|ÔTANI TOMOEMON I|
Ôtani Tomoemon I
Guilds: Yamashinaya, Ôsakaya
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Shiyû
Existence: 1744 ~ 16th day of the 8th lunar month of 1781
Master: Ôtani Hirohachi I
Disciple: Ôtani Kuniji II, Ôtani Daihachi
1744: born in Ôsaka.
1763: he becomes disciple of the actor Ôtani Hirohachi I and receives the name of Ôtani Tomosaburô.
11th lunar month of 1765: Ôtani Tomosaburô takes the name of Ôtani Tomoemon I in Kyôto, playing in the kaomise drama "Kachidoki Asahi no Ôgi", which is produced by Ichiyama Sukegorô II and Yamashita Kyônosuke at the Minamigawa no Shibai and welcomes in Kyôto the Edo actor Ichikawa Danzô III.
Fall 1769: Tomoemon goes to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1772: Tomoemon moves to the Nakamuraza, becomes jitsuaku and plays in the kaomise drama "Ôyoroi Ebidô Shinozuka", which celebrates the shûmei of Ichikawa Ebizô III, Matsumoto Kôshirô IV and Ichikawa Komazô III.
3rd lunar month of 1776: first Kabuki adaptation of Matsu Kanshi's puppet theater drama "Koi Musume Mukashi Hachijô", which is staged at the Nakamuraza; Tomoemon plays the role of the tedai Jôhachi [casting].
7th lunar month of 1781: Tomoemon appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Uzura Gonbê in the drama "Muromachi Dono Eiga Butai". He falls suddenly ill and dies the 16th day of the 8th lunar month of 1781.
Ôtani Tomoemon I in a print made by Katsukawa Shunshô
The Ôtani Tomoemon line of actors
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