|ICHIKAWA DANZď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Shik˘
Existence: 1684 ~ 5th day of the 4th lunar month of 1740 
Father (?): Matsumoto Shirosabur˘
Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I
Brother: Ichikawa Danzabur˘ I
Adopted son: Ichikawa Danz˘ III
1684 ~ 1698: born in Edo. His father worked as a t˘dori at the Moritaza. He became disciple of the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and started his career as a wakashugata named Ichikawa Dannosuke. Later on, he changed the first ideogram of his first name dan:
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3rd lunar month of 1698: Ichikawa Dannosuke I took the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ I, performing at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Kant˘ Koroku"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I and Ogino Sawanoj˘.
1st lunar month of 1713: Danz˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Danz˘ achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Danshichi in the new year drama "ďkazari Kan˘ Soga".
1716: Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II had a deep quarrel.
2nd lunar month of 1717: Danz˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Keisei Fuji no Takane"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Katsuyama Matagor˘ and Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1727: Danz˘ moved to the Moritaza and played the role of Hata Rokur˘zaemon in the kaomise drama "H˘nen Taiheiki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Monnosuke I, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Sakata Hangor˘ I, Tamazawa K˘jűr˘ (who celebrated his shűmei), Fujimura Handayű II, Sodesaki Miwano I, Tsuruya Nanboku I and Yamamoto Hanasato.
11th lunar month of 1731: reconciliation for the actors Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, who ended a 17 years long quarrel and performed together at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Wag˘ Ichiji Taiheiki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata star Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I. Danz˘ and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II respectively played the roles of Kusunoki Masanori and Kusunoki Masatsura.
11th lunar month of 1737: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarasakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo"; Danz˘ played the role of Kagekiyo [casting]. The final act of this play was a confrontation scene between Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Danz˘ in the roles of the statue of Kan U and the statue of Ch˘ Hi (Kan U and Ch˘ Hi were two legendary Chinese generals), which was commonly called "Kan U" (Kabuki Jűhachiban).
11th lunar month of 1739: Danz˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki". He adopted his disciple Ichikawa Jir˘za and gave him the name of Ichikawa Danzabur˘ II.
1st lunar month of 1740: Danz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he played the role of Kagekiyo in the drama "Hime Kazari Nishiki Soga", written by Hayakawa Denshir˘ and Nakamura Seizabur˘ II.
5th day of the 4th lunar month of 1740 : Danz˘ died in Edo.
 The 5th day of the 4th lunar month of the 5th year of the Genbun era was the 30th of April 1740 in the western calendar.
 The 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 17th year of the Genroku era was the 24th of March 1704 in the western calendar.
Ichikawa Danz˘ I in a print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1721
The Ichikawa Dannosuke line of actors
The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors
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