ONOE KIKUGORď VI

Stage names:

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

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 makes his first appearance on stage at the Chitoseza, receiving the name of Onoe K˘z˘.

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

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

February 1903: his father Onoe Kikugor˘ V dies.

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

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

June 1905: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of En'ya Hangan and Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is performed in the same theater as part of a program commemorating the second anniversary of the death of Onoe Kikugor˘ V.

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

May 1906: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Jirokichi and Tokubŕ in the dramas "Sakanaya Chawan" and "Tenjiku Tokubŕ", which are performed at the Kabukiza.

May 1907: he marries 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 plays seven roles (Naoyoshi, En'ya Hangan, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Ono Sadakur˘, Hayano Kanpei, Senzaki Yagor˘ and Rikiya). He also plays the main role of the dance-drame "Momijigari".

March 1908: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Sagami Gor˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the Misonoza Theater in Nagoya.

May 1908: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Hayami no T˘ta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

July 1908: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Otsuta and S˘gor˘ in the drama "Sakanaya S˘gor˘", which is performed in the same theater.

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

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

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

January 1909: Kikugor˘ plays the role of the firemen brigade leader Tatsugor˘ in the play "Megumi no Kenka", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

February 1909: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Shinobu in the "Ageya" scene of the play "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which is performed in a special program in the same theater commemorating the sixth anniversary of the death of Onoe Kikugor˘ V. At the same time Onoe Baik˘ VI receives the leadership of the Onoe clan.

September 1909: Kikugor˘ and Nakamura Kichiemon I play in alternance the role of Chienai in the drama "Kikubatake", which is performed at the Ichimuraza.

October 1909: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Princess Takiyasha in the play "Masakado", which is performed at the Kabukiza. The role of Mitsukuni is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

November 1909: Kikugor˘ plays the difficult role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which is performed at the Ichimuraza. He also plays the role of Fudeya K˘bŕ in the play "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˘ plays the role of Uky˘ [casting]. He also plays the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘ and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

October 1910: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Ginnoj˘ in the drama "Kiri Hitoha", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

June 1911: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time the eponymous role of the play "Kamiyui Shinza", which is performed at the Ichimuraza.

November 1911: Kikugor˘ plays for the first time the role of Sanemori in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki", which is performed in the same theater.

September 1912: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Hanako in the great dance "Musume D˘j˘ji", which is performed at the Shintomiza.

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

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

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

January 1914: Kikugor˘ plays the role in the dance "Kagami Jishi", which is performed at the Ichimuraza.

April 1914: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the play "Shiranami Gonin Otoko", which is performed in the same theater. He also plays the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the dance-drame "Kanjinch˘".

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

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

January 1915: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of the demon and the monk Seishin in the dance-drama "Ibaraki" and the play "Izayoi Seishin", which are performed at the Ichimuraza.

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

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

May 1916: a stone commemorating the memory of Onoe Kikugor˘ V is 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 is written by Okamura Shik˘ and the 2 main roles are performed 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˘ plays the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

August 1916: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the Imperial Theater.

December 1916: Kikugor˘ plays the same role at the Yokohamaza (Yokohama).

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 play the 3 roles of the dance.

November 1918: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama", which is performed at the Ichimuraza. His stage partners are Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Shizuka Gozen) and Nakamura T˘z˘ V (Hayami no T˘ta).

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

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

September 1919: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Ichimuraza. The role of Genz˘ is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

October 1919: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Motoemon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura", which is performed in the same theater. His stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I (T˘ma Sabur˘emon), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII (Iori) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Genjir˘).

February 1920: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Osh˘ Kichisa at the theater Ichimuraza in the drama "Sannin Kichisa", which is performed in the same theater. His stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I (Ob˘ Kichisa) and Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Oj˘ Kichisa).

Beginning of 1921: Nakamura Kichiemon I leaves 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 is adapted from ky˘gen to Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ and stars Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII and Kikugor˘. Kikugor˘ also plays the role of Sanemori in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".

October 1921: Kikugor˘ plays 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 play the roles of Masagor˘ and Masagor˘'s wife Otatsu. Kikugor˘ also plays the role of Genz˘ in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are ďtani Tomoemon VI (Matsu˘maru), Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Chiyo) and Ichikawa Kigan V (Tonami).

