ÔTANI TOMOEMON I

Stage names:

Ôtani Tomoemon I
Ôtani Tomosaburô
Takeda Tomosaburô

Guilds: Yamashinaya, Ôsakaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Shiyû

Existence: 1744 ~ 16th day of the 8th lunar month of 1781

Connections:

Master: Ôtani Hirohachi I

Disciple: Ôtani Kuniji II, Ôtani Daihachi

Career:

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.

1st lunar month of 1767: Tomoemon's rank in the Kyôto hyôbanki, katakiyaku section, is jô-jô (superior - superior) [visual].

Fall 1769: Tomoemon goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1769: Tomoemon plays the role of Kasuya Tôta Arisue in the kaomise drama "Mutsu no Hana Ume no Kaomise", which is staged at the Ichimuraza.

1st lunar month of 1772: Tomoemon achieves a great success at the Ichimuraza by playing the roles of Sukune Tarô and Shiratayû in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

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.

1st lunar month of 1773: Tomoemon's rank in the Edo hyôbanki, jitsuaku section, is jô-jô-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

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 1778: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the play "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki"; Tomoemon plays the roles of Watanabe Rinzaemon and Kurosawa Kanzô [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.

Comments:

Ôtani Tomoemon I was a good jitsuaku and in his latter years oyajigata. He was also a talented shamisen player.

Ôtani Tomoemon I in a print made by Katsukawa Shunshô

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Katsukawa Shunshô

Print made by Katsukawa Shunshô

The Ôtani Tomoemon line of actors

 
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