ICHIKAWA UNOSUKE III

Real name: Ichikawa Hitoshi

Guild: Takashimaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Birthday: 1 October 1947

Connections:

Great-great-grandfather: Ichikawa Kodanji IV

Great-grandfather: Ichikawa Sai'nyű (Ichikawa Udanji I)

Grandfather: Ichikawa Udanji II

Father: Ichikawa Unosuke II

Masters: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI, Ichikawa Jukai III

Career:

October 1955: he makes his first appearance on stage at the ďsaka Kabukiza, receiving the name of Ichikawa Unosuke III and playing the role of Kotar˘ in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

March 1958: Unosuke takes part in the final Kabuki performance at the ďsaka Kabukiza [more details].

February 1973: Unosuke becomes disciple of the star Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X.

Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Unosuke plays the role of Urabe Suetake in the dance-drama "Tsuchi Gumo", which celebrates 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"; Unosuke plays the role of Mitsumine Hachir˘ Tadakiyo [casting].

October 2004: tour in Paris (France); Unosuke plays at the ThÚÔtre de Chaillot the roles of Ohana and a lady-in-waiting in the drama "Toribeyama Shinjű" and the dance "Kagami Jishi", which celebrates the shűmei in Paris of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI [more details].

March 2007: tour in Paris (France); Unosuke plays at the Palais Garnier the roles of Kamei Rokur˘ and a retainer of Koremochi in the dance-dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Momijigari", which celebrate the Ichikawa clan [more details].

January 2008: revival at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which celebrates the 1070th anniversary of the Naritasan temple, where the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘ is worshipped; Unosuke plays the role of the kar˘ Hata no Minbu and Hakuunb˘ (the Buddhist monk white cloud) [casting].

September 2009: short Kabuki tour in Monaco for the Naritaya guild; Unosuke plays the roles of Asukai and the bonze Hakuunb˘ in the dance-drama "Kagami Jishi" and the drama "Narukami" [more details].

June 2010: Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in London at the Sadler's Wells (4~15 June) and in Roma at the Teatro di Roma-Argentina (21~22 June); Unosuke plays the role of Kawatsura's wife Asuka [more details].

Comments:

Ichikawa Unosuke III started his career as an onnagata and a nimaime in the Kamigata, trained by the star Ichikawa Jukai III. Then he moved to T˘ky˘ and join the Ichikawa clan, switching to tachiyaku roles, like wakashugata, yakko or katakiyaku. Supporting actor, he's also the best stage assistant of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ in the bombastic aragoto plays.

The mon of Ichikawa Unosuke III

 
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