|ICHIKAWA SADANJI III|
Ichikawa Sadanji III
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Existence: 26 August 1898 ~ 3 October 1969
Father: Ichikawa Monnosuke VI
Son: Ichikawa Sadanji IV
Grandson: Ichikawa Omez˘ VI
Great-grandson: Ichikawa Otora VII
October 1902: he makes his first appearance on stage and receives the name of Ichikawa Otora IV.
1907: Otora joins a troupe led by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.
November 1922: creation of the T˘eikai, a Kabuki dance study group led by Omez˘ and Onoe Eizabur˘ VII. The first program is staged at the Ichimuraza at the end of the month and is made up of one old dance and 2 new creations.
April 1926: Omez˘ plays at the Hong˘za the role of Momonoi Wakasanosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
June 1934: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Hasegawa Shin's drama "Kurayami no Ushimatsu"; Omez˘ plays the role of Oyone. His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Ushimatsu), Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI (Shir˘bei) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Okuma, Oima).
January 1939: Omez˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tonami in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III (Chiyo).
September 1947: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Atsumi Seitar˘'s version of "Nans˘ Satomi Hakkenden"; Omez˘ plays the roles of Inuyama D˘setsu, Inuzuka Shino and Yamashita Sakuzaemon Sadakane [casting].
1963: Sadanji becomes the head of the Japan Actors Association (Nihon Haiyű Ky˘kai).
1964: Sadanji receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).
Ichikawa Sadanji III was a talented supporting actor able to play a wide range of roles, as a tachiyaku or an onnagata. His two fields of excellence were nimaime or wagotoshi roles. He was an important stage partners for stars like Onoe Baik˘ VI, Onoe Kikugor˘ VI or Onoe Sh˘roku II. In his latter years, he often played fukeyaku roles.
The Ichikawa Otora line of actors
The Ichikawa Omez˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Sadanji line of actors
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