ICHIKAWA SADANJI I

Stage names:

Ichikawa Sadanji I
Sodesaki Kikutar˘
Sodeoka Kikutar˘

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Shunk˘ (?)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Masters: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, Sodesaki Miwano I

Career:

Fall 1726: he becomes disciple of Sodesaki Miwano I and receives the name of Sodeoka Kikutar˘.

11th lunar month of 1726: he makes his debut at the Nakamuraza, performing as an onnagata iroko.

11th lunar month of 1736: Kikutar˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of K˘t˘-no-Naishi in the kaomise drama "Jumpű Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1737: Kikutar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

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"; Kikutar˘ plays the role of Kagekiyo lover's Akoya [casting].

1st lunar month of 1738: Kikutar˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1742: Sodesaki Kikutar˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Sadanji I at the Kawarazakiza, playing in the kaomise drama "Gaijin Taiheiki", which celebrates the return and the arrival in Edo of the actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1743: Sadanji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

Fall 1744: Sadanji goes to ďsaka, in the company of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

11th lunar month of 1744: Sadanji plays the role of Hako˘maru in the kaomise drama "Azuma Soga Fujimi no Sato", which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I at the ďnishi no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1745: Sadanji's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank as Yoshida Manshir˘ and Yamatogawa Akashi.

11th lunar month of 1745: Sadanji becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the otokodate Ch˘kichi, in reality Kiku˘, in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Ukisu Gassen". This is most likely his last stage performance. We don't know what happens to him afterwards.

Comments:

Ichikawa Sadanji I was an Edo onnagata, who was active from the middle of the 1720s to the middle of the 1740s. He suddenly became tachiyaku in 1745 but vanished without trace. As an onnagata, he excelled in keisei roles and nuregoto.

The actors Ichikawa Sadanji I (bottom/left) and Yamashita Matatar˘ I (top/right) playing the roles of Magosabur˘'s betrothed Okatsu and Magosabur˘ in the new year drama "Mukashi Komon Yoshiokazome", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1745 at the ďnishi no Shibai

Print made by Okumura Toshinobu around 1731

The Ichikawa Sadanji line of actors

 
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