ICHIKAWA KODANJI V

Stage names:

Ichikawa Kodanji V In Japanese
Ichikawa Nedanji I In Japanese

Real name: Suwara Kiyosuke

Guild: Takashimaya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry name: Beish˘

Existence: 18th day of the 8th lunar month of 1850 ~ 6 May 1922

Connections:

Father: Ichikawa Kodanji IV

Brother: Ichikawa Sai'nyű I

Son: Ichikawa Beish˘ II

Adopted son: Ichikawa Kobunji III

Grandson: Ichikawa Nedanji II

Disciple: Ichikawa Komanosuke

Career:

1850: born in Edo in the district of Asakusa Saruwaka-ch˘.

5th lunar month of 1866: his father Ichikawa Kodanji IV dies.

2nd lunar month of 1867: he makes his first stage appearance at the Ichimuraza, where he receives the name of Ichikawa Nedanji I and plays 2 roles in the drama "Keisei Soga Kuruwa Kagami".

10th lunar month of 1872: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's zangirimono "Tsuki no En Masu no Igaguri"; Nedanji plays the role of K˘mori no Yasuz˘ [casting].

June 1876: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Hototogisu Date no Kikigaki"; Nedanji plays the roles of Kamura Tsuboki-no-Kami, Kurata Jingobei and Kond˘ Tatewaki [casting].

June 1878: Ichikawa Nedanji I takes the name of Ichikawa Kodanji V at the Shintomiza, playing in the drama "Matsu no Sakae Chiyoda no Shintoku".

October 1878: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Kodanji plays the roles of Hoshiemon's henchman Senta and ďzakaya Senkichi [casting].

February 1879: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Ningen Banji Kane no Yo no Naka"; Kodanji played the role of Seizaemon's daughter Oshina [casting].

16 July 1879: Kodanji takes part in the gala night at the Shintomiza in the honor of the General Ulysses S. Grant [more details].

March 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's masterpiece "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana"; Kodanji plays the roles of Kurayami no Ushimatsu and Miyazaki Kazuma [casting].

June 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's dance-drama "Tsuchi Gumo"; Kodanji plays the role of Watanabe Tsuna [casting].

August 1881: tour in Toyohashi; he meets up with his brother Ichikawa Udanji I.

September 1881 ~ Spring 1883: Kodanji performs in Kamigata with his brother.

Spring 1883 ~ November 1883: Kodanji performs in T˘ky˘ in both the Harukiza and the Shintomiza.

December 1883: tour in Nagoya.

March 1884 ~ June 1885: Kodanji performs in Kamigata with his brother.

July 1885: Kodanji is back in T˘ky˘ and performs at the Shintomiza.

May 1888: premiŔre at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame"; Kodanji plays the roles of Jiroku and Shigeyama Einoj˘ [casting].

March 1890: premiere at the Kiriza of Takeshiba Kisui's drama "Kami no Megumi Wag˘ no Torikumi"; Kodanji plays the role of tobi Utagawa-ch˘ Ch˘jir˘ [more details].

November 1893: Kodanji takes part in the opening ceremony of the Meijiza [more details].

October 1898: premiere at the Meijiza of Takeshiba Kisui's dance-drama "Sannin Katawa"; Kodanji plays the role of the blind man [casting].

March 1899: premiere at the Meijiza of the drama "Kurotegumi Kuruwa no Tatehiki", which gathers the main scenes from the sukerokumono part of Kawatake Shinshichi II's 1858 drama "Edo Zakura Kiyomizu Seigen"; Kodanji plays the roles of Ushiwaka Denji and Kinokuniya Bunzaemon [casting].

January 1914: revival at the Hong˘za of the drama "Gedatsu", a long-forgotten play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Kodanji plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki [more details].

Comments:

Ichikawa Kodanji V was a Meiji/Taish˘ actor, able to play both tachiyaku and onnagata roles. His forte were jitsugotoshi roles. Less brilliant than his amazing father Ichikawa Kodanji IV, he focused on classic dramas and was not involved in any of the reformist experiments which shook the Kabuki world.

Ichikawa Kodanji V playing of the Chinese merchant Beish˘ju in the drama "Ori Hime Shusu Enishi no Iroito", which was staged in May 1894 at the Meijiza

Print made by Y˘shű Chikanobu in 1883

The Ichikawa Nedanji line of actors

The Ichikawa Kodanji line of actors

 
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