|ICHIKAWA DANZď VI|
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Poetry names: San'en, Dan'en
Existence: 1800 ~ 22nd day of the 10th lunar month of 1871
Father: Ichikawa Aragor˘ I
Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
Adopted mother: Ichikawa Danz˘ V's widow
Son: Ichikawa Teruyo II
Adopted son: Ichikawa Danz˘ VII
1800: born in Edo. He is the son of the actor Ichikawa Aragor˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1805: he makes his first stage appearance, at the Kawarazakiza, receiving the name of Ichikawa Teruyo and playing in the drama "Ch˘ Hanagata Koi Muko Genji".
11th lunar month of 1813: Teruyo becomes the disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Sanz˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1816: Ichikawa Sanz˘ I takes the name of Ichikawa Momotar˘ I at the Kawarazakiza, performing in the kaomise drama "Kiyomori Eiga no Utena", which also celebrates the shűmei of ďtani Bajű II, S˘ry˘ Jinroku II, Sakata Hanjűr˘, Band˘ Matajűr˘ III, Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ III and Ichikawa Kodanji III.
1828: tour in the Island of Shikoku, Shimonoseki and the Island of Kyűshű.
1831: he goes back to ďsaka and takes the name of Ichikawa Hakuz˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1835: Hakuz˘ goes back to Edo after 11 years spent in Kamigata. He takes the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ II at the Moritaza, playing in the drama "Hanayagura Kabuki no Jintori" (the long-forgotten name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ was first held by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II from the 5th lunar month of 1697 to the 6th lunar month of 1704).
4th lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Moritaza of the drama "Hakkenden Uwasa no Takadono"; Kuz˘ plays the roles of Inukai Genpachi, Inusaka Keno, Horiuchi Kurando Sadayuki, Yamabayashi Fusahachi and the monk Hakuunb˘ [casting].
11th lunar month of 1838: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nakamura Jűsuke IV's Tokiwazu-based dance "Hanabutai Kasumi no Saruhiki", commonly called "Utsubo Zaru"; Kuz˘ plays the role of the female lord [casting].
8th lunar month of 1852: Kuz˘ is adopted by the widow of the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ V.
10th lunar month of 1852: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II takes the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ VI at the Kado no Shibai (ďsaka), performing in the drama "Kin'ugyoku to Wakoku no Irifune".
5th lunar month of 1854: Danz˘ plays for the first time the role of Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is staged at the Chikugo no Shibai (ďsaka). His stage partners are Nakamura Tamashichi I (Chidori) and Arashi Rikaku II (Senoo Tar˘).
4th lunar month of 1856: tour in Ise; Danz˘ plays for the second time the role of the exiled priest Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is staged at the Naka-no-Jiz˘ no Shibai. His stage partners are Fujikawa Tomokichi III (Chidori) and Nakayama Ichiz˘ (Senoo Jűr˘).
6th lunar month of 1856: tour in Nagoya; Danz˘ plays for the third time the role of the exiled priest Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is staged at the Wakamiya no Shibai. His stage partners are the same as the 4th lunar month performance.
9th lunar month of 1856: Danz˘ goes back to Edo; he achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the roles of Akoya, Kagekiyo and Masayuki in the drama "Hatsuyuki Tomimasu no Kagekiyo".
6th ~ 7th lunar months of 1858: tour in K˘fu; Danz˘ plays for the fourth and last time the role of exiled priest Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is staged at the Kameyaza.
5th lunar month of 1859: Danz˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Z˘ho Natsu Matsuri Otoko Kagami". His stage partners in the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ, Tokubŕ and Otatsu are Nakamura Fukusuke I, Ichikawa Kuz˘ III and Arashi Hinasuke VII.
1st lunar month of 1860: the 1762 puppet drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" (commonly called "Kishi Hime") is adapted for the first time to Kabuki, in Edo at the Moritaza; it is integrated within the new year sogamono "Momo Chidori Nigiwai Soga" and Danz˘ plays the role of Iihara Hy˘e Suekage [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1862: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie" (commonly called "Shiranami Gonin Otoko"), in which Danz˘ plays the role of K˘bŕ [casting].
Fall 1870: Danz˘ goes on tour in Nagoya, performing at the Tachibana no Shibai. Then, he settles in ďsaka and falls seriously ill.
10th lunar month of 1871: Danz˘ dies in ďsaka.
Ichikawa Danz˘ VI was a talented tachiyaku, who made a name for himself in Edo, ďsaka and Ky˘to (as did his two predecessors in the line). Able to play in both jidaimono and sewamono, he was particularly appreciated in wagoto or bud˘goto roles. He was also able to play female roles, like Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki". He had the reputation to be reluctant to play extravagant roles and, just like Ichikawa Danz˘ V, gave importance to both realism and classicism in his way of acting.
Ichikawa Danz˘ VI gathered eight roles popularized by Ichikawa Danz˘ I and Ichikawa Danz˘ II in a special collection called Kogeki no Hasshu. This long-forgotten collection includes the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo, Aoto Saemon and ďmori Hikoshichi.
Ichikawa Danz˘ VI playing the role of Akoya in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I (1851~1853)
The Ichikawa Momotar˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Hakuz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Kuz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors
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