|ICHIKAWA SUMIZď V|
Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V
Real name: ďta Kanesabur˘
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry name: Tosh˘
Existence: 1845 ~ 7 May 1906
Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX
Son: Ichikawa Dankur˘ II
Grandson: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ VII
Adopted son: Ichikawa Jukai III
Disciples: Ichikawa Yonezaemon, Ichikawa Hakotora II
1845: born in Edo in the district of Ushigome. His father is a firefighter named Ch˘z˘. He starts at an early age to learn traditional dance with Band˘ Kayű, who gives him the name of Band˘ Kanesabur˘.
1856~1870: Kanesabur˘ becomes zagashira of a troupe of young actors performing in the district of Higashi-Ry˘goku Koriba. He is nicknamed Koriba no Gonnosuke (Koriba's Gonnosuke) because of his resemblance with the star Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII.
April 1878: he becomes disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Sumiz˘.
November 1878: Ichikawa Sumiz˘ takes the name of Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Kibun Taishaku Kuruwa no Irifune". This is in fact a minor ideogram change, which allows him to join the Ichikawa Sumiz˘ line of actors:
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November 1884: tour in K˘fu.
July 1890: premiere at the Shintomiza of "Kiyomasa Seichűroku", a revised version of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1875 drama "Minori no Aki Seish˘ Denki". It was part of a special 2-day gala program starring Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX; Sumiz˘ plays the role of Asano Yoshinaga [more details].
November 1890: tour in Sendai.
March 1891: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi ďchi's drama "Buyű no Homare Shusse Kagekiyo", a revised revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's jidaimono "Shusse Kagekiyo"; Sumiz˘ plays the roles of the daigűji of the Atsuta Shrine, Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki and a carpenter (in reality Satomi Yoshinari) [casting].
July 1893: tour in K˘fu.
September 1893: Sumiz˘ plays at the Kabukiza 5 roles in the drama "ďkubo Hikozaemon".
March 1899: premiere at the Meijiza of the drama "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", which gathers the main scenes from the sukerokumono part of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 1858 drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; Sumiz˘ plays the role of the shirozake Shinbŕ [casting].
October 1903: his master Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX dies.
May 1905: Sumiz˘ plays at the Miyatoza the role of Matsunaga Daizen in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Princess Yuki and Konoshita T˘kichi are played by Sawamura S˘nosuke I and Ichikawa Kigan IV.
February 1906: Sumiz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Miyatoza. He suddenly falls ill and dies in May.
Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V was a talented supporting tachiyaku actor, performing in both koshibai and ˘shibai, specialized in jitsugotoshi and wagotoshi roles. He took part in the katsureki experience led by his master Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX. He became katakiyaku and oyajigata in his latter years.
Ichikawa Sumiz˘ V playing the role of Akama Genzaemon in the drama "Yowa Nasaki Ukina no Yokogushi" (print made by Toyohara Kunichika 1885)
The Ichikawa Sumiz˘ line of actors
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