|ICHIKAWA DANZď VI|
Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)
Poetry names: San'en, Dan'en
Existence: 1800 ~ 22nd day of the 10th lunar month of 1871 
Father: Ichikawa Aragor˘ I
Master: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII
Adopted mother: Ichikawa Danz˘ V's widow
Son: Ichikawa Teruyo II
Adopted son: Ichikawa Danz˘ VII
1800: born in Edo. He was the son of the actor Ichikawa Aragor˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1813: Teruyo became the disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Sanz˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1816: Ichikawa Sanz˘ I took the name of Ichikawa Momotar˘ I at the Kawarasakiza, performing in the kaomise drama "Kiyomori Eiga no Utena", which also celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Bajű II, S˘ry˘ Jinroku II, Sakata Hanjűr˘, Band˘ Matajűr˘ III, Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ III and Ichikawa Kodanji III.
1831: he went back to ďsaka and took the name of Ichikawa Hakuz˘ I.
Fall 1835: Hakuz˘ went back to Edo after 11 years spent in Kamigata or on tour.
4th lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Moritaza of the drama "Hakkenden Uwasa no Takadono"; Kuz˘ played the roles of Inukai Genpachi Nobumichi, Inusaka Keno, Horiuchi Kurando Sadayuki, Yamabayashi Fusahachi and the monk Hakuunb˘ [casting].
11th lunar month of 1838: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Nakamura Jűsuke IV's Tokiwazu-based dance "Hanabutai Kasumi no Saruhiki", commonly called "Utsubo Zaru"; Kuz˘ played the role of the female lord [casting].
8th lunar month of 1852: Kuz˘ was adopted by the widow of the actor Ichikawa Danz˘ V.
10th lunar month of 1852: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II took the name of Ichikawa Danz˘ VI at the Kado no Shibai (ďsaka), performing in the drama "Kin'ugyoku to Wakoku no Irifune".
5th lunar month of 1854: Danz˘ plays for the first time the role of Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which was staged at the Chikugo no Shibai (ďsaka); his stage partners were Nakamura Tamashichi I (Chidori) and Arashi Rikaku II (Senoo Tar˘).
4th lunar month of 1856: tour in Ise; Danz˘ plays for the second time the role of the exiled priest Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which was staged at the Naka-no-Jiz˘ no Shibai; his stage partners were Fujikawa Tomokichi III (Chidori) and Nakayama Ichiz˘ (Senoo Jűr˘).
6th lunar month of 1856: tour in Nagoya; Danz˘ plays for the third time the role of the exiled priest Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which was staged at the Wakamiya no Shibai; his stage partners were the same as the 4th lunar month performance.
9th lunar month of 1856: Danz˘ went back to Edo; he achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the roles of Akoya, Kagekiyo and Masayuki in the drama "Hatsuyuki Tomimasu no Kagekiyo".
5th lunar month of 1859: Danz˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Z˘ho Natsu Matsuri Otoko Kagami"; his stage partners in the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ, Tokubŕ and Otatsu were Nakamura Fukusuke I, Ichikawa Kuz˘ III and Arashi Hinasuke VI.
1st lunar month of 1860: the 1762 puppet drama "Kishi no Himematsu Kutsuwa Kagami" (commonly called "Kishi Hime") was adapted for the first time to Kabuki, in Edo at the Moritaza; it was integrated within the new year sogamono drama "Momo Chidori Nigiwai Soga" and Danz˘ played the role of Iihara Hy˘e Suekage [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1862: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Aoto Z˘shi Hana no Nishikie" (commonly called "Shiranami Gonin Otoko"), in which Danz˘ played the role of Hamamatsuya K˘bŕ [casting].
Fall 1870: Danz˘ went on tour in Nagoya, performing at the Tachibana no Shibai. Then, he settled in ďsaka and fell seriously ill.
22nd day of the 10th lunar month of 1871 : Danz˘ died in ďsaka.
Ichikawa Danz˘ VI was a talented tachiyaku, who made a name for himself in Edo, ďsaka and Ky˘to (as did his two predecessors in the line). Able to play in both jidaimono and sewamono, he was particularly appreciated in wagoto or bud˘goto roles. He was also able to play female roles, like Akoya in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki". He had the reputation to be reluctant to play extravagant roles and, just like Ichikawa Danz˘ V, gave importance to both realism and classicism in his way of acting.
Ichikawa Danz˘ VI gathered eight roles popularized by Ichikawa Danz˘ I and Ichikawa Danz˘ II in a special collection called Kogeki no Hasshu. This long-forgotten collection included the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo, Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna and ďmori Hikoshichi.
 The 22nd day of the 10th lunar month of the 4th year of the Meiji era was the 4th of December 1871 in the western calendar.
 The 9th day of the 10th lunar month of the 5th year of the Bunka era was the 26th of November 1808 in the western calendar.
 The long-forgotten name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ was first held by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II from the 5th lunar month of 1697 to the 6th lunar month of 1704. Then it was held by Ichikawa Kuz˘ from the 11th lunar month of 1718 to the 7th lunar month of 1720, who was never considered as an official holder of the name.
 The 6th day of the 6th lunar month of the 2nd year of the K˘ka era was the 10th of July 1845 in the western calendar.
Ichikawa Danz˘ VI playing the role of Akoya in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I (1851~1853)
The Ichikawa Teruyo line of actors
The Ichikawa Momotar˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Hakuz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Kuz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Danz˘ line of actors
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