ICHIKAWA KOMAZď X

Stage names:

Ichikawa Komaz˘ X In Japanese
Band˘ Keiz˘ I In Japanese

Real name: Hike Keiz˘

Guilds: K˘raiya, Yamatoya

Line number: J█DAIME (X)

Existence: 27 November 1925 ~ 19 March 1981

Connections:

Grandfather: Band˘ Shűch˘ II

Father: Band˘ Shűch˘ III

Master: Matsumoto Haku˘

Brothers: Band˘ Matatar˘ VII, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IX

Son: Band˘ Shűch˘ V

Career:

27 November 1925: born in T˘ky˘.

1927: first stage appearance on tour in the island of Kyűshű; he plays the role of Kantar˘ in the drama "Shigure no Kotatsu".

22 September 1935: his father Band˘ Shűch˘ III dies.

December 1946: Keiz˘ is a member of the Kabuki troupe which celebrates the reopening of the rebuilt Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ [more details].

July 1954: Keiz˘ plays in alternance with Sawamura Tossh˘ V the roles of Omiwa or Princess Tachibana in the dance-drama "Negai no Ito Enishi no Odamaki", which is staged at the Kabukiza; the role of Motome is played by Nakamura Shibajaku VI. He receives the prize of the President Ëtani (the boss of the Sh˘chiku Company) as a reward for his performance in this dance.

Fall 1954: he becomes disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII.

September 1954: Band˘ Keiz˘ I takes the name of Ichikawa Komaz˘ X at the Kabukiza, playing the role of the shishi cud in the dance "Renjishi"; the role of the shishi parent is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII.

February 1955: revival at the Kabukiza of Sakurada Jisuke I's dance-drama "Kumo no Hy˘shimai"; Komaz˘ plays the role of the catfish priest Raiun [casting].

July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Komaz˘ plays the role of Princess Sakura [more details].

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari"; Komaz˘ plays the role of a female retainer, in reality a female demon [casting].

March 1961: the actors Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Ichikawa Chűsha VIII and Nakamura Shikaku II sign exclusive contracts with the T˘h˘ and leave the Sh˘chiku; Komaz˘ follows his master.

December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theater with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in which Komaz˘ plays the role of Haru [casting].

February 1967: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Dattan"; Komaz˘ plays the role of a rengy˘shű [casting].

19 March 1981: Komaz˘ dies in T˘ky˘.

Comments:

Ichikawa Komaz˘ X was a 20th century promising actor, who was able to perform as a tachiyaku or an onnagata. His most notable performance was not on Kabuki stages but in Television, as he was the first actor to play the leading role of the mythical Television series "Kurama Tengű".

The mon of Ichikawa Komaz˘ X

The Band˘ Keiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Komaz˘ line of actors

 
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