|ICHIKAWA KODANJI V|
Real name: Suwara Kiyosuke
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Poetry name: Beish˘
Existence: 18th day of the 8th lunar month of 1850 ~ 6 May 1922
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
1850: born in Edo in the district of Asakusa Saruwaka-ch˘.
5th lunar month of 1866: his father Ichikawa Kodanji IV dies.
3rd lunar month of 1870: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kusunoki-ryű Hanami no Makuhari" (commonly called "Keian Taiheiki" or "Marubashi Chűya"); Nedanji plays the roles of Takayasu Shigejir˘ and Takakichi (or K˘kichi?) [more details].
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".
June 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's jidaimono "Youchi Soga Kariba no Akebono" [casting]; Kodanji plays the role of Gosho no Goromaru Fuyuyasu. Premiere in the same theater of Kawatake Shinshichi II's dance-drama "Tsuchi Gumo", which is staged to commemorate the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ III; 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.
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.
July 1890: premiere at the Shintomiza of "Kiyomasa Seichűroku", a revised version of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1875 drama "Minori no Aki Seish˘ Denki". It was part of a special 2-day gala program starring Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX; Kodanji plays the role of Ikeda Terumasa [more details].
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].
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
The Ichikawa Nedanji line of actors
The Ichikawa Kodanji line of actors
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