|ICHIKAWA CH█SHA VIII|
Ichikawa Chűsha VIII
Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)
Poetry name: Chűsha (8)
Existence: 10 November 1896 ~ 20 June 1971
Father: Ichikawa Danshir˘ II
Adoptive father: Ichikawa Chűsha VII
Disciples: Ichikawa Nakaz˘, Ichikawa Nakajir˘, Ichikawa Nakanosuke III
October 1913: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Kabukiza where he receives the name of Ichikawa Matsuo I.
March 1916: Matsuo is adopted by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII.
September 1930: revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "T˘ryű Azuma Bunsh˘"; Yaoz˘ plays the roles of Awazu Shichir˘ and Sentar˘ [casting].
July 1936: his adoptive father Ichikawa Chűsha VII dies.
October 1955: Chűsha takes part in the first Kabuki tour in the Popular Republic of China; he plays the roles of Yoshitsune and Sh˘gen in the dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Keisei Hangonk˘" [casting]. Chűsha has the opportunity to meet the stars of the Chinese Traditional Opera like the famous Mei Lan-Fang.
December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theater with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Chűsha plays the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ in the "Tenpaizan" scene [casting].
June 1971: Chűsha appears on the stage for the last time, at the National Theatre, where he plays the role of Shinza's land-lord in the drama "Kamiyui Shinza" (the role of Shinza is played by Onoe Sh˘roku II); he suddenly dies the 20th of June 1971 (he is replaced by Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ III).
Ichikawa Chűsha VIII was a talented tachiyaku, trained by Ichikawa Chűsha VII and who was very active in both Kabuki and modern productions. Two of his best roles, at the end of his career, were Jinbei and Midaroku in the dramas "Sakura Giminden" and "Kumagai Jin'ya".
The Ichikawa Yaoz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Chűsha line of actors
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