|ICHIKAWA DANJ█Rď VIII|
Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
Other name: Ichikawa Hakuen (III)
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
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
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 Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome". He also plays the role of the uir˘ peddler Toraya T˘kichi in a "Uir˘ Uri" scene (Kabuki Jűhachiban) which is included in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".
7th lunar month of 1835: Danjűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Ranmaru in the drama "Konoshita Kage Hazama Gassen".
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 "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".
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).
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 Shinbŕ 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
3rd lunar month of 1849: Danjűr˘ plays for the first time the role of Musashib˘ 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).
2nd lunar month of 1851: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's Kiyomoto-based dance "Akegarasu Hana no Nureginu", commonly called "Urazato Tokijir˘"; Danjűr˘ plays the role of Kasugaya Tokijir˘ [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.
"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˘"
The Ichikawa Shinnosuke line of actors
The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors
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