NAKAMURA KIYOSABURď I

Stage names:

Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I In Japanese
Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ In Japanese

Other name:

Nakamura Kiyosa In Japanese

Guild: Iseya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Bunji, Kagy˘

Existence: 1721 ~ 18th day of the 6th lunar month of 1777 [1]

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

Career:

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

11th lunar month of 1732: Kiyosabur˘ performed as an iroko in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Hayazaki Kogane no Hanabusa"; his stage partners were 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˘ performed in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Oyayuzuri Kogane no Katokugura"; he started 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 Kassen" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Kiyosabur˘ played the role of Princess Emon [more details].

11th lunar month of 1744: Kiyosabur˘ became zamoto and produced in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the kaomise drama "Hakata Ori Imose no Karanishiki"; his stage partners were 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, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

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 was produced by Kiyosabur˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater; Kiyosabur˘ played the role of Okaji [more details].

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

1st lunar month of 1746: Kiyosabur˘ produced in the same theater the new year drama "Keisei Senri-ga-Kane", in which he played the role of the courtesan T˘yama (this drama was 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 was produced by Kiyosabur˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater (the Kitagawa no Shibai); Kiyosabur˘ played the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae and an unidentified one [casting].

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

Fall 1749: Kiyosabur˘ went to Edo.

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

22nd day of the 12th lunar month of 1749 [2]: his younger brother Nakamura Matsubŕ I died in ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1750: Kiyosabur˘ played 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, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

Fall 1752: Kiyosabur˘ went to ďsaka.

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

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

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

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

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

Fall 1754: Kiyosabur˘ went to Edo.

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

Fall 1758: Kiyosabur˘ went to ďsaka.

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

12th lunar month of 1758: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's ni-no-kawari drama "Sanjikkoku Yofune no Hajimari"; for the very first time in Kabuki history, a mawari-butai, invented by Namiki Sh˘z˘ I, was built and used on the stage of a theater [more details]; Kiyosabur˘ played the roles of Genpachi's ny˘b˘ Mifune and Mifune's younger sister Ofune.

4th lunar month of 1759: Kiyosabur˘ played 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 were played by Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Nakayama Bunshichi I.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1767: Kiyosabur˘ played in Ky˘to at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of the koshimoto Midori [illustration] in the kaomise drama "Shinchoku Fukki no Kanatoko", which was produced by Ichiyama Sukegor˘ III and celebrated the shűmei of Sakakiyama Koshir˘ IV and Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ IV.

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

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

6th lunar month of 1770: Kiyosabur˘ played 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˘ appeared on stage for the last time in Edo, where he played at the Ichimuraza the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

Fall 1771: Kiyosabur˘ went to ďsaka.

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

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

11th lunar month of 1774: Kiyosabur˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai 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˘ played the role of Tsunokuni no Onami [more details].

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

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

11th lunar month of 1776: Kiyosabur˘ appeared 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 [1]: Kiyosabur˘ died 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.

[1] The 18th day of the 6th lunar month of the 6th year of the An'ei era was the 22nd of July 1777 in the western calendar.

[2] The 22nd day of the 12th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kan'en era was the 29th of January 1750 in the western calendar.

The Actors Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I as Matsuyama and Ichimura Kamez˘ I as Wan'ya Kyűbŕ in the play "Yoritomo Gunbai Kagami," performed at the Ichimura Theater in the eleventh month, 1749
Artist: Ishikawa Toyonobu
Date: 1749
The Art Institute of Chicago (print in the public domain)

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ line of actors

 
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