|ICHIKAWA DANZď IX|
Ichikawa Danz˘ IX
Dance name: Kashiwagi Emon IV
Real name: Ichikawa Kazuo
Line number: KUDAIME (IX)
Birthday: 29 May 1951
Great-grandfather: Ichikawa Danz˘ VII
Grandfather: Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII
Father: Kashiwagi Emon III (dance master)
Adoptive father: Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII
Master: Onoe Sh˘roku II
Sons: Ichikawa Ginnosuke II, Ichikawa Momotar˘ V
April 1981: Ginnosuke becomes nadai.
June 1981: Ginnosuke plays at the National Theatre the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Tatsunosuke I (Danshichi Kurobŕ), Sawamura S˘jűr˘ IX (Otatsu) and Kawarazaki Gonjűr˘ III (Tsuribune Sabu).
May 1987: Ichikawa Ginnosuke l takes the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ IX at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Akechi Mitsuhide and Senoo Tar˘ in the plays "Toki-ha Ima Kiky˘ no Hataage" and "Sanemori Monogatari".
December 1987: Danz˘ celebrates his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, playing the roles of Matsu˘maru, Awaza Tarosuke and a bonze in the drama "Kurumabiki", the drama "Sanzen Ry˘ Kogane no Kurairi" and the dance "Kisen"; his stage partners in "Kurumabiki" are Kataoka Gat˘ (Shihei), Band˘ Yasosuke V (Ume˘maru) and Band˘ Shűch˘ V (Sakuramaru).
1995: Danz˘ plays the roles of the actor Ichikawa Omez˘ I in the movie "Sharaku". This film is about the life of the famous print-maker T˘shűzai Sharaku, who produced all his works between 1794 and 2nd lunar month of 1795 and disappeared mysteriously, leaving behind him some of the most famous actor prints.
March 1999: Danz˘ plays at the National Theatre the role of the evil Iwafuji in the jidaimono "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie". His stage partners are Nakamura Matsue (Onoe) and Nakamura Tokiz˘ (Ohatsu).
January 2002: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharunagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in his full length since 11th lunar month of 1864; Danz˘ plays the role of the plotter Mikami Ichigaku [casting].
March 2009: Kabuki adaptation by the famous stage director Ninagawa Yukio of Shakespeareĺs "Twelfth Night", which is entitled "Ninagawa Jűniya", from the 24th to the 28th of March 2009 in London (UK) at the Barbican Theater; Danz˘ plays the role of Hieian Gor˘ (Fabian) [more details]. The same play is staged with the same casting in June 2009 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and in July 2009 at the Sh˘chikuza.
January 2014: premiere at the National Theatre of "Sanzen Ry˘ Haru no Komahiki", a revival of Tatsuoka Mansaku's 1794 drama "Keisei Haru no Tori"; Danz˘ plays the role of Kobayakawa Tatewaki [more details].
November 2014: the Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of the passing away of Matsumoto Haku˘. His two sons, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, are the zagashira [more details].
Ichikawa Danz˘ IX is an outstanding supporting actor particularly appreciated in aragoto roles. He really deserves to play more leading roles. I am sure he would be a great Narukami or Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa!
Ichikawa Danz˘ IX's best role: Benkei ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura").
The mon of Ichikawa Danz˘ IX
The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors
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