forces in twentieth-century Kabuki." (Samuel Leiter, "New Kabuki Encyclopedia").

Onoe Kikugor˘ VI trained two of the best actors of the second half of the 20th century, the tachiyaku Onoe Sh˘roku II and the onnagata Onoe Baik˘ VII.

Onoe Kikugor˘ VI playing the role of Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" in a print made by Natori Shunsen in 1929

Prints & Illustrations

The Onoe Ushinosuke line of actors

The Onoe Kikugor˘ line of actors

 
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