SUKETAKAYA TAKASUKE II

Stage names:

Suketakaya Takasuke II
Suketakaya Shirogor˘
Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III
Segawa Yűjir˘ I
Sawamura Shirogor˘ I
Sawamura Kinpei I

Other name: Ichikawa Chűsha III

Guilds: Kinokuniya , Tachibanaya (Yaoz˘ years)

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: K˘ga, Chűsha (3)

Existence: 1747 ~ 13th day of the 12th lunar month of 1818 [1]

Connection:

Father: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II

Brother: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III

Masters: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Segawa Kikunoj˘ II

Career:

Spring 1760: first appearance on stage, at the Nakamuraza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Kinpei I and plays in the new year drama "Katachi-ni Kage Masakado Soga".

11th lunar month of 1767: Sawamura Kinpei I takes the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ I at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Nue Shiged˘ Sakiwake Yűsha".

11th lunar month of 1769: he becomes disciple of the onnagata actor Segawa Kikunoj˘ II, who gives him the name of Segawa Yűjir˘ I. They play together at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kawaranu Hanasakae Hachinoki".

11th lunar month of 1777: he takes back the name of Sawamura Shirogor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1779: he becomes disciple of the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III; they play together at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Uta Kurabe T˘sei Moy˘".

4th lunar month of 1780: first Kabuki adaptation of Utei Enba, Kij˘ Tar˘ and Y˘ Y˘dai puppet theater drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which is produced in Edo at the Moritaza; Yaoz˘ plays the roles of the yakko Datesuke and Shinobu [casting].

1780: tour in Echigo with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and ďtani Hiroji III.

1st lunar month of 1791: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which is performed at the end of the new year program "Haru no Sekai Nigiwai Soga"; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune [casting].

6th lunar month of 1795: the play "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kiriza; Yaoz˘ plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki [casting]. He also plays the role of Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima". His stage partners are Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I (Chidori), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI (Tanzaemon) and Yamatoyama Tomoemon (Senoo Tar˘).

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Yaoz˘ plays the roles of Rokusuke and Kinugawa Yasozaemon in the latter theater [casting].

1st lunar month of 1798: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of Namiki Gohei I's play "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", commonly called "Ninin Shinbŕ", in which Yaoz˘ plays the role of Tamaya Shinbŕ [casting].

8th lunar month of 1803: Yaoz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Tadanobu, the fox Genkur˘ , Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1804: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III takes the name of Suketakaya Takasuke II at the Ichimuraza, playing 3 roles in the kaomise drama "Mishi Tamadare Yuki no Furusato", which also celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Takinosuke and Kiriyama Monji III..

1806: Suketakaya Takasuke II takes the name of Suketakaya Shirogor˘.

1808: Suketakaya Shirogor˘ takes back the name of Suketakaya Takasuke II.

3rd lunar month of 1810: Takasuke plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri"; the role of Ishikawa Goemon is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V.

5th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; Takasuke plays the roles of Kagamiyama Toshiyuki, Takahashi Sezaemon and the cook Sukehachi [casting].

6th lunar month of 1817: last performance in Edo for Takasuke; he plays at the Kiriza in the drama "Hana no Ueno Homare no Ishibumi".

7th lunar month of 1817 ~ 11th lunar month of 1818: Takasuke goes on tour.

12th lunar month of 1818: Takasuke suddenly dies while performing in the city of Fukushima.

Comments:

Suketakaya Takasuke II was a talented actor, trained by very different masters, like Segawa Kikunoj˘ II, the best Edo onnagata, or Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, the master of aragoto. Wajitsu was his field of excellence.

[1] The 13th day of the 12th lunar month of the 1st year of the Bunsei era was the 8th of January 1819 in the western calendar.

Suketakaya Takasuke II playing the role of Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1814 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Prints & Illustrations

4 faces

Print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1774

Print made by Katsukawa Shun'ei (1793~1794)

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1795

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1796

Print made by Katsukawa Shunk˘ around 1800

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1814

The Ichikawa Chűsha line of actors

The Sawamura Kinpei line of actors

The Sawamura Shirogor˘ line of actors

The Segawa Yűjir˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors

The Suketakaya Takasuke line of actors

 
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