|ICHIKAWA SADANJI I|
Ichikawa Sadanji I
Other name: Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Sh˘ch˘ (1)
Existence: 28th day of the 10th lunar month of 1842 ~ 7 August 1904
Adoptive father: Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Brothers: Nakamura Jusabur˘ III, Ichikawa Arajir˘ I
Son: Ichikawa Sadanji II
Son-in-law: Ichikawa Sh˘ch˘ II
1842: born in ďsaka. His father Nakamura Seikichi is a theater hair-dresser.
1848: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kado no Shibai, where he receives the name of Ichikawa Tatsuz˘.
1851: he becomes disciple of the actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Koyone I.
1862: Ichikawa Koyone I takes the name of Ichikawa Masuwaka.
1864: he is adopted by Ichikawa Kodanji IV, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Sadanji I. The two actors go together to Edo.
1865: his adoptive father Ichikawa Kodanji IV dies.
10th lunar month of 1872: Sadanji takes part in the opening ceremony of the Shintomiza.
February 1885: Sadanji takes part in the opening ceremony of the Chitoseza [more details]. Premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa"; Sadanji plays the roles of Ogiwara Ry˘saku and the rickshaw Sangor˘ [casting].
26 April 1887: the emperor views Kabuki for the first time at the residence of Inoue Kaoru, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The casting includes the three leading stars Sadanji, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Onoe Kikugor˘ V.
May 1904: Sadanji appears on stage for the last time, at the Meijiza, where he plays the role of the fisherman Yat˘ta in Matsui Sh˘˘'s drama "Tekikoku K˘fuku".
Ichikawa Sadanji I belonged to the triumvirat of stars who dominated the Kabuki world during the Meiji era (the two others were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX and Onoe Kikugor˘ V). He was the leading actor of many shinkabuki dramas and worked on scripts written by authors who did not belong to the Kabuki world, like Matsui Sh˘˘, or adapted contemporary popular novels, like K˘da Rohan's "Hige Otoko". His two most successful roles were Marubashi Chűya and Baba Saburobei in "Keian Taiheiki" and "ďsakazuki".
"At first he was a poor actor, and gave no sign of a promising career. Mokuami, the playwright, assisted him greatly by providing him with new plays and furnishing him with advice, and so great was his advancement that he was able to hold his own with Danjűr˘ and Kikugor˘" (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")
The actor Ichikawa Sadanji I playing the role of Sakuz˘ in the drama "Sato no Haregi Momiji no Uchikake", which was staged in April 1901 at the Meijiza (print made by K˘ch˘r˘ H˘sai)
The Ichikawa Sadanji line of actors
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