BANDď KUNIGORď I

Stage name:

Band˘ Kunigor˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Awaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Blazon: Tachibana (the wood sorrel)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master/father-in-law: Band˘ Matakur˘ II

Brother: Band˘ Iwagor˘

Career:

Before 1743: dates of birth and death unknown. Born in ďsaka, he was the brother of Band˘ Iwagor˘. He settled in Edo where he became the disciple of Band˘ Matakur˘ II. He was a travelling actor for a while.

Fall 1743: Kunigor˘ settled in Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1743: he he became katakiyaku, playing in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater two villains roles in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri ďshimadai", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I. This was his first-recorded stage performance in Kamigata ˘shibai.

Summer 1749: successful tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1749: Kunigor˘ played the role of Banba no Chűta at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Fűryű Gosho Zakura", which was produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1750: Kunigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakamura Danz˘.

11th lunar month of 1754: Kunigor˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Tezuka Satoemon in the kaomise drama "Uda Genji Asahi no Menbako", which was produced by Wakayama Bunshichi.

11th lunar month of 1755: Kunigor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Chidori Hamaemon in the kaomise drama "Jidai Sewa Kogane no Hanazoroe", which was produced by Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1756: Kunigor˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Kugami Tanbŕ [picture] in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Daimatsu Kyokusuke Tanzen Ropp˘", which was produced by Daimatsu Kyokusuke.

11th lunar month of 1757: Kunigor˘ played the role of ďba Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Sakiwake Musha K˘bai no Tazuna", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II at the Naka no Shibai and celebrated the shűmei of Nakayama Raisuke I.

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; Kunigor˘ played the role of Taira no Kiyomori [casting].

Fall 1758: Kunigor˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1758: Kunigor˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of the shich˘ Tokusuke, in reality Awadaguchi T˘manoj˘, in the kaomise drama "Inari Yakata Irifune no Arashi", which is produced by Arashi Sangor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1759: Kunigor˘ played in the same theater the role of an evil osh˘ [picture] in Fujikawa Sanpachi's ni-no-kawari drama "Shima Gasane Keisei Zakura".

Fall 1759: Kunigor˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1759: Kunigor˘ performed at the Kado no Shibai in Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's kaomise drama "Saiwai Genji Ch˘kyű no Maki", which was produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I, celebrated the comeback in Kamigata of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and the shűmei of Arashi Koiz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1760: Kunigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1760: Kunigor˘ became jitsuaku and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Makinoshima Okuzaemon in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Toshitoku M˘de", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1761: Kunigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

9th lunar month of 1761: Kunigor˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sud˘ Kuhachir˘ in the drama "Onna Hinin Katakiuchi". This was most likely his last-recorded stage performance in ˘shibai. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Band˘ Kunigor˘ I was a popular ďsaka katakiyaku and jitsuaku actor, who was active in his native city from the end of the 1740s to the beginning of the 1760s. He was jitsuaku only for one season. He had a great stage presence and his k˘seki was highly-praised.

Band˘ Kunigor˘ I playing the role of ďba Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Sakiwake Musha K˘bai no Tazuna", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1757 at the Naka no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Band˘ Kunigor˘ line of actors

 
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