ďTANI TOMOEMON VI

Stage names:

ďtani Tomoemon VI
Nakamura T˘z˘ V
Nakamura Komasuke
Nakamura Omocha
Nakamura Kanbei

Real name: Aoki Yaetar˘

Guild: Akashiya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Existence: June 1886 ~ 1 September 1943

Connections:

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˘

Career:

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 Kambei.

November 1898: Nakamura Kambei 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".

April 1920: Nakamura T˘z˘ V the prestigious name of ďtani Tomoemon VI, which was unused for almost half a century.

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).

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].

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).

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].

1 September 1943: he dies while on tour, victim of a terrible earthquake that hits the province of Shimane.

Comments:

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 (1925)

Print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1950

The Nakamura T˘z˘ line of actors

The ďtani Tomoemon line of actors

 
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