|ICHIKAWA DANZď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Shik˘
Existence: 1684 ~ 5th day of the 4th lunar month of 1740
Father (?): Matsumoto Shirosabur˘
Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I
Brother: Ichikawa Danzabur˘ I
Adopted son: Ichikawa Danz˘ III
1684 ~ 1698: born in Edo. His father works as a t˘dori at the Moritaza. He becomes disciple of the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and starts his career playing wakashugata roles under the name of Ichikawa Dannosuke. Later on, he changes the first ideogram of his first name dan:
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1st lunar month of 1713: Danz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). Danz˘ achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza playing the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Danshichi in the new year drama "ďkazari Kan˘ Soga".
1716: Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II have a deep quarrel.
11th lunar month of 1727: Danz˘ moves to the Moritaza and plays the role of Hata Rokur˘ Saemon in the kaomise program "H˘nen Taiheiki"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Monnosuke I, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Tamazawa K˘jűr˘ (who celebrates his shűmei), Fujimura Handayű II, Sodesaki Miwano I, Tsuruya Nanboku I and Yamamoto Hanasato.
11th lunar month of 1731: historic reconciliation for the actors Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, who end a 17 years long quarrel and play together at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Wag˘ Ichiji Taiheiki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I. Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II play the respective roles of Kusunoki Masanori and Kusunoki Masatsura.
11th lunar month of 1737: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarazakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo"; Danz˘ plays the role of Kagekiyo [casting]. The final act of this play is a confrontation scene between Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Danz˘ in the roles of the statue of Kan U and the statue of Ch˘ Hi (Kan U and Ch˘ Hi are two legendary Chinese generals), which is commonly called "Kan U" (Kabuki Jűhachiban).
11th lunar month of 1739: Danz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Aoto Saemon in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki". He decides to adopt his disciple Ichikawa Jir˘za and gives him the name of Ichikawa Danzabur˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1740: Danz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Kagekiyo in the drama "Hime Kazari Nishiki Soga", written by Hayakawa Denshir˘ and Nakamura Seizabur˘ II.
Ichikawa Danz˘ I in a print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1721
The Ichikawa Dannosuke line of actors
The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors
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