Poetry name: K˘gyo
Existence: ??? ~ 1769
Real father: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I (?)
Son: Band˘ Sukesabur˘ II
Before 1733: date of birth unknown. He was the nephew of the first wife of the actor Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I. He was also rumored to be the real son of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I. His first stage name was Band˘ Iwamatsu and his first master was Nakamura Shingor˘ I (he met him in Edo) at the beginning of the 1730s. His second stage name was Band˘ Hikoemon.
Fall 1743: Sukesabur˘ settled in ďsaka
Fall 1744: Sukesabur˘ went back to Ky˘to
11th lunar month of 1744: Sukesabur˘ played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the roles of Umagata Yosaku and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the kaomise drama "Tanba Yosaku Kameyama Kayoi", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1750: Sukesabur˘ played in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the roles of the farmer Yogobŕ and Kawakami Mosaku in Fujikawa Sakoku's kaomise drama "Taira no Miyako Onna Ez˘shi", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1753: Sukesabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual]. First Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu", which was produced as a new year drama at the Minamigawa no Shibai by Yamashita Matatar˘ I; Sukesabur˘ played the roles of Ariwara no Yukihira and Katsura Kingo [casting].
2nd lunar month of 1755: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Ono no T˘fű Aoyagi Suzuri", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and staged at the Minamigawa no Shibai as a kaomise drama; Sukesabur˘ played the roles of Takatori Hy˘go and Tatsuki Jinsuke [casting].
1763: Sukesabur˘ became t˘dori.
1st lunar month of 1758: Sukesabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual]. First Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]. It used its real title at the former theater but it was entitled "Keisei Niwatoriyama" at the latter theater; Sukesabur˘ played in the latter theater the roles of Miyoshi Shurinotayű Masayasu and Shinsaku.
11th lunar month of 1760: Sukesabur˘ performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘ and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Manbŕ.
1st lunar month of 1761: Sukesabur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. Sukesabur˘ played in the same theater the roles of Sorori Shinzaemon and the servant Yomokur˘ in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kachiodera".
12th lunar month of 1761: Sukesabur˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Hachij˘ Sehei in the kaomise drama "Karanishiki Miyako no Hinagata", which celebrated the shűmei of Takeshima K˘zaemon IV.
11th lunar month of 1765: no record in any Ky˘to or ďsaka kaomise.
11th lunar month of 17676: no record in any Ky˘to or ďsaka kaomise.
Fall 1767: Sukesabur˘ decided to give his name to his son.
11th lunar month of 1767: Band˘ Sukesabur˘ I and his son Band˘ Hikotar˘ took respectively the names of Band˘ Yasuke and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ II at the Kitagawa no Shibai, performing together in the kaomise drama "Daikokuten" which was produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Onoe Kumesuke.
3rd lunar month of 1768: Yasuke played in the same theater the role of Hara G˘emon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". This was most likely his last appearance on stage. No record afterwards.
1769: Yasuke passed away.
Band˘ Yasuke was said to be equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He spent most of his acting career in Ky˘to. He was able to perform a wide range of roles, as a jitsugotoshi, yatsushigata, hand˘gataki, d˘kegata, wagotoshi or even fukeyaku (in his latter years). He had a great voice and was outstanding in k˘j˘ for kaomise dramas. He was also a renowned musician.
Band˘ Yasuke and Onoe Kikugor˘ I playing the roles of Fujinomori Jirosaku and Hosokawa Yoshimitsu in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Setsuy˘shű", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1768 at the Kitagawa no Shibai
The Band˘ Sukesabur˘ line of actors
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