NAKAMURA KIYOSABURď I

Stage names:

Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I In Japanese
Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ In Japanese

Other name: Nakamura Kiyosa

Guild: Iseya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Bunji (?), Kagy˘

Existence: 1721 ~ 18th day of the 6th lunar month of 1777

Connection:

Father: Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I's disciple Sakakiyama Yosojűr˘

Master: Nakamura Shingor˘ I

Brother: Nakamura Matsubŕ I

Son (or adopted son?): Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ II

Disciples: Nakamura Gonz˘ I, Nakamura Ch˘nosuke, Nakamura Matsubŕ II, Nakamura Shirogor˘ III

Career:

1721 ~ 1732: born in Kamigata. He starts his career at an early age with his younger brother as disciples of the actor Nakamura Shingor˘ I. He receives the name of Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1732: he performs as an iroko in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Hayazaki Kogane no Hanabusa"; his stage partners are Ichiyama Sukegor˘ I, Arashi Kanshir˘ I, Fujioka Daikichi, Somenoi Hanshir˘, Matsushima Moheiji, Kirinami Takie, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Shinozuka Kazaemon and Arashi Koroku I.

11th lunar month of 1734: Kiyosabur˘ plays in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Oyayuzuri Kogane no Katokugura"; he starts to use an alternative writing for his first name:

Official writing Alternative writing
喜代三郎 喜世三郎

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5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Gassen" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kiyosabur˘ plays the role of Princess Emon [more details].

11th lunar month of 1744: Kiyosabur˘ becomes zamoto and produces in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the kaomise drama "Hakataori Imose no Karanishiki"; his stage partners are Fujioka Daikichi, Tamiya Shirogor˘, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, Sawamura Ch˘shir˘, Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I, Mihogi Gizaemon I, Nakamura Danz˘, Tatsuoka Hisagiku, Sanogawa Hanazuma II, Sakakiyama Danshir˘ I, Takenaka Heikichi, Ikushima Kashiwagi I, Nakamura Matsubŕ I and Fujioka Gengor˘.

1st lunar month of 1745: Kiyosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

8th lunar month of 1745: first Kabuki adaptation of Namiki Senryű I, Miyoshi Sh˘raku and Takeda Koizumo puppet theater drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which is produced by Kiyosabur˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Kiyosabur˘ plays the role of Okaji [more details].

11th lunar month of 1745: Kiyosabur˘ produces in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater (the Kitagawa no Shibai) the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Manzairaku"; the leading star of this program is Anegawa Shinshir˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1746: Kiyosabur˘ produces in the same theater the new year drama "Keisei Senri-ga-Kane", in which he plays the role of the courtesan T˘yama (this drama is similar to Chikamatsu Monzaemon's "Keisei Hangonk˘").

9th lunar month of 1746: first Kabuki adaptation of Takeda Izumo I, Miyoshi Sh˘raku, Namiki Senryű I and Takeda Koizumo puppet theater drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is produced by Kiyosabur˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater (the Kitagawa no Shibai); Kiyosabur˘ plays the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae and an unidentified one [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Kiyosabur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Oriku in the kaomise drama "Teikin ďrai Manzoku Kagami", which celebrates the shűmei of Sakakiyama Koshir˘ II and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

Fall 1749: Kiyosabur˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1749: Kiyosabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Yoritomo Gunbai Kagami".

22nd day of the 12th lunar month of 1749: his younger brother Nakamura Matsubŕ I dies in ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1750: Kiyosabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yaoya Oshichi in the new year drama "Kay˘kami Chidori Soga".

1st lunar month of 1751: Kiyosabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1752: Kiyosabur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1752: the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" is staged for the first time in ďsaka, as a kaomise drama, at the Naka no Shibai; Kiyosabur˘ plays the role of Sugawaradayű [casting].

