|SAWAMURA TANOSUKE VI|
Real name: Yamanaka Muneo
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Birthday: 4 August 1932
Father: Sawamura Shozan III
Brothers: Sawamura Yoshijir˘ V, Sawamura Rokur˘
January 1954: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of the Nagauta-based dance "Taimen Hana no Harukoma", which is entitled "Ataru Toshi Iwau Harukoma"; Yoshijir˘ plays the role of the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ [casting].
April 1964: Sawamura Yoshijir˘ IV and his father Sawamura Tanosuke V respectively take the names of Sawamura Tanosuke VI and Sawamura Shozan III at the Kabukiza. The new Tanosuke plays in the dramas "Yaguchi no Watashi", "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (ninth act) and "Yoritomo no Shi".
May 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Horikawa Nami no Tsuzumi" to commemorate the 249th anniversary (250th memorial service) of the playwright; Tanosuke plays the role of Gen'emon's wife Kikuno [casting].
January 1985: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Tanosuke plays the role of Shigetada's wife (and Kagekiyo's sister) Okushiba, later Ch˘sen [casting].
April 1986: Kabuki tour in South America [more details].
1988: tour in South Korea.
1995: tour in South-East Asia.
March 2001: Tanosuke plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Okaya in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the deaths of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.
January 2002: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharu Nagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since 11th lunar month of 1864; Tanosuke plays the roles of the courtesan Miyuki and the samurai Tsukimoto Enshű [casting].
June 2002: Tanosuke receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).
January 2014: premiere at the National Theatre of "Sanzen Ry˘ Haru no Komahiki", a revival of Tatsuoka Mansaku's 1794 drama "Keisei Haru no Tori"; Tanosuke plays the role of the Daitokuji jűshoku Tokuzen'in [more details].
Sawamura Tanosuke VI is an outstanding supporting onnagata and nimaime belonging to the Kinokuniya guild, who is particularly excellent in the roles of shrews and nuns. One of his best roles is Keijuin in the drama "Kinkakuji".
Sawamura Tanosuke VI playing the role of Onaka in the drama "Megumi no Kenka" in an illustration made by Sugimura Yoshikazu (1962~1998)
The Sawamura Yoshijir˘ line of actors
The Sawamura Tanosuke line of actors
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