|ICHIKAWA SADANJI I|
Ichikawa Sadanji I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Shunk˘ (?)
Fall 1726: he becomes disciple of Sodesaki Miwano I and receives the name of Sodeoka Kikutar˘.
11th lunar month of 1737: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarasakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo"; Kikutar˘ plays the role of Kagekiyo lover's Akoya [casting].
11th lunar month of 1742: Sodesaki Kikutar˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Sadanji I at the Kawarasakiza, 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 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.
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
The Ichikawa Sadanji line of actors
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