1st lunar month of 1753: Kiyosabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1753: Kiyosabur˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1753: Kiyosabur˘ plays the role of the courtesan Utamachi at Miyako Handayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Hade Musume Bandachi Yakata", which is produced by Yamashita Ugenta II and celebrates the shűmei of Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1754: Kiyosabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1754: Kiyosabur˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1754: Kiyosabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of the courtesan Takasago and the tea-house girl Oroku in the kaomise program "Keisei Asakusa no Kane".

Fall 1758: Kiyosabur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1758: Kiyosabur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Arigatashi Fujiwara Keizu".

12th lunar month of 1758: Kiyosabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Genpachi's wife Mifune and Genpachi's daughter Ofune in the drama "Sanjukkoku Yobune no Hajimari"; the role of Genpachi is played by Nakayama Bunshichi I.

4th lunar month of 1759: Kiyosabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Princess Yuki in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and Konoshita T˘kichi are played by Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Nakayama Bunshichi I.

Fall 1759: Kiyosabur˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1759: Kiyosabur˘ plays the role of Ofude in the kaomise program "H˘nen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I at the Minamigawa no Shibai; this program also celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II and Matsuya Shinjűr˘.

5th lunar month of 1760: Kiyosabur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ohatsu in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Sonezaki Shinjű"; the role of Hiranoya Tokubŕ is played by Arashi Sangor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1761: he takes back the name of Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, playing the role of Hy˘gonoshin's spouse Takemachi in the kaomise drama "Hitomaru Banzei no Utena", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘ at the Minamigawa no Shibai; the role of Hasebe Hy˘gonoshin is played by Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1762: Kiyosabur˘ plays in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taihei Kogane no Kurairi", which is produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1763: Kiyosabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Osono and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1764: Kiyosabur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

1st lunar month of 1767: Kiyosabur˘ is the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors in the Ky˘to hy˘banki.

Fall 1769: Kiyosabur˘ goes to Edo with Onoe Kikugor˘ I, ďtani Tomoemon I and Onoe Tamiz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1769: Kiyosabur˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Tadanobu's wife in the kaomise program "Mutsu no Hana Ume no Kaomise"; the role of Tadanobu is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

6th lunar month of 1770: Kiyosabur˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Sagami and the courtesan Sugawaradayű in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

9th lunar month of 1771: Kiyosabur˘ appears on stage for the last time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza, where he plays the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

Fall 1771: Kiyosabur˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1771: Kiyosabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Temomutsumajiya Ryűgű no Shimadai", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Otojűr˘, Arashi Bungor˘ I and Arashi Shichisabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1772: Kiyosabur˘ moves to the Kado no Shibai and plays in the kaomise drama "Hi-no-Moto Banzei no H˘rai". From the 25th of the 11th lunar month, he plays the role of Matsu˘maru's wife Chiyo in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the role of Matsu˘maru is played by Nakayama Raisuke I.

11th lunar month of 1774: Kiyosabur˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Osawa and xxx in the drama "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi".

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Kiyosabur˘ plays the role of Tsunokuni no Onami [more details].

12th lunar month of 1775: Kiyosabur˘ plays at the Higashi no Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Osono and Kanpei in the drama "Suki Utsushi Iroha Butai", whose plot and characters are similar to "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Fall 1776: Kiyosabur˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1776: Kiyosabur˘ appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to, playing the role of Ise no Sabur˘'s wife Oshizu in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Gura Manp˘ no Irifune".

18th day of the 6th lunar month of 1777: Kiyosabur˘ dies in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I was a talented onnagata actor, who made his career from the Ky˘h˘ to the An'ei eras. He excelled in chivalrous women or keisei roles in sewamono dramas. This Kamigata actor was popular not only in Ky˘to or ďsaka, but also in Edo, where he made 3 successful long stays. He reached the honorific j˘-j˘-kichi rank in 1751 and stayed at this level of fame up to his death in 1777.

Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I in a print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ in 1770

The Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ line of actors

 
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