ICHIKAWA EBIZď XI

Stage names:

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI In Japanese
Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII In Japanese

Real name: Horikoshi Takatoshi

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: J█ICHIDAIME (XI)

Birthday: 6 December 1977

Connections:

Great-grandfather: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII

Grandfather: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI

Father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII

Career:

May 1983: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, in the play "Genji Monogatari".

May 1985: he receives the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII at the Kabukiza, playing in the drama "Uir˘ Uri".

January 2000: Shinnosuke plays for the first time the prestigious role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura", which is performed at the Shimbashi Embuj˘.

March 2001: Shinnosuke plays at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ the roles of Hayano Kampei (only in the "Ochiudo" dance) and Sadakur˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the deaths of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

September 2002: last Kabuki performance for Shinnosuke before a long TV break. He plays the role of Sasahara Yogor˘ in the drama "Tsuruga no Matsu Chitose no Taihei" and a fireman boss in the dance "Omatsuri", which are staged at the Shimbashi Embuj˘.

Fall 2002 ~ Fall 2003: Shinnosuke is the leading star of the NHK TV series "Musashi", based on the life of the popular hero Miyamoto Musashi (1584~1645), who searched for enlightenment by the Way of the (wooden) sword.

November 2003: Shinnosuke is back in the Kabuki world, playing the role of ... Miyamoto Musashi in the eponymous Kabuki drama, which is staged at the Shimbashi Embuj˘.

December 2003: Shinnosuke plays for the first time the prestigious role of the warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the "Sanemori Monogatari" scene of the epic drama "Gempei Nunobiki no Taki", which is staged at the Kabukiza.

May 2004: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII takes the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa, Kisuke, Togashi and Isobe Kazuenosuke in the dramas "Shibaraku", "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba", "Kanjinch˘" and "Sakanaya S˘gor˘". His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII, who shares the stage with him in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" and the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", suddenly falls ill and has to be replaced.

June 2004: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrates his second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of the spirit of the Lion in the dance "Kagami Jishi" and Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". His stage partner in the role of Sukeroku's lover Agemaki is Band˘ Tamasabur˘. His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ is unfortunately on sick leave.

July 2004: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrates his shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza, playing the roles of Yosabur˘ and the warrior monk Musashib˘ Benkei in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" and the dance "Kanjinch˘". His stage partner in the former play in the role of Yosabur˘'s lover Otomi is Onoe Kikunosuke. His stage partners in the latter play in the roles of Togashi and Yoshitsune are Kataoka Nizaemon and Nakamura Ganjir˘. His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ is unfortunately on sick leave.

September 2004: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrates his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza, playing the roles of Hikaru-no-Kimi and Sukeroku in the dramas "Genji Monogatari" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". His father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ is unfortunately on sick leave.

October 2004: tour in Paris (France); Ebiz˘ celebrates his shűmei in Paris at the ThÚÔtre de Chaillot, playing the roles of Kikuchi Hankur˘ and the lady-in-waiting Yayoi (possessed by the spirit of a Lion) in the drama "Toribeyama Shinjű" and the dance "Kagami Jishi". This unusual event celebrates also the recovery of his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘, who is back on stage in the role of Sakata Ichinosuke in the drama "Toribeyama Shinjű" [more details].

December 2004: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrates his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, playing the roles of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa and Sukeroku in the dramas "Shibaraku" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

June 2005: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrates his shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza, playing the roles of Hikaru-no-Kimi and Sukeroku in the dramas "Genji Monogatari" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

July 2005: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrates his shűmei in the Eastern Provinces, playing the role of the warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari".

September 2005: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI celebrates his shűmei in the Western Provinces, playing the role of the warrior Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori in the drama "Sanemori Monogatari" and the leading role of the dance "Omatsuri"; he has to replace in the latter role his father, who unfortunately falls ill again.

May ~ June 2006: Kabuki tour in Western Europe, in London at the Sadler's Wells (31 May~11 June) and in Amsterdam at the Stadsschouwburg (15~18 June); Ebiz˘ plays the roles of the spirit of the wisteria and Yoemon in "Fuji Musume" and "Kasane" [more details].

March 2007: tour in Paris (France); Ebiz˘ plays at the Palais Garnier the roles of Musashib˘ Benkei/Togashi (in alternance with his father) and Princess Sarashina (in reality the ogress of Mount Togakushi) in the dance-dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Momijigari", which celebrate the Ichikawa clan [more details].

January 2008: revival at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura", which celebrates the 1070th anniversary of the Naritasan temple, where the Deity Fud˘ My˘˘ is worshipped; Ebiz˘ plays the roles of the wicked priest Narukami, Kumedera Danj˘, the deity Fud˘ My˘˘, Abe no Kiyoyuki and Hayakumo no ďji [casting].

September 2009: short Kabuki tour in Monaco for the Naritaya guild; Ebiz˘ plays the role of the lady-in-waiting Yayoi (possessed by the spirit of a Lion) in the dance-drama "Kagami Jishi" [more details].

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); Ebiz˘ plays the roles of Sat˘ Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ [more details].

Comments:

Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI is a young, talented and extremely popular tachiyaku actor. An old geisha in Ky˘to, who was a real Kabuki connoisseur, used to say that he would be the worthy heir of his grandfather Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI.

Official website: http://www.ichikawaebizo.com/

The Ichikawa Shinnosuke line of actors

The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors

 
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