BANDď IWAGORď

Stage names:

Band˘ Iwagor˘ In Japanese
Band˘ T˘gor˘ In Japanese
Band˘ Kunisabur˘ In Japanese

Guilds: Awaya, Kamiya, Kameya

Poetry name: Ganshi

Existence: 1732 ~ 17th day of the 8th lunar month of 1795 [1]

Connection:

Master: Band˘ Matakur˘ II

Brother: Band˘ Kunigor˘ I

Adopted son: Band˘ Jutar˘ I

Disciple: Band˘ Kunigor˘ II (?)

Career:

1732: born in ďsaka. He was considered as a disciple of Band˘ Matakur˘ II but he was effectively trained by his elder brother Band˘ Kunigor˘ I.

19th day of the 6th lunar month of 1734 [2]: his master Band˘ Matakur˘ II died.

1740s ~ 1750s: he took the name of Band˘ T˘gor˘ at an unknown date and performed in hama shibai or in travelling troupes (tabi shibai).

11th lunar month of 1756: he makes his debut in ˘shibai, took the name of Band˘ Iwagor˘ and performed as a katakiyaku, playing the role of Nikuminosuke [picture] at the ďnishi no Shibai in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Daimatsu Kyokusuke Tanzen Ropp˘", which was produced by Daimatsu Kyokusuke.

1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5-act maruhonmono drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi" in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Iwagor˘ played the roles of Miyamatsu Kiz˘ and Osada no Sh˘ji [casting].

5th lunar month of 1762: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Koi Hakke Hashira Goyomi", which was a revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi"; Iwagor˘ played the role of the bant˘ Sukeemon [more details].

9th lunar month of 1764: premiŔre in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I. A similar play was staged one day before under a different title, "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Kado no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai was more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Iwagor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Togiyaru Gonpachi and Kamura Utaemon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1767: Iwagor˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in Tenmaya Kyűshichi's kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Maizuru ďgi"; his stage partners were Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Mimasu Daigor˘ I, Nakamura Kichiemon I, Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I, Arashi Kichisabur˘ I, Fujimatsu Sanjűr˘, Nakamura Noshio I, Somegawa Konobŕ I, Anegawa Daikichi I and Nakamura Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1771: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; Iwagor˘ played the role of Yamana Tomoenoj˘ [casting].

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Iwagor˘ played the role of the imperial prince Koretaka [more details].

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere of Namiki Gohachi's drama "Tenmangű Natane no Gokű", co-written with Nakamura Akei and Tatsuoka Mansaku, which was staged at the Kado no Shibai; Iwagor˘ played the role of Taira no Mareyo [casting].

11th lunar month of 1777: Iwagor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sachűben Mareyo in the kaomise drama "Daijizai Kaminari no Kodakara", which was produced by Ichiyama Tajir˘, celebrated the shűmei of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV and welcomed back in ďsaka Arashi Sangor˘ II after 3 and 7 seasons spent in Ky˘to and Edo.

12th lunar month of 1777: Iwagor˘ played in the same theater the role of Mikenjaku Monpei [picture] in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Su˘ no Dairi".

9th lunar month of 1778: Iwagor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Shihei and Shund˘ Genba in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was produced by the zamoto Ichiyama Tajir˘; his stage partners were Nakamura Utaemon I (Matsu˘maru), Arashi Kichisabur˘ I (Shiratayű, Genz˘, Terukuni), Yamashita Kamenoj˘ IV (Tatsuta, Haru), Sawamura Kunitar˘ I (Tonami, Kakuju, Yae), Arashi Shichisabur˘ II (Ume˘maru), Nakamura Jiroza II (Hy˘ei, Mareyo), Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (Kan Sh˘j˘, Chiyo) and Arashi Sangor˘ II (Sakuramaru).

12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura" [casting]. A similar play was staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up was open between the 2 theaters; Iwagor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sat˘ Motoemon [casting].

1st lunar month of 1782: Iwagor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

9th lunar month of 1783: the play "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Iwagor˘ played the roles of the yakko Sukehei and Sakurada Rinzaemon [casting].

1st lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi"; Iwagor˘ played the roles of Kiky˘ya Saibŕ and Hayashi Kenmotsu [casting].

5th lunar month of 1784: the play "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami", which was originally written in the 10th lunar month of 1776 by Suga Sensuke for the puppet theater, was adapted for Kabuki for the first time by Namiki Gohŕ, and staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai; Iwagor˘ played the roles of S˘bŕ and Hansai [casting].

11th lunar month of 1786: Iwagor˘ became zamoto and produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Neko Shakky˘ Fűki no Hanabusa".

3rd lunar month of 1787: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Taik˘ Shinkenki", a play similar to "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" which was produced by Iwagor˘; Iwagor˘ played the role of Onoemon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1791: he was supposed to perform at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise program but he fell ill and had to retire.

1792: he settled near the Honkakuji Temple in the district of Nakaderamachi (ďsaka).

17th day of the 8th lunar month of 1795 [1]: Iwagor˘ died in ďsaka [3].

Comments:

Band˘ Iwagor˘ was an ďsaka actor, who made most of his career during the second half of the 18th century in his native city. He was specialized in katakiyaku or jitsuaku roles and was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He was tall and became the t˘dori of the Kado no Shibai a few years before his death.

[1] The 17th day of the 8th lunar month of the 7th year of the Kansei era was the 29th of September 1795 in the western calendar.

[2] The 19th day of the 6th lunar month of the 19th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 19th of July 1734 in the western calendar.

[3] His tombstone was located in the cemetery of the Honkakuji Temple.

The actors Mimasu Tokujir˘ I (left) and Band˘ Iwagor˘ (right) playing the roles of Kaoyo Gozen and K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1775 at the Naka no Shibai

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