ICHIKAWA ENNOSUKE IV

Stage names:

Ichikawa Ennosuke IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Kamejir˘ II In Japanese

Real name: Kinoshi Takahiko

Guild: Omodakaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Birthday: 26 November 1975

Connections:

Great-great-grandfather: Ichikawa Danshir˘ II (Ichikawa Ennosuke I)

Great-grandfather: Ichikawa En'˘ I (Ichikawa Ennosuke II)

Grandfather: Ichikawa Danshir˘ III

Father: Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV

Uncle: Ichikawa En'˘ II (Ichikawa Ennosuke III)

Career:

July 1980: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, playing the role of the child emperor Antoku in the classic "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura".

July 1983: he becomes Ichikawa Kamejir˘ II at the Kabukiza by playing the role of Kamuro Tayori in the dance "Modori Kago Iro ni Aikata".

July 1998: Kamejir˘ becomes nadai and celebrates it by playing the role of Osato in the "Sushiya" scene of the play "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura", which is staged at the Kabukiza.

January 2000: Kamejir˘ plays for the first time the prestigious role of Princess Taema in the play "Narukami", which is staged in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza. The role of Narukami is played by his father Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV.

August 2001: Kamejir˘ takes part in a Kabuki show in Houston (Texas) at the Museum of Fine Arts.

August 2002: first edition of the program of the association Kamejir˘ no Kai; Kamejir˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Shunjűza the roles of Tamate Gozen and the spirit of the shishi in "Gapp˘ Anshitsu" and "Kagami Jishi".

August 2003: 2nd edition of the program of the association Kamejir˘ no Kai; Kamejir˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Shunjűza the roles of the Wisteria Maiden, the sh˘j˘ and the wandering woman Hanjo-no-Mae in "Fuji Musume", "Sh˘j˘" and "Sumidagawa".

August 2004: 3rd edition of the program of the association Kamejir˘ no Kai; Kamejir˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Shunjűza the roles of Ichij˘ ďkura Naganari and the Heron Maiden in "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari" and "Sagi Musume".

August 2005: 4th edition of the program of the association Kamejir˘ no Kai; Kamejir˘ plays in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre the roles of Ofuna and Shizuka/Tomomori in "Yaguchi no Watashi" and "Funa Benkei".

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); Kamejir˘ plays the role of Kasane in "Kasane" [more details].

August 2006: 5th edition of the program of the association Kamejir˘ no Kai; Kamejir˘ plays in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre the roles of Sadat˘/Sodehagi and the celestial creature in "Sodehagi Saimon" and "Ama-kudaru Keisei".

January 2007: Kamejir˘ receives the Terayama Shűji Award of the 6th Asahi Performing Arts Awards (2006).

March 2007: tour in Paris (France); Kamejir˘ plays at the Palais Garnier the roles of Yoshitsune and the Mountain God in the dance-dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Momijigari", which celebrate the Ichikawa clan [more details].

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; Kamejir˘ plays the role of Maa (Maria) [more details]. The same play is staged with the same casting in June 2009 at the Shimbashi Embuj˘ and in July 2009 at the Sh˘chikuza.

June 2012: Ichikawa Kamejir˘ II and his uncle Ichikawa Ennosuke III take the respective names of Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa En'˘ II at the Shimbashi Embuj˘, performing in a special program which celebrates the hatsubutai of both Ichikawa Chűsha IX and Ichikawa Danko V and commemorates the 49th anniversary (50th memorial service) of late Ichikawa En'˘ I and Ichikawa Danshir˘ III; the new Ennosuke plays the roles of Tadanobu and Yamato Takeru in "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata" and "Yamato Takeru" [more details].

July 2012: Ichikawa Ennosuke IV celebrates his second month of shűmei at the Shimbashi Embuj˘, playing the roles of Yamato Takeru and the old woman Iwate (in reality the ogress) in "Yamato Takeru" and "Kurozuka" [more details].

January 2013: Ichikawa En'˘ II, Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrate their shűmei in ďsaka at the Sh˘chikuza; the new Ennosuke plays the role of Tadanobu/the fox Genkur˘ in both "Yoshinoyama" and "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata" [more details].

March 2013: Ichikawa En'˘ II, Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrate their shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza; the new Ennosuke plays the roles of the old woman Iwate (in reality the ogress) and Tadanobu/the fox Genkur˘ in "Kurozuka" and "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata" [more details].

19th March 2013: Ennosuke performes for the 100 times the role of Tadanobu/the fox Genkur˘ in "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata", in Nagoya at the Misonoza.

27th March 2013: Ennosuke receives at the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in T˘ky˘ the Excellence Prize (yűsh˘ sh˘) of the 34th Matsuo Artistic Prizes (Matsuo Gein˘ Sh˘).

April 2013: Ichikawa Ennosuke IV celebrates his shűmei at the Kanamaruza (Shikoku); the new Ennosuke plays the roles of Tadanobu/the fox Genkur˘ and Sodehagi/Abe no Sadat˘ in "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata" and "Sodehagi Saimon" [more details].

June 2013: Ichikawa En'˘ II, Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrate their shűmei in Fukuoka at the Hakataza; Ennosuke plays the role of Yamato Takeru and Tadanobu/the fox Genkur˘ in "Yamato Takeru" and "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata" [more details].

July 2013: Ichikawa Ennosuke IV celebrates his shűmei in the eastern provinces [more details].

December 2013: Ichikawa En'˘ II, Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrate their shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza; Ennosuke plays the role of Tadanobu/the fox Genkur˘ and the old woman Iwate (in reality the ogress) in "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata" and "Kurozuka" [more details].

Comments:

Ichikawa Ennosuke IV is a young, popular and talented actor.

Check his official website (http://www.ennosuke.info/) for more details and great photographes.

Ichikawa Ennosuke IV playing the role of the fox Tadanobu in the drama "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura" (woodcut print made by Tachihara Inuki)

The Ichikawa Kamejir˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Ennosuke line of actors

 
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