|ďTANI TOMOEMON VI|
ďtani Tomoemon VI
Real name: Aoki Yaetar˘
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Existence: June 1886 ~ 1 September 1943
Father: Nakamura Sagisuke II
Master: Nakamura Utaemon V
Brother: Nakamura Fukunoj˘
Son: Nakamura Jakuemon IV
Grandsons: ďtani Tomoemon VIII, Nakamura Jakuemon V
Great-grandsons: ďtani Hirotar˘ III, ďtani Hiromatsu II
Disciples: ďtani Monjir˘, ďtani Hiroz˘, ďtani Tomokichi, ďtani Tomosabur˘
1886: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Asakusa.
1891: he appears on stage for the first time, as a disciple of Nakamura Fukusuke IV, playing at the Asakusaza under the name of Nakamura Kanbei.
November 1898: Nakamura Kanbei takes the name of Nakamura Omocha at the Shintomiza, playing the role of Katsuyori in the drama "Keisei Awa no Naruto".
June 1902: Nakamura Omocha takes the name of Nakamura Komasuke at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Toyotomi Tenka Bunroku Monogatari".
November 1911: Nakamura Komasuke takes the name of Nakamura T˘z˘ V at the Kabukiza, playing in the drama "Kamakura Bushi Kagami".
September 1914: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Furukawa Shinsui's drama "Ansei Kibun Tsukuda no Yoarashi"; T˘z˘ plays the roles of J˘shűya Gohŕ and B˘ji no Heigor˘ [more details].
April 1920: Nakamura T˘z˘ V takes the prestigious name of ďtani Tomoemon VI, which was unused for almost half a century.
September 1921: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Yamamoto Yűz˘'s drama "Sakazaki Dewa-no-Kami"; Tomoemon plays the roles of Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Sakazaki kashin Miyake S˘bŕ [more details].
February 1922: Tomoemon plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Matsu˘maru in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Chiyo) and Ichikawa Kigan V (Tonami).
February 1923: premiere with a Kabuki casting at the Ichimuraza of Suzuki Senzabur˘'s ninj˘mono drama "Jirokichi Zange"; Tomoemon plays the role of the kashihon'ya Naokichi [more details].
April 1926: Tomoemon plays at the Hong˘za the roles of Moron˘ and Sadakur˘ in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
October 1927: revival at the Hong˘za of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "Kiyomizudera Azuma Bunsh˘", which has not been staged since 3rd lunar month of 1817; Tomoemon plays the roles of Tsurigane no Gonsuke and Shinobu no S˘ta [casting].
March 1928: premiere at the Hong˘za of Oka Onitar˘'s drama "Nemuru-ga-Rakuda Monogatari"; Tomoemon plays the role of the yanushi Sahŕ [casting].
November 1928: Tomoemon plays at the Hong˘za (T˘ky˘) the roles of Yuranosuke, K˘ no Moron˘ and Oribe Yajibei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His stage partners are Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI (Hayano Kanpei), Sawamura Tosshi VIII (Teraoka Heiemon) and Band˘ Shűch˘ III (En'ya Hangan, Okaru).
December 1929: Tomoemon plays at the Shinjuku Shinkabukiza (T˘ky˘) the roles of Yuranosuke, K˘ no Moron˘, Sadakur˘ and Oribe Yajibei in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His stage partners are Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VI (Hayano Kanpei, Teraoka Heiemon) and Band˘ Shűch˘ III (En'ya Hangan, Okaru).
April 1932: premiere at the Kabukiza of Mayama Seika's ninj˘mono drama "Edoe Ry˘goku Hakkei" (commonly called "Arakawa no Sakichi"); Tomoemon plays the role of the daiku Tatsugor˘ [casting].
October 1933: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Yoshida Genjir˘'s drama "Nij˘-j˘ no Kiyomasa"; Tomoemon plays the role of Honda Masanobu [more details].
September 1935: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "K˘dan Yomiya no Ame"; Tomoemon plays the role of Torafugu no Tajű [more details].
April 1936: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Uwanari", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Tomoemon plays the role of Tairy˘ Haruyo [more details].
April 1937: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Tomoemon plays the role of Hayakumo Daijin [more details].
May 1938: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Mayama Seika's drama "Katsu Awa no Chichi"; Tomoemon plays the role of Matsuzaka Sh˘nosuke [more details].
1 September 1943: he dies while on tour, victim of a terrible earthquake that hits the province of Shimane.
ďtani Tomoemon VI was a talented and popular supporting tachiyaku, specialized in katakiyaku and oyajigata roles. He was a stage partner for the stars Onoe Kikugor˘ VI and Ichikawa Ennosuke II.
ďtani Tomoemon VI in the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ in a print made by Natori Shunsen (1927)
Print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1950
The Nakamura T˘z˘ line of actors
The ďtani Tomoemon line of actors
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