|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 Momoi 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].
July 1949: Omez˘ becomes the head of the Kikugor˘ Gekidan troupe, founded a few days after the death of the illustrious actor Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.
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 ofen played fukeyaku roles.
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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