|SAWAMURA SďNOSUKE I|
Real name: It˘ Sanjir˘
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Ky˘en (literally "apricot garden")
Existence: 9 March 1886 ~ 8 April 1924
Father: Sawamura Tosshi VII
9 March 1886: born in the district of Asakusa Umamichi.
November 1900: S˘nosuke achieved a great success at the Shintomiza by playing the role of Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Miuranosuke were played by Sawamura Tosshi VII and Ichikawa Danz˘ VII.
September 1901: S˘nosuke became nadai and played at the Ichimuraza the difficult role of Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the role of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada was played by Nakamura Shikan V.
March 1903: S˘nosuke played at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; the roles of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada and Iwanaga Saemon Munetsura were played by Sawamura Tosshi VII and Seki Hanasuke II.
1909: S˘nosuke joined the Jiyű Gekij˘ troupe.
February 1922: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Shibahama no Kawazaifu", a drama adapted from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘. Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and S˘nosuke played the roles of Masagor˘ and Masagor˘'s wife Otatsu.
February 1922: S˘nosuke played at the Ichimuraza the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), ďtani Tomoemon VI (Matsu˘maru) and Ichikawa Kigan V (Tonami).
December 1922: S˘nosuke played at the Imperial Theater the role of Katsuyori in the "Jusshuk˘" scene of the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the roles of Princess Yaegaki and Nureginu were played by Nakamura Jakuemon III and Band˘ Shűch˘ III.
March 1924: S˘nosuke played at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the role of Nureginu in the "Jusshuk˘" scene of the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the roles of Princess Yaegaki and Katsuyori were played by Nakamura Jakuemon III and Nakamura Fukusuke IV.
1924: S˘nosuke joined the troupe led by Morita Kan'ya XIII.
8 April 1924: S˘nosuke suddenly collapsed on stage at the Yotsuya Daikokuza while he played the role of Osato in the drama "Tsubosaka".
Sawamura S˘nosuke I was a talented onnagata actor, who unfortunately died before reaching the peak of his promising career. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He was outstanding in Princess and had the chance in his short career to perform the sanhime roles. He was also a good nimaime. He did not confine himself to the Kabuki classics and took part in the creations of new dramas or the adaptation in Japanese of European modern dramas.
Sawamura S˘nosuke I playing the role of Umegawa in the drama "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai" (print made by Yamamura Toyonari in 1922)
The Sawamura S˘nosuke line of actors
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