April 1923: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the play "Shiranami Gonin Otoko", which is performed at the Ichimuraza.

December 1924: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi", which is performed at the H˘rakuza. His stage partners are Ichikawa Kigan V (Okane) and Onoe Eizabur˘ VII (Ohisa).

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

June 1925: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘ and Sagami Gor˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘.

1926: Kikugor˘ joins the Sh˘chiku Company.

January 1926: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Terukuni and Genz˘ in the "D˘my˘ji" and "Terakoya" scenes of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Ichimuraza.

April 1926: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of En'ya Hangan and Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is performed at the Hong˘za. The role of Okaru is played by Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.

September 1926: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama", which is performed at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. His stage partners are Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Shizuka Gozen) and Onoe Izabur˘ (Hayami no T˘ta).

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

September 1927: Kikugor˘ plays 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 is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.

January 1928: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which is performed at the Ichimuraza. His stage partners are Ichikawa Chűsha VII (Gapp˘), Band˘ Takesabur˘ IV (Princess Asaka) and Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Shuntokumaru).

February 1928: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama", which is performed at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. His stage partners are Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Shizuka Gozen) and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI (Hayami no T˘ta).

April 1928: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Genz˘ in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Meijiza. His stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Tonami).

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

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 is staged under the title "Ukare B˘zu". The role of the bonze look-alike beggar is played by the star Kikugor˘, who uses a different musical accompaniment, written by Kiyomoto Enjudayű V. He also plays the role of Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki". His partners in the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Miuranosuke are Ichikawa Chűsha VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

November 1929: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the Meijiza.

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

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

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

May 1930: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which is performed in the same theater. His stage partners are Ichikawa Chűsha VII (Gapp˘), Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Princess Asaka) and Nakamura Fukusuke V (Shuntokumaru).

November 1930: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of En'ya Hangan and Genroku in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

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

February 1931: Kikugor˘ plays 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", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

March 1931: Kikugor˘ plays 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 are played by Onoe Baik˘ VI and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

July 1931: premiere in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the play "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri", written by Hasegawa Shin, in which Kikugor˘ plays the role of M˘hei; the role of Otsuta is played by Nakamura Fukusuke V [casting]. He also plays 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˘ plays the role of Nang˘ Rikimaru in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko", which is performed in the same theater.

February 1932: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Shizuka Gozen in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama", which is performed in the same theater. His stage partners are 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 are Nakamura Kichiemon I (Ob˘ Kichisa) and Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Oj˘ Kichisa).

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

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

May 1932: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Teraoka Heieomon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

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

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

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

July 1933: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Oiwa, Kohei and Naosuke at the Kabukiza in the famous ghost play "Yotsuya Kaidan".

September 1933: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the Nagauta-based ky˘gen "Takatsuki", which is adapted for Kabuki by Hisamatsu Issei (lyrics) and Kashiwa Izabur˘ (music) and performed by Kikugor˘ and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII.

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

December 1933: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi", which is performed at the Misonoza in Nagoya. His stage partners are Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane) and Onoe Ushinosuke IV (Ohisa).

January 1934: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Princess Yaegaki in the play "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which is performed at the Kabukiza. His stage partners are Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Katsuyori) and Onoe Baik˘ VI (Nureginu). Kikugor˘ plays also the role of Sakuramaru in the "Kurumabiki" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Matsu˘maru) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII (Ume˘maru).

April 1934: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama", which is performed at the Kabukiza. His stage partners are 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 the play "Kurayami no Ushimatsu", written by Hasegawa Shin, in which Kikugor˘ plays the role of Ushimatsu. His stage partners are Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Oyone), Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI (Shir˘bei) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okuma, Oima).

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

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

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

March ~ April 1935: the Kabukiza commemorates the 32nd anniversary of the death 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 take 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˘ plays the role of Ryűtatsu [more details]. He also plays the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Bunshichi Mottoi"; his stage partners are Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane) and Onoe Kikunosuke III (Ohisa).

November 1935: Kikugor˘ plays 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", in which Kikugor˘ plays the main roles.

