|BANDď MITSUGORď VII|
Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)
Existence: 1882 ~ 4 November 1961
Father: Morita Kan'ya XII
Brother: Morita Kan'ya XIII
Sister: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ III
Dance masters: Fujima Kan'emon II, Hanayagi Katsujir˘
Adopted son: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII
October 1889: he made his first stage appearance, received the name of Band˘ Yasosuke II and performed at the Kiriza in the drama "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki".
July 1917: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the ky˘gen "Tachi Nusubito", adapted for Kabuki by Okamura Shik˘ with a musical accompaniment written by Kineya Mitar˘. Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI and Mitsugor˘ played the 3 roles of the dance.
November 1920: Mitsugor˘ played at the Nihon Gekij˘ (K˘be) and at the Misonoza (Nagoya, from the 12th of the month) the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.
1921: Mitsugor˘ left the Ichimuraza.
February 1922: revival at the Imperial Theater of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuki no Kao Monaka no Natorigusa", which was entitled "Oniji Hy˘shimai"; Mitsugor˘ played the role of Osada Tar˘ [more details].
January 1924: Mitsugor˘ played at the Minamiza (Ky˘to) and at the Misonoza (Nagoya, from the 18th of the month) the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the "Jinmon" and "Kumiuchi" scenes of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"; the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.
May 1926: Mitsugor˘ played the role of Abe no Munet˘ in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which was performed at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza; his stage partners were Ichikawa Chűsha VII (Abe no Sadat˘), Band˘ Shűch˘ III (Sodehagi) and Ichimura Kamez˘ III (Yoshiie).
September 1933: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the Nagauta-based ky˘gen "Takatsuki", which was adapted for Kabuki by Hisamatsu Issei (lyrics) and Kashiwa Izabur˘ (music) and performed by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Mitsugor˘.
January 1940: Mitsugor˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in the "Yuka Shita" scene of the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Nikki Danj˘ was played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII.
September 1957: Mitsugor˘ collapsed on the Kabukiza stage while performing in the dance-drama "Kanzan Jittoku". This was his last performance.
4 November 1961: Mitsugor˘ died in T˘ky˘.
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII was an excellent dancer, nicknamed "The God of Dance" ("Odori no Kamisama" in Japanese) and stage partner of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI in great dances like the 2 famous ky˘gen "Migawari Zazen" (premiered at the Ichimuraza in 1910) and "B˘ Shibari" (premiered at the Ichimuraza in 1916). Aragoto was another of his fields of excellence.
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII's best roles : Tadanobu ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), Kisen ("Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori"), Soga Gor˘ Tokimune ("Kotobuki Soga no Taimen" and "Ya-no-Ne"), the leading roles of the dances "Yasuna", "Chatsubo", "Kurama Jishi", "Sanja Matsuri", "Kairaishi", "Tomo Yakko" and "Tanemaki Sanbas˘".
Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII in a yakko role in a print made by Natori Shunsen
The Band˘ Yasosuke line of actors
The Band˘ Mitsugor˘ line of actors
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