ICHIKAWA DANSHIRď IV

Stage names:

Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Danko IV In Japanese
Ichikawa Kamejir˘ I In Japanese

Real name: Kinoshi Hiroyuki

Guild: Omodakaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Birthday: 20 July 1946

Connections:

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

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

Father: Ichikawa Danshir˘ III

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

Son: Ichikawa Ennosuke IV

Career:

April 1957: he made his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, performing under the name of Ichikawa Kamejir˘ I in the dance "Yuya".

May 1963: big name-taking ceremony for the Omodakaya guild at the Kabukiza; Ichikawa Ennosuke II, Ichikawa Danko III and Ichikawa Kamejir˘ I respectively took the names of Ichikawa En'˘ I, Ichikawa Ennosuke III and Ichikawa Danko IV [1]; the new Danko played the role of Ushiwakamaru in the danmari "Setsugekka Mie no Danmari".

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

18 November 1963: his father Ichikawa Danshir˘ III died.

May 1969: Ichikawa Danko IV took the name of Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Ushijima Chikara, Tar˘go, Kimura Seiz˘ and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in "Kagamiyama", "Kurozuka", "Kiri Hitoha" and "Kusazuribiki" [2]. This shűmei was part of a program commemorating the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Ichikawa En'˘ I.

April 1976: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Danshir˘ played the role of Ogasawara Haito [casting].

April 1977: revival at the Meijiza of Katsu Genz˘ II's drama "Kimi-wa-Fune Nami no Uwajima"; Danshir˘ played the role of ďhashi Uzen [casting].

May 1977: revival at the Minamiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Danshir˘ played the role of Koheiji [casting].

July 1977: revival at the Kabukiza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Ogasawara S˘d˘"; Danshir˘ played the role of Koheiji [casting].

September 1978: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Danshir˘ played the role of Kanaya Kingor˘ [casting].

April 1979: historic revival at the Meijiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV long-forgotten play "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise" (commonly called "Date no Jűyaku"); Danshir˘ played the role of ďe Onitsura [casting].

August 1979: revival at the National Theatre Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri"; Danshir˘ played the role of Kaisaka no Chűz˘ [casting].

July 1980: revival at the Kabukiza of the never-performed 5th act of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"; Danshir˘ played the role of Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan, in reality Taira no Noritsune [more details].

July 1981: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Hitori Tabi Gojűsan Tsugi"; Danshir˘ played the role of Akabori Mizuemon [casting].

April 1987: Danshir˘ took part in the revival at the Meijiza of the play "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura", which included the famous Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Tsumoru Koi Yuki no seki no To" [more details].

January 1995: Danshir˘ took part in the 14th Kabuki performances at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sh˘chiku Company [more details].

March 2007: tour in Paris (France); Danshir˘ played at the Palais Garnier the role of Hitachib˘ Kaison in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘", which celebrated the Ichikawa clan [more details].

March 2009: Kabuki adaptation by the famous stage director Ninagawa Yukio of Shakespeareĺs "Twelfth Night", which was entitled "Ninagawa Jűniya", from the 24th to the 28th of March 2009 in London (UK) at the Barbican Theater; Danshir˘ played the role of Isoemon (the Captain) [more details]. The same play was staged with the same casting in June 2009 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and in July 2009 at the Sh˘chikuza.

June 2012: Danshir˘'s brother Ichikawa Ennosuke III and Danshir˘'s son Ichikawa Kamejir˘ II took the respective names of Ichikawa En'˘ II and Ichikawa Ennosuke IV at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, performing in a special program which celebrated the hatsubutai of both Ichikawa Chűsha IX and Ichikawa Danko V and commemorated the 49th anniversary (50th memorial service) of late Ichikawa En'˘ I and Ichikawa Danshir˘ III [more details]; Danshir˘ played the role of Kawatsura H˘gen in "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata".

July 2012: second month of shűmei for the Omodakaya guild at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘; Danshir˘ performed in "Sanmon" [more details].

March 2013: Ichikawa En'˘ II, Ichikawa Ennosuke IV and Ichikawa Chűsha IX celebrated their shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza; Danshir˘ played the role of Kawatsura H˘gen in "Kawatsura H˘gen Yakata".

Comments:

Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV is a retired Kabuki actor, who used to be a popular and talented katakiyaku of the Omodakaya guild.

[1] The supporting actors Ichikawa Shun'en I and Ichikawa Masutar˘ also took the names of Ichikawa Matsuo III and Ichikawa Dan'en II.

[2] The stage parter of Danshir˘ in "Kusazuribiki" was Nakamura Utaemon VI in the role of Maizuru.

Ichikawa Danshir˘ IV playing the role of Benkei in the drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘"
Print courtesy of Paul Binnie (all rights reserved)

The Ichikawa Kamejir˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Danko line of actors

The Ichikawa Danshir˘ line of actors

 
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