ICHIKAWA DANZď VI

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danz˘ VI In Japanese
Ichikawa Kuz˘ II In Japanese
Ichikawa Hakuz˘ I In Japanese
Ichikawa Momotar˘ I In Japanese
Ichikawa Sanz˘ I In Japanese
Ichikawa Teruyo I In Japanese

Guild: Mikawaya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Poetry names: San'en, Dan'en

Existence: 1800 ~ 22nd day of the 10th lunar month of 1871

Connection:

Father: Ichikawa Aragor˘ I

Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII

Adopted mother: Ichikawa Danz˘ V's widow

Son: Ichikawa Teruyo II

Adopted son: Ichikawa Danz˘ VII

Disciples: Ichikawa Hakunosuke, Ichikawa Danzabur˘ VII

Career:

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.

3rd lunar month of 1817: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘"; Momotar˘ plays the role of Yoshida no Matsuwakamaru [casting].

1825: Momotar˘ achieves a great success at the ďnishi no Shibai (ďsaka) by playing the difficult role of Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki".

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].

7th lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Ichimuraza of the dance-drama "Shinobi Yoru Koi no Kusemono". The roles of Princess Takiyasha and Mitsukuni are played by Kuz˘ and Ichimura Uzaemon XII.

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].

3rd lunar month of 1840: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"; Kuz˘ plays the role of Togashi [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1842: Kuz˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of Shigetada in the drama "Kagekiyo". His stage partners are Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (Kagekiyo) and Onoe Eizabur˘ III (Akoya).

1st lunar month of 1845: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's dance-drama "Awa Mochi"; Kuz˘ plays the role of an awa mochi maker [more details].

7th lunar month of 1852: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jiraiya G˘ketsu Monogatari"; Kuz˘ plays the roles of Fűki Tar˘, Yashagor˘ and Senso D˘jin [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".

1st lunar month of 1853: Danz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Akoya in the drama "Kagekiyo". His stage partners are Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (Kagekiyo) and Kataoka Gad˘ II (Shigetada).

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".

5th lunar month of 1857: Danz˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Otoku in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; the role of Matahei is played by Nakamura Fukusuke I.

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].

8th lunar month of 1870: Danz˘ takes part in the performance of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", co-produced by the Ichimuraza and the Nakamuraza.

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.

Comments:

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)

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1847

Print made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1852

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852 (courtesy of V.)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1857

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1861

Print made by Utagawa Yoshitsuya in 1862

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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