|ICHIKAWA EBIJ█Rď IV|
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry name: Gangyoku
Existence: 1809 ~ 19th day of the 10th lunar month of 1858
Masters: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V, Matsushima Seiz˘
Before 1814: he starts his career at an early age as a disciple of the actor Matsushima Seiz˘, who gives him the name of Matsushima Minosuke.
1814 ~ 1829: he joins a troupe of kodomo shibai in ďsaka, performing with Nakamura Tamanosuke I and Nakamura Komanosuke I. He spends many years performing with some success in hama shibai (ďsaka) or miyaji shibai (Ky˘to). He is finally spotted by the star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, who takes him on as a disciple and gives him the name of Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ I in 1830.
1830 ~ 1840: he takes the name of Ichikawa Shinsh˘ I at an unknown date.
11th lunar month of 1843: Ichikawa Shinsh˘ I takes the name of Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV in ďsaka.
1st lunar month of 1847: Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV takes the name of Band˘ Jutar˘ II at the Kado no Shibai.
Spring 1848: tour in Ise.
Summer 1848: tour in Nagoya.
Spring 1849: Jutar˘ goes to Edo.
5th lunar month of 1849: he takes the name of Ichikawa Gangyoku I and plays at the Kawarasakiza the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, ďboshi Yuranosuke, Sadakur˘ and Takubei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
1st lunar month of 1850: Ichikawa Gangyoku I takes the name of Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV and plays at the Kawarasakiza in the new year drama "Yamawarai Haru no Kiyomizu". His rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).
1st lunar month of 1851: Ebijűr˘ goes to Ky˘to and plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of D˘shin and Onnanosuke in the drama "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto". He also plays the role of Tokijir˘ in the drama "Akegarasu Hana no Nureginu".
4th lunar month of 1853: Ebijűr˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Sadakur˘, Teraoka Heiemon, Takubei, Amakawaya Gihei and ďhashi Gengo in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
1st lunar month of 1854: Ebijűr˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Shund˘ Jir˘emon in the drama "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki". He also plays the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".
2nd lunar month of 1855: Ebijűr˘ plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori, Igami no Gonta and Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is produced by Arashi Kitsunosuke; his stage partners are Arashi San'emon IX (Shizuka Gozen) and Arashi Rikaku II (Sat˘ Tadanobu, Genkur˘, Kokingo, Kajiwara Kagetoki).
8th lunar month of 1858: Ebijűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai.
Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV was a talented 19th century tachiyaku actor, who was trained in Kamigata but also learnt a lot in the company of his master, the Edo star Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V. He perfectly delivered his lines and his field of excellence was bud˘goto in jidaimono.
The Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ line of actors
The Band˘ Jutar˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Gangyoku line of actors
The Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ line of actors
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