|ICHIKAWA DANJ█Rď XII|
Real name: Horikoshi Natsuo
Pen name: Mimasuya Hakuji
Line number: J█NIDAIME (XII)
Existence: 6 August 1946 ~ 3 February 2013
Grandfather: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII
Father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI
Son: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI
October 1953: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Kabukiza, where he receives the name of Ichikawa Natsuo and plays in the drama "Daitokuji".
May 1958: Ichikawa Natsuo takes the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI at the Kabukiza.
10 November 1965: Shinnosuke's father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI dies.
August 1968: Shinnosuke plays for the first time the prestigious role of Narukami in the eponymous play, which is staged at the National Theatre; the role of princess Taema is played by Ichikawa Monnosuke VII.
November 1969: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Sukeroku and Togashi in the play "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura" and the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘".
September 1970: Ebiz˘ and Band˘ Tamasabur˘, a very popular and successful duo, play together for the first time in the classic "Narukami", which is performed at the Kabukiza. Ebiz˘ plays Narukami and Band˘ Tamasabur˘ plays princess Taema.
April 1985: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X takes the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Benkei and Sukeroku in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" and the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".
May 1985: Danjűr˘ celebrates his second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa, Soga Gor˘ and Benkei in the plays "Shibaraku", "Uir˘ Uri" and "Kanjinch˘". His stage partners in "Kanjinch˘" are Onoe Sh˘roku II (Togashi) and Nakamura Utaemon VI (Yoshitsune).
June 1985: Danjűr˘ celebrates his third month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Oda Nobunaga, Narukami and Sukeroku in the plays "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga", "Narukami" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".
Summer 1985: Danjűr˘ celebrates his shűmei in the USA, playing the roles of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa and Minamoto Raik˘ in the bombastic drama "Shibaraku" and the dance-drama "Tsuchi Gumo" [more details].
January 1986: Danjűr˘ celebrates his comeback at the Kabukiza after the great shűmei of 1985, performing in a great new year show the roles of Soga Gor˘ and Osh˘ Kichisa in the plays "Ya-no-Ne" and "Sannin Kichisa".
January 1997: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; Danjűr˘ plays the roles of Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo and the priest Sekigahara Jinnai (in reality Iba-no-Jűz˘ Kazuyoshi) [casting].
March 2000: an amazing threesome at the Kabukiza for the performance of "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". Danjűr˘ plays Ume˘maru, with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Onoe Kikugor˘ in the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru.
March 2001: Danjűr˘ plays at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the deaths of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.
May 2004: Danjűr˘ plays the roles of Fukuoka Mitsugi and Benkei in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" and the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", which are staged at the Kabukiza to celebrate the shűmei of his son Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI. He suddenly falls ill the 9th (first symptoms of a leukemia) and has to be replaced. He stops acting up to Fall 2004.
October 2004: Danjűr˘ is back on stage ... in France at the ThÚÔtre de Chaillot, playing the role of Sakata Ichinosuke in the drama "Toribeyama Shinjű", which celebrates the shűmei in Paris of his son Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI [more details].
August 2005: Danjűr˘ falls ill again. He has to be hospitalized and to be on sick leave for at least 6 months.
March 2007: tour in Paris (France); Danjűr˘ plays at the Palais Garnier the roles of Togashi/Benkei (in alternance with his son) and Taira no Koremochi in the dance-dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Momijigari", which celebrate the Ichikawa clan [more details].
January 2009: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Danjűr˘ plays the role of the warrior Mita no Genji Takeru [casting].
December 2012: Danjűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, where he plays the roles of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki and Benkei in "Ishikiri Kajiwara" and "Funa Benkei"; falling ill, he is replaced from the 18th of December by Nakamura Kanjaku and Nakamura Hashinosuke to perform the former and the latter roles.
15 December 2012: Danjűr˘ joins the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).
3 February 2013: Danjűr˘ dies of pneumonia in a T˘ky˘ Hospital.
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII was the holder of the most prestigious Kabuki name and an amazing tachiyaku actor.
The Ichikawa Shinnosuke line of actors
The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors
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