|ICHIKAWA UNOSUKE III|
Real name: Ichikawa Hitoshi
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Birthday: 1 October 1947
Great-great-grandfather: Ichikawa Kodanji IV
Great-grandfather: Ichikawa Sai'nyű (Ichikawa Udanji I)
Grandfather: Ichikawa Udanji II
Father: Ichikawa Unosuke II
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".
February 1973: Unosuke becomes disciple of the star Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X.
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].
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].
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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