|ICHIKAWA MONNOSUKE VI|
Ichikawa Monnosuke VI
Real name: Arakawa Seitar˘
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Existence: 1862 ~ 20 August 1914
Son: Ichikawa Sadanji III
Grandson: Ichikawa Sadanji IV
Great-grandson: Ichikawa Omez˘ VI
Great-great-grandson: Ichikawa Otora VII
Disciple: Ichikawa Teruz˘ II
1862: born in Matsue.
1867~1879: he starts his career at an early age, playing in his village's countryside Kabuki troupe. He is spotted by the travelling actor Band˘ Kach˘, becomes his disciple and receives the name of Band˘ Hidenosuke. Later on, he takes the name of Arashi Rinshi.
1879: while on tour in the Ishikawa province, he has the chance to meet the star Ichikawa Udanji I and joins him. He settles in ďsaka and plays under the name of Ichikawa Fukunoj˘.
November 1888: Ichikawa Fukunoj˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Metora II at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Musashi no Yoroi Homare no ďkubo".
March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo"; Metora plays the roles of the daughter of the daigűji of the Atsuta Shrine, Kagekiyo's daughter Princess Hitomaru and Shigemori's sister Koch˘ [casting].
March 1903: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kichirei Soga no Ishizue", which is produced to celebrate the shűmei of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Onoe Baik˘ VI and Onoe Eizabur˘ VI; Metora plays the role of Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ [casting].
June 1910: Ichikawa Metora II takes the name of Ichikawa Monnosuke VI.
1912: tour in Chűbu with Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII and Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI. Monnosuke plays the role of Otoku in the drama "Domo Mata", which is notably staged in February in Nagoya (Suehiroza) and in July in Hamamatsu (Kabukiza); the role of Otoku's husband Matahei is played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII.
April 1913: Monnosuke plays at the T˘ky˘za the role of Shizuka Gozen in the "Shi-no-Kiri" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura"; the roles of Tadanobu, Minamoto Yoshitsune and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan are played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI, Ichimura Kamez˘ III and Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV.
Ichikawa Monnosuke VI was a pure onnagata actor (jun'onnagata), excelling in the roles of merchant daughters or princesses. He was not born in the Kabuki world but he worked hard and succeeded in becoming a great actor, thanks to the support of Ichikawa Udanji I in ďsaka or Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX in T˘ky˘.
The Ichikawa Metora line of actors
The Ichikawa Monnosuke line of actors
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