|SAWAMURA OTOEMON I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1687 ~ 4th day of the 11th lunar month of 1741
11th lunar month of 1712: Otoemon settles in ďsaka and takes part in the kaomise produced by the zamoto Mitsuyama Shichisabur˘ for the nadai Matsumoto Nazaemon; he plays the role of Mikinoj˘ in the drama "Inari Daimy˘ Shintaku no Kamado".
11th lunar month of 1713: Otoemon achieves a great success by playing the role of Shikanoj˘ in the drama "ďminato Kogane no Izumi", which is produced by Yamamoto Hikogor˘ for the nadai ďsaka Kuzaemon.
11th lunar month of 1717: Otoemon goes back to Ky˘to and becomes katakiyaku; he plays the role of the villain Harata Kuranoj˘ in the kaomise drama "ďmu Gaeshi Momotose Gitsune", which is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű; his stage partners are Shibazaki Rinzaemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Sakakiyama Koshir˘ I, Onoe Samon, Kirinami Takie and Band˘ Matajűr˘ I.
2nd lunar month of 1718: First Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Nihon Furisode Hajime", which is produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater; Otoemon plays the role of Prince Mikumano [casting].
11th lunar month of 1718: Otoemon goes back to ďsaka; and plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Onozaka Daihachi in the kaomise drama "Suehiro Ch˘ja Bandaigura", which is produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Sugiyama Kanzaemon III.
Spring 1722: Otoemon becomes jitsuaku.
11th lunar month of 1723: Otoemon plays the role of Tezuka Yasaemon in the kaomise "Kogane no Hanagata", which is produced by the zamoto Arashi San'emon III at the Kado no Shibai and celebrates 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, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). Premiere at the Kado no Shibai of "Edoe Ukiyo Soga", an Edo-flavored new year drama; Otoemon plays the role of Kud˘ Suketsune [casting].
11th lunar month of 1725: Otoemon becomes tachiyaku, moves to the ďnishi no Shibai and plays in the kaomise drama "Gokoku J˘ju Naniwa no Yakata", which is produced by the zamoto Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ I.
2nd lunar month of 1726: Otoemon plays in the same theater the role of the yakko Sadahachi in the drama "Sank˘ Taiheiki".
11th lunar month of 1727: Otoemon becomes zamoto, working with the nadai Matsumoto Nazaemon. He produces at the ďnishi no Shibai the kaomise drama "Watamashi Yatsumune Gura". His line-up includes the actors Ogino Yaegiri I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘, Sugiyama Kanzaemon III and Imamura Shirojűr˘.
11th lunar month of 1729: Otoemon goes back to Ky˘to and takes part in the kaomise produced by the nadai Daikokuya Takenoj˘ and the zamoto Arashi Koroku I; Otoemon plays the role of Yamaoka Gonz˘ in the drama "Yomeiri Shichigosan".
3rd lunar month of 1733: the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai; Otoemon plays the roles of Minamoto no Yoritomo and Taira no Kagekiyo [casting].
Fall 1735: Otoemon goes to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1739: Otoemon plays the role of ďuchi Kamon in the kaomise drama "Muromachi Dono Ch˘h˘ Denki", which is produced by Sanogawa Ichimatsu I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű; his stage partners are Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I (Nikki Danj˘), ďtani Hiroji I (Ise no Sabur˘) and Onoe Kikugor˘ I (Enju).
12th lunar month of 1740: Otoemon appears 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 is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I. He suddenly falls ill and dies in ďsaka in the 11th lunar month of 1741.
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.
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
The Sawamura Otoemon line of actors
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