|ICHIMURA UZAEMON IX|
Ichimura Uzaemon IX
Other name: Ichimura Kakitsu I
Guilds: Tachibanaya, Kikuya
Line number: KUDAIME (IX)
Poetry name: Kakitsu (1)
Existence: 1725 ~ 25th day of the 8th lunar month of 1785
Father: Ichimura Uzaemon VIII
Brothers: Ichimura Zenz˘, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III
Son: Ichimura Uzaemon X
7th lunar month of 1731: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Ichimuraza, where he receives the name of Ichimura Manz˘ a play a child role in the drama "ďzum˘ Fujito Genji".
2nd lunar month of 1745: he is forced to change his first name because it is like the first name of the Sh˘gun's new son; Ichimura Manz˘ takes the name of Ichimura Kamez˘ I at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Sato Gayoi Fujimi Saigy˘".
1761: short tour in Ise and in Kamigata.
7th day of the 5th lunar month of 1762: his father Ichimura Uzaemon VIII dies.
2nd lunar month of 1763: Uzaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Fűjibumi Sakae Soga"; the roles of the courtesans ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover) and Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) are played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ II.
11th lunar month of 1768: Uzaemon plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Minamoto Yoshiie in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Yunzei Kurabe". This is also the premiere of the dance "Oshiegusa Yoshiwara Suzume", the first version of "Yoshiwara Suzume" [more details].
11th lunar month of 1772: Uzaemon plays at the Ichimuraza 4 roles, including Minamoto Yorimitsu, in the kaomise drama "Edo Katagi Hikeya Tsunazaka", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danzabur˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1777: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the Tomimoto-based dance-drama "Meotozake Kawaranu Nakanaka" (commonly called "Kurama Jishi"); Uzaemon plays the role of the male fox [casting].
1st lunar month of 1784: last program produced by Uzaemon at the Ichimuraza; the debt of the theater is huge (around 164,400 ry˘) and the Ichimuraza goes bankrupt. Uzaemon transfers his license for Kabuki performances to his hikae yagura, the Kiriza.
2nd ~ 4th lunar months of 1785: Uzaemon appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Mitsu Ningy˘ Yayoi no Hinagata". He dies a few months later, the 25th of the 8th lunar month of 1785.
Ichimura Uzaemon IX was a talented tachiyaku actor, excelling in hengemono and sogamono. He was also the zamoto of the Ichimuraza for 22 years. He inherited a huge debt from his father and did not hesitate to get deeper into debt in order to engage the best Edo actors. Crippled by this heavy burden, he suffered great hardship during his latter years and could not avoid to go bankrupt.
The Ichimura Kamez˘ line of actors
The Ichimura Uzaemon line of actors and theater managers
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