ICHIKAWA DANJ█Rď VIII

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VI
Ichikawa Shinnosuke II

Other name: Ichikawa Hakuen (III)

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: HACHIDAIME (VIII)

Poetry name: Sansh˘

Existence: 5th day of the 10th lunar month of 1823 ~ 6th day of the 8th lunar month of 1854

Connection:

Great-great-great-great-grandfather: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I

Great-great-great-grandfather: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (Danjűr˘ II)

Great-great-grandfather: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III (Danjűr˘ IV)

Great-Grandfather: Ichikawa Hakuen I (Danjűr˘ V)

Father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII

Brothers: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VII, Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VIII, Ichikawa Komaz˘ VI, Ichikawa Saruz˘ I, Ichikawa K˘z˘

Career:

11th lunar month of 1823: he appears on stage for the first time, at the Ichimuraza, where he receives the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke II during the kaomise performance.

3rd lunar month of 1825: Ichikawa Shinnosuke II takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VI.

3rd lunar month of 1832: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the Naritaya guild. His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII takes back the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ VI, who is only 9 years old, becomes Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII. Danjűr˘ plays the role of Hidari no Jingor˘ in Tsuruya Namboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome". He also plays the role of the moxa peddler Toraya T˘kichi in a "Uir˘ Uri" scene (kabuki jűhachiban) which is included in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

11th lunar month of 1832: Danjűr˘ plays Nose Tar˘, the leading role of the "Shibaraku" scene, in the Kawarazakiza kaomise program "Tanomiaru Gohiiki no Tsuna".

1st lunar month of 1833: Danjűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, s˘kant˘ section ("global leader"), is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

5th lunar month of 1833: Danjűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Irie Tanz˘ in the classic "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura".

7th lunar month of 1835: Danjűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Ranmaru in the drama "Konoshita Kage Hazama Gassen".

4th lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Moritaza of the drama "Hakkenden Uwasa no Takadono"; Danjűr˘ plays the roles of Inue Shimbei and the monk Shakuunb˘ [casting].

1st lunar month of 1838: Danjűr˘ becomes zagashira at the Kawarazakiza. He plays 4 roles in the new year drama "Fude Hajime Mazebari Soga", including the roles of Kojir˘ and Atsumori in the classic "Gempei Nunobiki no Taki".

3rd lunar month of 1838: Danjűr˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the 2 minor roles, including Sugi˘maru, in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

3rd lunar month of 1839: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance program "Shiki no Nagame Maru-ni-I no Toshi", which is made up of four dances dedicated to the four seasons and stars the actor Sawamura Tossh˘ I, supported by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and Danjűr˘ [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1840: premiŔre of the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" at Kawarazakiza. The main role (Benkei) is played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V. His stage partners are Ichikawa Kuz˘ II (Togashi) and Danjűr˘ (Yoshitsune).

8th lunar month of 1841: Danjűr˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of Kat˘ Masakiyo in the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki".

6th lunar month of 1843: Danjűr˘ plays for the first and last time the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the drama "Mayoi no Kumoiro ni Narukami", which is staged at the Kawarazakiza. His stage partner in the role of Princess Taema is Onoe Eizabur˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1844: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momosakura". The roles of the courtesan Agemaki, the villain Ikyű and the shirozake seller Shimbei are played by Iwai Hanshir˘ VII, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI and Onoe Kikugor˘ IV. This performance, which celebrates the shűmei of both Iwai Hanshir˘ VII and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI, is a huge success and a long run

11th lunar month of 1845: Danjűr˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the roles of Matsunaga Daizen and the sum˘ wrestler Tetsugadake in the dramas "Ehon Tait˘ki" and "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori".

8th lunar month of 1848: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Eiri Sh˘setsu Asagao Monogatari"; Danjűr˘ plays the role of Miyagi Asojir˘/Komazawa Jirozaemon [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1849: Danjűr˘ plays for the first time the role of Benkei in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", which is performed at the Kawarazakiza. His stage partners are Ichikawa Kodanji IV (Togashi) and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I (Yoshitsune).

8th lunar month of 1849: Danjűr˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the eponymous role of the drama "Kagekiyo". His stage partners are Onoe Kikujir˘ II (Akoya) and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV (Shigetada).

11th lunar month of 1849: Danjűr˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of Hiranoya Tokubei in the drama "Sonezaki Shinjű". The role of the courtesan Ohatsu is played by Onoe Kikujir˘ II.

9th lunar month of 1850: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Minoriyoshi Kogane no Kikuzuki"; Danjűr˘ plays the roles of Asayama Tetsuzan and Funase Sampei [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III Kiyomoto-based dance "Akegarasu Hana no Nureginu", commonly called "Urazato Tokijir˘"; Danjűr˘ plays the role of Tokijir˘ [casting].

5th lunar month of 1851: Danjűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of the wicked priest Narukami in the drama "Narukami". The role of Princess Taema is played by Band˘ Shűka I.

7th lunar month of 1852: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari"; Danjűr˘ plays the role of Jiraiya [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1853: premiere of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Yosa"), which is staged at the Nakamuraza and in which Danjűr˘ plays the role of Yosabur˘ [casting]. This performance is a huge success.

5th lunar month of 1853: Danjűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza for the second and last time the role of Yosabur˘ in Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi". The role of Otomi is played by Onoe Baik˘ IV.

8th lunar month of 1854: a few days after his triumphant arrival in ďsaka, where he is supposed to perform together with his father, Danjűr˘ commits suicide in his inn.

Comments:

"Like his father, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII excelled in the aragoto ('rough-stuff') roles for which the Ichikawa lineage was famous. But as well as audacious young heroes, he was also extremely successful in the various roles of young lover (nimaime). Together with his good looks, this made him especially popular with female fans. When he played Sukeroku, in which he had to immerse himself in a barrel of water, the water was subsequently sold at exorbitant cost to avid admirers. Even when he had to appear as Yosabur˘ with a scarred face, pastry shops sold beanpaste buns with cracked outer skins called 'Yosabur˘ buns, which were devoured by the actor's fans. Despite his success, or even because of it, he was plagued by personal problems, perhaps exacerbated by his early achievements and the jealousy this caused among older actors. In 1854, during a tour of performances in ďsaka with his father, he was found in his inn with his wrists slashed. He was suffering from massive debts, caused by his lifestyle, which emulated the excesses of his father." (from the The Fitzwilliam Museum Website)

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII playing the role of Takeda Katsuyori in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1832

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1854

The Ichikawa Shinnosuke line of actors

The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors

 
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