SAWAMURA OTOEMON I

Stage name:

Sawamura Otoemon I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: 1687 ~ 4th day of the 11th lunar month of 1741 [1]

Connections:

Masters: Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I, Sawamura Kodenji I

Career:

1687 ~ 1710: born in Kamigata. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Sawamura Kodenji I, who gave him the name of Sawamura Otoemon I. Later on, he became disciple of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

Spring 1710: Otoemon performed in the drama "Keisei Chikubu Shima", which was produced in Ky˘to by Yamashita Kamenoj˘ I; his stage partners were Kataoka Nizaemon I and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1713: Otoemon played the role of Ageya Ch˘zaemon in the drama "Keisei Haru no Akebono", which was produced in Ky˘to by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and Sodesaki Karyű.

11th lunar month of 1712: Otoemon settled in ďsaka and played the role of Mikinoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Inari Daimy˘ Shintaku no Kamado", which was produced by the zamoto Mitsuyama Shichisabur˘ for the nadai Matsumoto Nazaemon.

11th lunar month of 1713: Otoemon achieved a great success by playing the role of Shikanoj˘ in the drama "ďminato Kogane no Izumi", which was produced by Yamamoto Hikogor˘ for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon.

11th lunar month of 1717: Otoemon played the role of Harada Kuranoj˘ in Sakakiyama Kansuke I's kaomise drama "ďmu Gaeshi Momotose Gitsune", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater; his stage partners were Shibazaki Rinzaemon I, Kirinami Takie, Yamada Jinpachi, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I, Katayama Kozaemon, Matsushima Moheiji, Band˘ Matajűr˘ I and Onoe Samon.

2nd lunar month of 1718: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Nihon Furisode Hajime", which was produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater; Otoemon played the role of Prince Mikumano [casting].

Fall 1718: Otoemon went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1718: Otoemon played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of the r˘nin Onosaka Daihachi in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Ch˘ja Bandaigura", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Sugiyama Kanzaemon III.

11th lunar month of 1720: Otoemon played at the Naka no Shibai the role of the koji Mannen in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Nishiki no Kusazuri", which was produced by the zamoto Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

11th lunar month of 1721: Otoemon achieved a great success by playing two roles in the kaomise drama "Onna Genji Musha Sugoroku", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II at the Naka no Shibai.

Spring 1722: Otoemon became jitsuaku.

11th lunar month of 1722: Otoemon played the role of Ichiy˘ Daizenmaru in the drama "Odori Hotei", which was produced by Takeshima K˘zaemon II at the Naka no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1723: Otoemon played the role of Tezuka Yasaemon in the kaomise "Kogane no Hanagata", which was produced by the zamoto Arashi San'emon III at the Kado no Shibai and celebrated the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo star ďtani Hiroji I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Otoemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. Premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Edoe Ukiyo Soga", an Edo-flavored new year drama; Otoemon played the role of Kud˘ Suketsune [casting].

11th lunar month of 1725: Otoemon became tachiyaku, moved to the ďnishi no Shibai and performed in the kaomise drama "Gokoku J˘ju Naniwa no Yakata", which was produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1726: Otoemon played in the same theater the role of the yakko Sadahachi in the drama "Sank˘ Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1726: Otoemon moved to the Naka no Shibai and played the role of Tottori Gen'emon in the kaomise drama "Hakoiri Daikoku Gane", which was produced by Kaneko Kichizaemon.

1st lunar month of 1727: Otoemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1727: Otoemon became zamoto, working with the nadai Matsumoto Nazaemon; he produced at the ďnishi no Shibai the kaomise drama "Watamashi Yatsumune Gura". His line-up included the actors Ogino Yaegiri I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘, Sugiyama Kanzaemon III and Imamura Shirojűr˘.

11th lunar month of 1728: Otoemon played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Kagokaki Tar˘bŕ in the kaomise drama "Kunkoku ďe no Kishi", which was produced by Sanogawa Hanazuma I.

Fall 1729: Otoemon went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1729: Otoemon played the role of Yamaoka Gonz˘ in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Shichigosan", which was produced by the zamoto Arashi Koroku I for the nadai Daikokuya Takenoj˘.

1st lunar month of 1730: Otoemon's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1730: Otoemon went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1730: Otoemon performed in the kaomise drama "Kunkoku ďe no K˘bai", which was produced by Asao Motogor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1731: Otoemon played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Chűgen Bansuke in the kaomise drama "Aioi Kikenj˘", which was produced by Arashi Kokuseki.

11th lunar month of 1732: Otoemon played the role of Fujioka Man'emon in the kaomise drama "Mitsu no Hama Kogane no Irie", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III at the Kado no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1733: the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was performed for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai; Otoemon played the roles of Minamoto no Yoritomo and Taira no Kagekiyo [casting].

11th lunar month of 1733: Otoemon moved to the Naka no Shibai and played the role of Shigaragi J˘nosuke in the kaomise drama "Genji Rokujűj˘", which was produced by the zamoto Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

24th day of the 1st lunar month of 1734 [2]: his master Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I died.

Fall 1735: Otoemon went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1735: Otoemon played at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of K˘suke in the kaomise drama "ďkamado Miyako no Ichigura", which was produced by Yamamoto Ky˘z˘.

12th lunar month of 1735: Otoemon played in the same theater the role of H˘j˘ Tatewaki in the kaomise drama "Onna Tokimasa Gunp˘ Hinagata".

11th lunar month of 1739: Otoemon played the role of ďuchi Kamon in the kaomise drama "Muromachi Dono Ch˘h˘ Denki", which was produced by Sanogawa Ichimatsu I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű; his stage partners were Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I (Nikki Danj˘), ďtani Hiroji I (Ise no Sabur˘) and Onoe Kikugor˘ I (Enju).

12th lunar month of 1740: Otoemon appeared on stage for the last time, at the Kado no Shibai, playing the role of Mochizuki Saemon in the drama "Katakiuchi Deguchi no Yanagi", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I. He fell ill and stopped acting.

4th day of the 11th lunar month of 1741 [1]: Otoemon died in ďsaka.

Comments:

Sawamura Otoemon I was an excellent tachiyaku and katakiyaku, who made a great career in Kamigata during the second half of the 18th century. He was endowed with a great voice and he was able to perfectly deliver his lines. Jitsuaku and jitsugotoshi roles were his forte.

[1] The 4th day of the 11th lunar month of the 1st year of the Kanp˘ era was the 11th of December 1741 in the western calendar.

[2] The 24th day of the 1st lunar month of the 19th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 27th of February 1734 in the western calendar.

Sawamura Otoemon I (left) and Asao Motogor˘ I (right) playing the roles of K˘suke and Okura in the kaomise drama "ďkamado Miyako no Ichigura", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1735 in Ky˘to

Prints & Illustrations

The Sawamura Otoemon line of actors

 
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