|SUKETAKAYA TAKASUKE II|
Suketakaya Takasuke II
Other name: Ichikawa Chűsha III
Guilds: Kinokuniya , Tachibanaya (Yaoz˘ years)
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: K˘ga, Chűsha (3)
Father: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II
Brother: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III
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 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].
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].
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.
11th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Sakurada Jisuke II kaomise drama "Misao no Hana Toba no Koizuka", which celebrates the shűmei of Onoe Sh˘roku I and Onoe Matsusuke II; Takasuke plays the roles of Minamoto no Yorimasa, the ashigaru Hasehei (in reality Hasebe Ch˘bŕ Nobutsura), Awa Minbu Shigeyoshi and the j˘gashiya Kuchitori no Yoshir˘ [more details].
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].
1st lunar month of 1816: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Nazoraete Fujigane Soga"; Takasuke plays the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Mank˘ (the mother of the Soga Brothers) [casting].
6th lunar month of 1817: premiere in ˘shibai of the puppet drama "Hana no Ueno Homare no Ishibumi", which was staged in Edo at the Kiriza; Takasuke plays the role of Tsuchiya Naiki [more details]. This is his last performance in Edo.
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.
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.
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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