|ICHIKAWA DANSHIRď II|
Real name: Kinoshi Kamejir˘
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: Juen, Sh˘raku
Existence: 21st day of the 7th lunar month of 1855  ~ 6 February 1922
Father: Band˘ Santar˘
Grandsons: Ichikawa Danshir˘ III, Ichikawa Miyosuke, Ichikawa K˘mori II
1860: he became disciple of Ichimura Uzaemon XIII, who gave him the name of Ichimura Ch˘matsu.
1862: he became disciple de Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V, who gave him the name of Band˘ Utasaku.
1868: tour in Kamigata with his master.
1870: he became disciple of Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VII.
1872: he took the name of Yamazaki Ennosuke.
1873: Ennosuke played without his master's permission the prestigious role of Benkei at the Nakajimaza (T˘ky˘) in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘". This was a lese-majesty crime and the sentence was irrevocable: Ennosuke was expelled from the Kawarasaki clan. He had to give up the Yamazaki name and took the name of Matsuo Ennosuke.
13 October 1877: his 2nd master Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V died.
October 1890: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX forgave him and accepted to reintegrate Ennosuke in the Ichikawa clan; he took the name of Ichikawa Ennosuke I.
March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo"; Ennosuke played the roles of the plasterer Kyűsaku and Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka [casting]. This was also the celebration of Ennosuke's success at the nadai exam.
January 1896: revival at the Harukiza of the dance "Kashiragaki Ise Monogatari", staged under the title "Noriaibune Eh˘ Manzai", with Ennosuke and Nakamura Kangor˘ XII performing the two comic dancers.
July 1901: premiere at the T˘ky˘za of "Tsuri Onna", the Kabuki version of the ky˘gen "Tsuribari", originally written in 1883 by Kawatake Mokuami (lyrics) and Kishizawa Shikisa VI (music) and revised for the stage by Takeshiba Shinkichi. It starred Ennosuke and Nakamura Kangor˘ XII in the roles of Tar˘kaja and the ugly girl.
18 February 1903: his 1st master Onoe Kikugor˘ V died.
13 September 1903: his 3rd master Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX died.
March 1906: Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s drama "Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu" was produced for the first time in T˘ky˘, at the T˘ky˘za; Ennosuke played the roles of Katagiri Katsumoto and Ujiie Naizen [casting].
April 1910: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi", a few scenes taken from "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana" focusing on Kataoka Naojir˘ and his lover Michitose and staged independently from the rest of the play; Ennosuke played the role of Kaneko Ichinoj˘ [casting].
October 1910: Ichikawa Ennosuke I and his son Ichikawa Danko I respectively took the names of Ichikawa Danshir˘ II and Ichikawa Ennosuke II at the Kabukiza. The two actors performed together in the drama "Kiri Hitoha" and the long-forgotten bombastic drama "Kamahige". The name Danshir˘ has not been held since the 10th lunar month of 1687. The new Danshir˘ also revived the yag˘ Omodakaya.
September 1919: premiere at the Kabukiza of the Kiyomoto-based dance "Sumidagawa" (a N˘ adapted for Kabuki by Yamazaki Shik˘ with a musical accompaniment made by Kiyomoto Umekichi II); Danshir˘ played the role of the boatman [casting].
6 February 1922: Danshir˘ died.
Ichikawa Danshir˘ II was a talented actor, the founder of an original line of actors. He excelled in both dances and jidaimono dramas (especially the gidayű ky˘gen). He rebelled against the Kabuki feudal system and his expulsion from the Ichikawa clan led him to walk his own way in koshibai or on tour in provinces. He was finally reintegrated in ˘shibai and helped to fight the existing discrimination against koshibai actors.
 The 21st day of the 7th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Ansei era was the 2nd of September 1855 in the western calendar.
Ichikawa Danshir˘ II playing the role of Henmei Tesshinai in a print made by Yamamura Toyonari in 1919
The Ichikawa Ennosuke line of actors
The Ichikawa Danshir˘ line of actors
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