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

April 1936: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Kabukiza. His stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘), Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Tonami) and Nakamura Baigyoku III (Chiyo).

May 1936: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the Kabukiza. He also plays the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri"; the role of Ishikawa Goemon is played by Nakamura Utaemon V.

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

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

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

June 1937: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘", which is performed at the Kabukiza. His stage partners are Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Katsuyori) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII (Nureginu).

November 1937: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of En'ya Hangan and Sadakur˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

May 1938: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Genz˘ in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Kabukiza. His stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru), Onoe Kikujir˘ IV (Tonami) and Sawamura Tossh˘ IV (Chiyo).

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

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

January 1939: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Kabukiza. His stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘), Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo) and Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Tonami).

March 1939: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the play "Shiranami Gonin Otoko", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

April 1939: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the ďsaka Kabukiza. His stage partners are the same as the January performance.

May 1939: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which is performed at the Kabukiza. the role of Otoku is played by Nakamura Baigyoku III.

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

April 1940: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which is performed at the ďsaka Kabukiza. The role of Otoku is played by Nakamura Baigyoku III.

October 1940: the Kabukiza commemorates the 6th anniversary of the death of Onoe Baik˘ VI. Kikugor˘ and his son Onoe Ukon (who takes the name of Onoe Kur˘emon II) play the roles of Soga Jűr˘ and Soga Gor˘ in the drama "Kotobuki Soga no Taimen".

January 1941: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

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

April 1941: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the Kabukiza.

June 1941: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which is performed at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘. His stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I (Gapp˘), Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Princess Asaka) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Shuntokumaru).

November 1941: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the "Shi-no-Kiri" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the Kabukiza. He also impersonates Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

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

April 1942: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi", which is performed at the Kabukiza. His stage partners are Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane) and Onoe Kikunosuke III (Ohisa).

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

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

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

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

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

December 1943: Kikugor˘ and Ichimura Uzaemon play together for the last time the roles of Kasane and Yoemon in the dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame", which is performed in the same theater. Kikugor˘ also plays the role of Yoshitsune in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; the roles of Benkei and Togashi are played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and Ichimura Uzaemon XV.

February 1944: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the "Sum˘ba" scene of the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which is performed at the Kabukiza. His stage partners are Ichimura Uzaemon XV (Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi, Yamazaki Yogor˘) and Onoe Kikunosuke III (the courtesan Azuma).

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

October 1944: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi", which is performed at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘. His stage partners are Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okane) and Onoe Kikunosuke III (Ohisa).

April 1945: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Igami no Gonta in the "Sushiya" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘.

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

May 1946: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Benten Koz˘ Kikunosuke in the drama "Shiranami Gonin Otoko", which is performed at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘.

October 1946: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama", which is performed at the ďsaka Kabukiza. His stage partners are Nakamura Baigyoku III (Shizuka Gozen) and Onoe Sh˘roku II (Hayami no T˘ta).

November 1946: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘", which is performed at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘. The courtesan Yűgiri is played by Nakamura Baigyoku III.

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

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

May 1947: Kikugor˘ plays 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", which is performed at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘.

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

October 1947: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Sat˘ Tadanobu in the michiyuki "Yoshinoyama", which is performed at the Yűrakuza. His stage partners are Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Shizuka Gozen) and Onoe Sh˘roku II (Hayami no T˘ta).

November 1947: Kikugor˘ plays the roles of Moron˘ and Hayano Kanpei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is performed at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘.

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

March 1948: Kikugor˘ plays the role of Sanemori in the "Sanemori Monogatari" scene of the play "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki", which is performed at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘.

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

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

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

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

March 1949: Kikugor˘ plays for the last time the main role of the dance "Fuji Musume" at the ďsaka Kabukiza.

April 1949: Kikugor˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, to play in the dramas "Terakoya" and "Kaga Tobi". He collapses at home the evening of the second day of the performance and has to be replaced.

Comments:

"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" (print made by Natori Shunsen 1929)

Print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai in 1903

Print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1950

The Onoe Ushinosuke line of actors

The Onoe Kikugor˘ line of actors

 
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