ICHIKAWA DANZď I

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danz˘ I In Japanese
Ichikawa Dannosuke I In Japanese

Guild: Mikawaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Shik˘

Existence: 1684 ~ 5th day of the 4th lunar month of 1740

Connection:

Father (?): Matsumoto Shirosabur˘

Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I

Brother: Ichikawa Danzabur˘ I

Sons: Ichikawa Dannosuke II, Ichikawa Danz˘ II

Adopted son: Ichikawa Danz˘ III

Career:

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:

First writing for Dannosuke New writing
段之助 團之助

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3rd lunar month of 1698: Ichikawa Dannosuke I takes the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ I, playing at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Kant˘ Koroku"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Ogino Sawanoj˘.

11th lunar month of 1708: Danz˘ plays at the Moritaza a role in the aragoto style in the drama "Onna Sanbijin Imose Nishiki".

11th lunar month of 1709: Danz˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Konn˘maru in the kaomise drama "Tametomo Furiwakegami".

11th lunar month of 1711: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

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".

11th lunar month of 1715: Danz˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in Mitsushima Shichir˘zaemon's drama "Hayazaki Onna Shimabara".

1716: Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II have a deep quarrel.

2nd lunar month of 1717: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the drama "Keisei Fuji no Takane".

1st lunar month of 1720: Danz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1724: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Hata Rokur˘ Saemon in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.

11th lunar month of 1725: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Semimaru Onna Moy˘".

11th lunar month of 1726: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Tokiwa Genji", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Sangor˘ I.

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 1728: Danz˘ moves to the Ichimuraza and plays the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Kikusui Yoshino no Dairi".

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.

9th lunar month of 1732: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Kagekiyo", which is produced under the title "ďich˘ Sakae Kagekiyo"; Danz˘ plays the role of Gorobei Tadamitsu [casting].

11th lunar month of 1735: Danz˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of It˘ Kur˘ Sukekiyo in the kaomise drama "Banzei Ikioi Izu Nikki".

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.

Comments:

Ichikawa Danz˘ I was a popular and talented actor, specialized in tachiyaku and katakiyaku roles, excelling as a jitsugotoshi or a aragotoshi.

Ichikawa Danz˘ I in a print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1721

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1721

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1725

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni (1862~1863)

The Ichikawa Dannosuke line of actors

The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors

 
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