ICHIKAWA DANZď I

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danz˘ I In Japanese
Ichikawa Dannosuke I In Japanese

Guild: Mikawaya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Shik˘

Existence: 1684 ~ 5th day of the 4th lunar month of 1740

Connection:

Father (?): Matsumoto Shirosabur˘

Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I

Brother: Ichikawa Danzabur˘ I

Sons: Ichikawa Dannosuke II, Ichikawa Danz˘ II

Adopted son: Ichikawa Danz˘ III

Career:

1684 ~ 1698: born in Edo. His father works as a t˘dori at the Moritaza. He becomes disciple of the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and starts his career playing wakashugata roles under the name of Ichikawa Dannosuke. Later on, he changes the first ideogram of his first name dan:

First writing for Dannosuke New writing
段之助 團之助

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3rd lunar month of 1698: Ichikawa Dannosuke I takes the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ I, playing at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Kant˘ Koroku"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Ogino Sawanoj˘.

11th lunar month of 1708: Danz˘ plays at the Moritaza a role in the aragoto style in the drama "Onna Sanbijin Imose Nishiki".

11th lunar month of 1709: Danz˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Konn˘maru in the kaomise drama "Tametomo Furiwakegami".

11th lunar month of 1711: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1713: Danz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). Danz˘ achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza playing the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Danshichi in the new year drama "ďkazari Kan˘ Soga".

11th lunar month of 1715: Danz˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Arajishi Otokonosuke in Mitsushima Shichir˘zaemon's drama "Hayazaki Onna Shimabara".

1716: Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II have a deep quarrel.

2nd lunar month of 1717: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Keisei Fuji no Takane"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Katsuyama Matagor˘ and Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1717: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa in the kaomise drama "Kinkazan Yoroi Biraki".

1st lunar month of 1720: Danz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1724: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Hata Rokur˘zaemon in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Matsushima Hy˘tar˘.

11th lunar month of 1725: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Semimaru Onna Moy˘".

11th lunar month of 1726: Danz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Taira no Kagekiyo in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Tokiwa Genji", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Sangor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1727: Danz˘ moves to the Moritaza and plays the role of Hata Rokur˘zaemon in the kaomise program "H˘nen Taiheiki"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Monnosuke I, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Tamazawa K˘jűr˘ (who celebrates his shűmei), Fujimura Handayű II, Sodesaki Miwano I, Tsuruya Nanboku I and Yamamoto Hanasato.

11th lunar month of 1728: Danz˘ moves to the Ichimuraza and plays the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Kikusui Yoshino no Dairi".

11th lunar month of 1731: historic reconciliation for the actors Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, who end a 17 years long quarrel and play together at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Wag˘ Ichiji Taiheiki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I. Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II play the respective roles of Kusunoki Masanori and Kusunoki Masatsura.

9th lunar month of 1732: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the drama "Kagekiyo", which is produced under the title "ďich˘ Sakae Kagekiyo"; Danz˘ plays the role of Gorobei Tadamitsu [casting].

11th lunar month of 1735: Danz˘ plays at the Kawarasakiza the role of It˘ Kur˘ Sukekiyo in the kaomise drama "Banzei Ikioi Izu Nikki".

11th lunar month of 1737: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarasakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo"; Danz˘ plays the role of Kagekiyo [casting]. The final act of this play is a confrontation scene between Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Danz˘ in the roles of the statue of Kan U and the statue of Ch˘ Hi (Kan U and Ch˘ Hi are two legendary Chinese generals), which is commonly called "Kan U" (Kabuki Jűhachiban).

11th lunar month of 1739: Danz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Aoto Saemon in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki". He decides to adopt his disciple Ichikawa Jir˘za and gives him the name of Ichikawa Danzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1740: Danz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Kagekiyo in the drama "Hime Kazari Nishiki Soga", written by Hayakawa Denshir˘ and Nakamura Seizabur˘ II.

Comments:

Ichikawa Danz˘ I was a popular and talented actor, specialized in tachiyaku and katakiyaku roles, excelling as a jitsugotoshi or a aragotoshi.

Ichikawa Danz˘ I in a print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1721

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1721

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1725

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni (1862~1863)

The Ichikawa Dannosuke line of actors

The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors

 
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