ICHIKAWA DANSHIRď III

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danshir˘ III In Japanese
Ichikawa Danko II In Japanese

Real name: Kinoshi Masanori

Guild: Omodakaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: 5 October 1908 ~ 18 November 1963

Connection:

Grandfather: Ichikawa Danshir˘ II (Ichikawa Ennosuke I)

Father: Ichikawa En'˘ I (Ichikawa Ennosuke II)

Sons: Ichikawa En'˘ II (Ichikawa Ennosuke III), Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV

Grandsons: Ichikawa Chűsha IX, Ichikawa Ennosuke IV

Career:

October 1913: he made his first stage appearance, at the T˘ky˘za, where he received the name of Ichikawa Danko II.

September 1919: premiere at the Kabukiza of the Kiyomoto-based dance "Sumidagawa" (a adapted for Kabuki by Yamazaki Shik˘ with a musical accompaniment made by Kiyomoto Umekichi II); Danko played the role of the spirit of Umewakamaru [casting].

6 February 1922: his grandfather Ichikawa Danshir˘ II died.

Summer 1928: Danko joined the troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji II, who organized the first tour of a Kabuki troupe outside Japan. The destination was the USSR and the troupe performed in Moscow and Leningrad [more details].

July 1930: Ichikawa Danko II took the name of Ichikawa Danshir˘ III at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Kot˘ta in the drama "Kamahige".

April 1935: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Saigo no Daihy˘j˘", the third play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Danshir˘ played the roles of ďishi Matsunoj˘ and Kataoka Gengoemon [casting].

April 1936: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of "Ninin Sanbas˘", a 2-dancer version of the Sanbas˘ dance, starring Danshir˘ and his father Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

November 1939: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of Kimura Tomiko's dance-drama "Kurozuka"; Danshir˘ played the role of Tar˘go [casting].

October 1955: first Kabuki tour in the Popular Republic of China, in Beijing (2~13 october), Shanghai (17~18 october) and Guangzhou (24~25 october); Danshir˘ played the role of Togashi in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" [casting].

June 1959: Danshir˘ played at the T˘yoko Hall the role of Matsunaga Daizen in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Princess Yuki and Konoshita T˘kichi were played by Sawamura Tossh˘ V and Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ III.

July 1961: second Kabuki tour in the USSR, in Moscow (3~16 July, Vakhtangov Theatre) and Leningrad (20~31 July, Lensoviet Cultural Palace); Danshir˘ played the role of Father Lion and Senoo Tar˘ Kaneyasu in the dance "Renjishi" and the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

May 1962: Danshir˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the T˘ky˘ Takarazuka Theater, where he performed in the T˘h˘ Kabuki dramas "R˘mon no Satsujin", "Otoko no Hanamichi" and "Shunkashűt˘".

May 1963: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for the Omodakaya guild; Danshir˘'s father Ichikawa Ennosuke II, his elder son Ichikawa Danko III and his younger son Ichikawa Kamejir˘ I respectively took the names of Ichikawa En'˘ I, Ichikawa Ennosuke III and Ichikawa Danko IV. Danshir˘, who had some health troubles, appeared on stage only for the k˘j˘.

12 June 1963: his father Ichikawa En'˘ I died.

18 November 1963: a few month after his father, Danshir˘ died because of a sarcoma.

Comments:

Ichikawa Danshir˘ III was a tachiyaku actor, who did not reach the levels of fame of his father Ichikawa En'˘ I or his elder son Ichikawa Ennosuke III but was a steady mainstay of the Omodakaya guild. His best roles were Tar˘go ("Kurozuka"), Hayami no T˘ta ("Yoshinoyama") and Iwanaga Saemon ("Akoya"). He was married to the movie actress Takasugi Sanae and he was also a movie actor, performing in 14 movies between 1949 and 1962. The most notable one was the 1952 xxx movie "Kenka Yasubŕ", in which he played the role of Yasubŕ.

Ichikawa Danshir˘ III in a print made by Natori Shunsen in 1952

The Ichikawa Danko line of actors

The Ichikawa Danshir˘ line of actors

 
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