ICHIKAWA DANZď V

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danz˘ V
Ichikawa Shik˘ I
Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IV
Ichikawa Danjir˘ I
Ichikawa Morinosuke I

Nickname: Shibudan (from "Shibui Danz˘", the sober and refined Danz˘)

Guild: Mikawaya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry names: Shik˘, K˘san, Sensh˘

Existence: 9th lunar month of 1788 ~ 6th day of the 6th lunar month of 1845

Connection:

Master: Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I

Adoptive father: Ichikawa Danz˘ IV

Adopted sons: Ichikawa Danz˘ VI, Ichikawa Danzabur˘ V, Ichikawa Danzabur˘ VI

Disciples: Ichikawa Aragor˘ II, Ichikawa Aragor˘ III

Career:

1788~1795: born in ďsaka. He starts his career as a disciple of the actor Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I, who gives him the name of Ichikawa Morinosuke I. He spends his first years in the minor theaters of ďsaka (hama shibai). He is adopted by Ichikawa Danz˘ IV at an unknown date and takes the name of Ichikawa Danjir˘ I, performing in Ky˘to and ďsaka major theaters.

10th lunar month of 1795: Ichikawa Danjir˘ I takes the name of Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IV in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, playing in the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", produced by Band˘ Iwagor˘.

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ II's drama "Z˘ho Izari no Adauchi"; Danzabur˘ plays the role of Iinuma Sanzabur˘ [casting].

10th lunar month of 1808: his adoptive father Ichikawa Danz˘ IV dies.

1st lunar month of 1815: Ichikawa Danzabur˘ IV takes the name of Ichikawa Shik˘ I in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing 4 roles in the drama "Keisei Wakana no Isaoshi", which is produced by Ichikawa Zentar˘.

4th lunar month of 1819: Ichikawa Shik˘ I takes the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ V in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Manno Hy˘g˘ and Shinano T˘z˘ in the drama "Keisei Shinobazu-ga-Ike".

1821: tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1830: Danz˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai (Ky˘to) the roles of Terukuni and Sakuramaru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; he suddenly falls ill and has to be replaced by Arashi Sangor˘ IV.

1831: he adopts Ichikawa Danzabur˘ V in order to train him as the next Ichikawa Danz˘.

1st lunar month of 1833: Danz˘ goes to Edo, after 26 years spent in Kamigata. He plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘".

9th lunar month of 1837: last performance of Danz˘ in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; He plays 7 roles, including Yuranosuke, in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1837 ~ 1839: Danz˘ goes on tour in the Western provinces.

11th lunar month of 1839: Danz˘ is back in ďsaka, after an absence of 8 years; He plays the roles of Kiichi H˘gen, Akoya and Ch˘emon in the jidaimono "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki", which is staged at the Kado no Shibai.

6th lunar month of 1840: Danz˘ plays for the fifth time the role of the exiled priest Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is staged at the Sakai Shinchi no Shibai (ďsaka); his stage partners are Fujikawa Kayű III (Chidori), Nakamura Shikan III (Tanzaemon Motoyasu), Arashi Rikaku II (Fujiwara Naritsune) and Nakamura Rankur˘ (Senoo Tar˘).

24th of the 10th lunar month of 1843: his adopted son Ichikawa Danzabur˘ V dies.

1st lunar month of 1844: Danz˘ simultaneously plays at the Kado no Shibai and the Naka no Shibai, in the dramas "Keisei Ishikawa-zome" and "Kokusen'ya Gassen". He suddenly falls ill and decided to retire definitively.

6th lunar month of 1845: Danz˘ dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Ichikawa Danz˘ V was an outstanding tachiyaku, the worthy heir of his adoptive father Ichikawa Danz˘ IV. He gave importance to realism in his way of acting. He adopted several of his adoptive father's roles as his own, like Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", but was also able to play onnagata or katakiyaku roles. He excelled in wajitsu, bud˘goto and jitsugotoshi roles.

Ichikawa Danz˘ V playing the role of Manno Hy˘g˘ in the drama "Keisei Shinobazugaike", during his shűmei in the 4th lunar month of 1819 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai (print made by Ashiyuki)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1801

Print made by Asayama Ashiyuki in 1827

Print made by Shunshosai Hokuch˘ in 1828

Illustrated playbill 1828

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1833

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1833

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1835

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada

The Ichikawa Danzabur˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors

 
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