ICHIKAWA SADANJI III

Stage names:

Ichikawa Sadanji III
Ichikawa Omez˘ IV
Ichikawa Otora IV

Guild: Takinoya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: 26 August 1898 ~ 3 October 1969

Connections:

Father: Ichikawa Monnosuke VI

Son: Ichikawa Sadanji IV

Grandson: Ichikawa Omez˘ VI

Great-grandson: Ichikawa Otora VII

Career:

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.

January 1909: Otora plays at the Meijiza the role of Sankichi in the drama "Shigenoi Kowakare"; the role of Sankichi's mother Shigenoi is played by Otora's father Ichikawa Metora II.

April 1917: he becomes nadai and takes the name of Ichikawa Omez˘ IV at the Ichimuraza.

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.

March 1923: second dance program of the T˘eikai, staged at the Imperial Theater.

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).

July 1944: Omez˘ plays at the Misonoza (Nagoya) the role of Otoku in the drama "Domo Mata"; the role of Otoku's husband Matahei is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

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].

July 1949: Omez˘ becomes the head of the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan, a troupe founded a few days after the death of the illustrious actor Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

February 1950: Omez˘ plays the role of Mitsukuni at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ in the drama "Masakado"; the role of Princess Takiyasha is played by Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.

July 1951: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Omez˘ plays the role of the hinin Oguri no Umakichi [casting].

May 1952: Ichikawa Omez˘ IV takes the name of Ichikawa Sadanji III at the Kabukiza, playing in the drama "Onna Narukami".

October 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga"; Sadanji plays the role of Kinoshita T˘kichir˘ [casting].

March 1953: premiere at the Kabukiza of Osaragi Jir˘'s drama "Edo no Yűbae"; Sadanji plays the role of the hatamoto Matsudaira Kamon [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).

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Sadanji plays the roles of Fujiwara no Mototsune and Abe no Kiyoyuki [casting].

June 1969: Sadanji appears on stage for the last time, at the National Theatre, where he plays the roles of Motome and Kamatari in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

Comments:

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.

Ichikawa Sadanji III's best roles: Yasuke/Koremori ("Sushiya"), Chűshichi ("Kamiyui Shinza") and Tokijir˘ ("Akegarasu Yume no Awayuki").

Ichikawa Sadanji III playing the role of Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1955)

The Ichikawa Otora line of actors

The Ichikawa Omez˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Sadanji line of actors

 
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