ICHIKAWA DANJ█Rď XII

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII In Japanese
Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X In Japanese
Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI In Japanese
Ichikawa Natsuo In Japanese

Real name: Horikoshi Natsuo

Pen name: Mimasuya Hakuji

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: J█NIDAIME (XII)

Existence: 6 August 1946 ~ 3 February 2013

Connections:

Grandfather: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII

Father: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI

Son: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI

Disciples: Ichikawa Shinz˘ VI, Ichikawa Shinjűr˘ IV

Career:

27 January 1949: his grandfather Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII died.

October 1953: he made his first appearance on stage, at the Kabukiza, where he received the name of Ichikawa Natsuo and played in the drama "Daitokuji".

1 February 1956: the adoptive father of his father Ichikawa Sansh˘ V died [1].

13 January 1957: Ichikawa Shinnosuke V, the son-in-law of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX, died.

May 1958: Ichikawa Natsuo took the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Ushiwakamaru in the danmari "Kaze Kaoru Kurama no Irodori" [2].

10 November 1965: his father Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI died.

September 1966: Shinnosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Yosabur˘ in the "Gen'ya Dana" scene of the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi"; the role of Otomi was played by Onoe Kikunosuke IV.

February 1967: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Dattan"; Shinnosuke played the role of a rengy˘shű [casting].

August 1968: Shinnosuke plays for the first time the prestigious role of Narukami in the eponymous play, which was staged at the National Theatre; the role of princess Taema was played by Ichikawa Monnosuke VII.

November 1969: Ichikawa Shinnosuke VI took the name of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Sukeroku and Togashi in the play "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura" and the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘".

September 1970: Ebiz˘ and Band˘ Tamasabur˘, a very popular and successful duo, performed together for the first time in the classic "Narukami", which was staged at the Kabukiza; Ebiz˘ and Band˘ Tamasabur˘ played the roles of Narukami and Princess Taema.

February 1976: revival at the Kabukiza of a 5-act revised version of Funahashi Seiichi's drama "Ejima Ikushima"; Ebiz˘ played the role of the Kabuki actor Ikushima Shingor˘ [casting].

April 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Keisei Hama no Masago"; Ebiz˘ played the roles of Sanni no Goroshichi and Toyotomi Hisatsugu [casting].

April 1985: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ X took the name of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Benkei and Sukeroku in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" and the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

May 1985: Danjűr˘ celebrated his second month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa, Soga Gor˘ and Benkei in the plays "Shibaraku", "Uir˘ Uri" and "Kanjinch˘"; his stage partners in "Kanjinch˘" were Onoe Sh˘roku II (Togashi) and Nakamura Utaemon VI (Yoshitsune).

June 1985: Danjűr˘ celebrated his third month of shűmei at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Oda Nobunaga, Narukami and Sukeroku in the dramas "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga", "Narukami" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

Summer 1985: Danjűr˘ celebrated his shűmei in the USA, playing the roles of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa and Minamoto Raik˘ in the bombastic drama "Shibaraku" and the dance-drama "Tsuchi Gumo" [more details].

October 1985: Danjűr˘ celebrated his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza, playing the roles of Benkei and Sukeroku in the plays "Kanjinch˘" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

December 1985: Danjűr˘ celebrated his shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, playing the roles of Benkei and Sukeroku in the dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

January 1986: Danjűr˘ celebrated his comeback at the Kabukiza after the great shűmei of 1985, performing in a great new year show the roles of Soga Gor˘ and Osh˘ Kichisa in the dramas "Ya-no-Ne" and "Sannin Kichisa".

April 1986: Danjűr˘ celebrated his shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza, playing the roles of Benkei and Sukeroku in the dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura".

January 1997: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; Danjűr˘ played the roles of Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo and the priest Seki-ga-Hara Jinnai (in reality Iba-no-Jűz˘ Kazuyoshi) [casting].

January 1999: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's zangirimono "Irogoyomi Gen'yadana"; Danjűr˘ played the role of Yosabur˘ [casting].

March 2000: an amazing threesome at the Kabukiza for the performance of "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". Danjűr˘ plays Ume˘maru, with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Onoe Kikugor˘ in the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru.

March 2001: Danjűr˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged by the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan to commemorate the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) and the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

November 2001: Danjűr˘ played the 3 leading roles of Tadanobu, Gonta and Tomomori in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged as a t˘shi ky˘gen at the National Theatre.

May 2004: Danjűr˘ played the roles of Fukuoka Mitsugi and Benkei in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" and the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", which were staged at the Kabukiza to celebrate the shűmei of his son Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI. He suddenly fell ill the 9th (first symptoms of a leukemia) and had to be replaced. He stopped acting up to Fall 2004.

October 2004: Danjűr˘ was back on stage ... in France at the ThÚÔtre de Chaillot, playing the role of Sakata Ichinosuke in the drama "Toribeyama Shinjű", which celebrated the shűmei in Paris of his son Ichikawa Ebiz˘ XI [more details].

August 2005: Danjűr˘ fell ill again. He had to be hospitalized and to be on sick leave for at least 6 months.

May 2006: Danjűr˘ was back on stage and played at the Kabukiza the role of the uir˘ peddler, in reality Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, in the drama "Uir˘ Uri".

March 2007: tour in Paris (France); Danjűr˘ played at the Palais Garnier the roles of Togashi/Benkei (in alternance with his son) and Taira no Koremochi in the dance-dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Momijigari" [more details].

January 2009: revival at the National Theatre of "Z˘hiki", a bombastic play in the aragoto style belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Danjűr˘ played the role of the warrior Mita no Genji Takeru [casting].

September 2009: short Kabuki tour in Monaco for the Naritaya guild; Danjűr˘ played the role of the evil priest Narukami in the drama "Narukami" [more details].

December 2012: Danjűr˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, where he played the roles of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki and Benkei in "Ishikiri Kajiwara" and "Funa Benkei"; falling ill, he was replaced from the 18th of December by Nakamura Kanjaku and Nakamura Hashinosuke to perform the former and the latter roles.

15 December 2012: Danjűr˘ joined the prestigious Japan Art Academy (Nihon Geijutsuin).

3 February 2013: Danjűr˘ died of pneumonia in a T˘ky˘ Hospital.

Comments:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII was the holder of the most prestigious Kabuki name and an amazing tachiyaku actor.

Official internet website of the Naritaya guild: http://www.naritaya.jp/

[1] Ichikawa Sansh˘ V became posthumously Ichikawa Danjűr˘ X in 1962.

[2] This dance-drama was a revised version of "Kuramayama no Danmari".

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ playing the role of Benkei in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘"
Print courtesy of Paul Binnie (all rights reserved)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in 1988

The Ichikawa Shinnosuke line of actors

The Ichikawa Ebiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danjűr˘ line of actors

 
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