ICHIKAWA SADANJI IV

Stage names:

Ichikawa Sadanji IV
Ichikawa Omez˘ V
Ichikawa Otora V

Real name: Arakawa Kin'ya

Guild: Takashimaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Birthday: 12 November 1940

Connections:

Grandfather: Ichikawa Monnosuke VI

Father: Ichikawa Sadanji III

Son: Ichikawa Omez˘ VI

Grandson: Ichikawa Otora VII

Career:

May 1947: he makes his first appearance on stage at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, receiving the name of Ichikawa Otora V and playing in "Terakoya".

February 1962: Ichikawa Otora V takes the name of Ichikawa Omez˘ V at the Kabukiza.

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Omez˘ plays the roles of Yatsurugi Kazuma and Sakuramachi Chűj˘ Kiyofusa [casting].

February 1967: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Dattan"; Omez˘ plays the role of a rengy˘shű [casting].

July 1968: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kama-ga-Fuchi Futatsu Domoe"; Omez˘ plays the role of Kobuna Gengor˘ [casting].

December 1969: revival at the Kabukiza of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Kumo no Ito Azusa no Yumihari"; Omez˘ plays the role of Sakata Kintoki [more details].

July 1977: revival at the Kabukiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Omez˘ plays the role of Ogasawara Buzen-no-Kami [casting].

February 1979: Ichikawa Omez˘ V takes the name of Ichikawa Sadanji IV at the Kabukiza, playing in the dance "Ky˘ Ningy˘" and the drama "Kenuki".

August 1979: revival at the National Theatre Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri"; Sadanji plays the role of ďoka Echizen-no-Kami Tadasuke [casting].

March 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Sadanji plays the role of Arakuma no Kuroz˘ [casting].

Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Sadanji plays the roles of Narita Gor˘, the magistrate, Zangetsu and Watanabe Tsuna in "Shibaraku", "Tachi Nusubito", "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘" and "Tsuchi Gumo", which celebrate the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].

January 1997: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; Sadanji plays the role of Mionoya Shir˘ Kunitoshi [casting].

March 2001: Sadanji plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the deaths of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

March 2009: Kabuki adaptation by the famous stage director Ninagawa Yukio of Shakespeareĺs "Twelfth Night", which is entitled "Ninagawa Jűniya", from the 24th to the 28th of March 2009 in London (UK) at the Barbican Theater; Sadanji plays the role of T˘in Kanemichi (Sir Toby Belch) [more details]. The same play is staged with the same casting in June 2009 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and in July 2009 at the Sh˘chikuza.

November 2014: the Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of the passing away of Matsumoto Haku˘. His two sons, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, are the zagashira [more details].

Comments:

Ichikawa Sadanji IV is a tachiyaku actor endowed with a great loud voice, big eyes and physical strength helping him to perform the best katakiyaku roles.

Ichikawa Sadanji IV's best roles: Ikyű ("Sukeroku"), Senoo Tar˘ ("Shunkan"), Senoo Jűr˘ ("Sanemori Monogatari") and Takuetsu ("T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan").

Ichikawa Sadanji IV playing the role of Sagisaka Bannai in the michiyuki "Michiyuki Tabiji no Hanamuko" in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in May 1988
Print courtesy of Castle Fine Arts, Inc. (all rights reserved)

The Ichikawa Otora line of actors

The Ichikawa Omez˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Sadanji line of actors

 
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