ICHIKAWA DANNOSUKE III

Stage names:

Ichikawa Dannosuke III
Ichikawa Danko I

Guild: Mikawaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Sank˘

Existence: 1786 ~ 2nd day of the 11th lunar month of 1817

Connection:

Father: Ichikawa Danz˘ IV

Brother: Ichikawa Dannosuke IV

Career:

1790: he receives the name of Ichikawa Danko I and starts his training in ďsaka with his father. He joins a troupe of children-actors at the Takeda no Shibai (kodomo shibai).

1800: he becomes wakaonnagata and takes the name of Ichikawa Dannosuke III.

Fall 1806: Dannosuke goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1806: Dannosuke achieves a great success by playing the leading role of the "Onna Shibaraku" scene in the kaomise drama "Wakazakari Heike Monogatari".

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Toki-mo Kiky˘ Shusse no Ukej˘"; Dannosuke plays the role of Satsuki [casting].

1st lunar month of 1809: Dannosuke's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

8th lunar month of 1809: Dannosuke plays at the Moritaza the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Kosen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

9th day of the 10th lunar month of 1808: his father Ichikawa Danz˘ IV dies.

3rd lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Moritaza of Fukumori Kyűsuke I's drama "Sono Mukashi Koi no Edo-zome"; Dannosuke plays the role of Osugi [casting].

8th lunar month of 1809: Dannosuke plays at the Moritaza the role of Matahei's wife Otoku in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; the role of Matahei is played by Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Tamamo-no-Mae Obana no Nishiki", the Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto"; Dannosuke plays the role of Kazusanosuke's wife Tokiwazu [more details]. It was followed by the premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ"; Dannosuke plays the role of the okujochű Kotoura [more details].

9th lunar month of 1811: Dannosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Suke-no-Tsubone and Wakaba-no-Naishi in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

9th lunar month of 1812: Dannosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kan Sh˘j˘ and Chiyo in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1812: Dannosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kaoyo Gozen, Tonase and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Dannosuke plays the roles of Onoe and ďgigaya [more details].

7th lunar month of 1814: Dannosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the role of the courtesan Hakata Kojor˘ in the play "Imaori Hakata no Irifune", which is very similar to "Kezori". His stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (the smuggler Genkai Nadaemon) and Seki Sanjűr˘ II (Komachiya S˘shichi).

9th lunar month of 1812: Dannosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the role the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Yűgiri's lover Fujiya Izaemon is played by Iwai Hanshir˘ V.

3rd lunar month of 1815: Dannosuke plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Shizuka Gozen, Suke-no-Tsubone and Wakaba-no-Naishi in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

5th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke II's Kiyomoto-based dance-drama "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie" (commonly called "Suma no Utsushie"); Dannosuke plays the role of the ama Matsukaze [casting].

9th lunar month of 1815: the Ichimuraza goes bankrupt and gives its license to the Kiriza.

11th lunar month of 1815: Dannosuke's yearly salary is 800 ry˘.

3rd lunar month of 1816: Dannosuke and Kiri Ch˘kiri, the two managers of the Kiriza, opens their theater, producing the drama "Tasuketamae Kami no Manimani".

12th day of the 1st lunar month of 1817: a fire breaks out in the district of Norimono-ch˘, which destroys the Kiriza.

3rd lunar month of 1817: the Kiriza and welcomes for its reopening a group of 13 Kamigata, which is led by the star Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Band˘ Jűtar˘. Dannosuke performs in the drama "Shinbutai Megumi no Ishizue".

10th lunar month of 1817: Dannosuke fails in the management of the Kiriza and has to hand over his license for Kabuki performances to the Miyakoza. He falls ill and, because of both illness and the heavy burden of the Kiriza debts, commits suicide the 2nd of the 11th lunar month of 1817.

Comments:

Ichikawa Dannosuke III was a talented and popular onnagata actor, who made a short but successful career in Edo during the Bunka era. He was able to play any kind of female role, in jidaimono as well as in sewamono.

Ichikawa Dannosuke III playing the role of Shizuka Gozen in the travelling dance (michiyuki) "Yoshinoyama" of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1815 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1812

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1815

The Ichikawa Danko line of actors

The Ichikawa Dannosuke line of actors

 
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