ICHIKAWA DANJ█Rď VI

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IV
Ichikawa Tokuz˘

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Poetry names: Sansh˘, Hakuen

Existence: 1778 ~ 13th day of the 5th lunar month of 1799

Connection:

Adoptive father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V

Adopted son: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V

Disciple: Ichikawa Danshichi I

Career:

1778 ~ 1781: born in Edo. He is most likely the illegitimate son of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V. He is adopted by Izumiya Kanjűr˘, the nephew of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V and manager of a shibai jaya.

10th lunar month of 1781: he is adopted by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Tokuz˘.

1st lunar month of 1782: Tokuz˘ makes his first stage appearance, at the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1782: Ichikawa Tokuz˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IV at the Nakamuraza, palying in the kaomise drama "Godai Genji Mitsugi no Furisode".

1st lunar month of 1788: Ebiz˘ achieves a great success at the Kiriza by playing the role of the medice peddler T˘kichi in the "Uir˘ Uri" scene, which is performed within the drama "Keisei Natori Soga".

1st lunar month of 1789: Ebiz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, koyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1791: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza; The actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IV respectively take the names of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI. The new Danjűr˘ plays the roles of Sanada Yoichi and Ushiwaka in the kaomise drama "Kin no Menuki Genke no Kakutsuba".

9th lunar month of 1792: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Koganosuke in the classic "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; the role of Hinadori is played by Segawa Tomisabur˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1793: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Rikiya and Nikaid˘ Hy˘g˘nosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Fall 1793: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Shinomiya Rokur˘ in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1793: Danjűr˘ plays at the Miyakoza in the kaomise drama "Yasa Gunbai Miyako no Jintori". His stage partners are Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I, ďtani Hiroji III and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II.

7th lunar month of 1794: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Fuwa Bansuke in the drama "Keisei Sambon Gasa".

9th lunar month of 1794: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kamei Rokur˘ in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1794: Danjűr˘ plays at the Kiriza 3 roles in the kaomise drama "Otokoyama Oedo no Ishizue".

4th lunar month of 1795: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ono no Sadakur˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

6th lunar month of 1795: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

7th lunar month of 1795: Danjűr˘ plays the role of Hinadori in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; the role of Koganosuke is played by Arashi Sangor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1795: Danjűr˘ plays at the Miyakoza the role of Kumagai Tar˘, the superhero of the "Shibaraku" scene, in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Yuki no Yoshitsune". His stage partners are Nakamura Nakaz˘ II, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I and Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

4th lunar month of 1796 Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Naonobu and Shinsuke in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

7th lunar month of 1796: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kurikara Tar˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Danjűr˘ plays the role of Kinugawa Yasabur˘ in the latter theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1796: Danjűr˘ plays at the Miyakoza the roles of Yorimitsu, ďya Tar˘ and the yakko Dampei in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji".

5th lunar month of 1797: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yoshimori in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

6th lunar month of 1797: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yoshitsune in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

8th lunar month of 1797: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Miuranosuke and Minamoto Yoriie in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1797: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Koky˘ no Nishikigi", sharing the stage with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Ichikawa Komaz˘ III, Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Nakamura Noshio II, Onoe Matsusuke I, Band˘ Minosuke I, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V. This kaomise program, which celebrates the reopening of the Nakamuraza, is a huge success.

6th lunar month of 1798: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Igami no Gonta, Tokaiya Ginpei and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

9th lunar month of 1798: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Yokanpei in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1798: Danjűr˘ becomes zagashira at the Nakamuraza and achieves a great success by playing in Fukumori Kyűsuke I's kaomise drama "Hana no Mimasu Yoshino no Miyuki". His stage partners are Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I and Ichikawa Komaz˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1799: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hanami Doki", which commemorates the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of late Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III. The role of the courtesan Agemaki is played by Iwai Kumesabur˘ I [print].

4th lunar month of 1799: Danjűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Teraoka Heiemon, ďwashi Bungo and Momonoi Wakasanosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He suddenly falls ill the 18th April and dies the 13th day of the 5th lunar month of 1799.

Comments:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI was a promising tachiyaku actor, excelling as a young aragotoshi. In 1795, the hy˘banki made a reference to a popular trio of young actors, called Shusse Sampukutsui section ("a successful trio") and made up of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI, Ichikawa Omez˘ I and Band˘ Minosuke I. He unfortunately died before reaching the peak of his career.

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1790)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1799

 
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