|ICHIKAWA SADANJI IV|
Real name: Arakawa Kin'ya
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Existence: 12 November 1940 ~ 15 April 2023
Grandfather: Ichikawa Monnosuke VI
Father: Ichikawa Sadanji III
Son: Ichikawa Omez˘ VI
Grandson: Ichikawa Otora VII
12 November 1940: born in T˘ky˘.
February 1962: Ichikawa Otora V took the name of Ichikawa Omez˘ V at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Yawata no Sabur˘ (and a taiko mochi) and M˘ri Terumoto in "Tsurugaoka Tsugiki no Ishizue" and "Izumo Okuni" .
3 October 1969: his father Ichikawa Sadanji III died.
February 1979: Ichikawa Omez˘ V took the name of Ichikawa Sadanji IV at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Hidari Jingor˘, a kakubŕ and Kumedera Danj˘ in "Ky˘ Ningy˘", "Echigo Jishi" and "Kenuki" .
Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Sadanji played the roles of Narita Gor˘, the magistrate, Zangetsu and Watanabe Tsuna in "Shibaraku", "Tachi Nusubito", "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘" and "Tsuchi-gumo", which celebrate the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].
March 2001: Sadanji played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of K˘ no Moron˘ 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 deaths of late Onoe Sh˘roku II and Onoe Baik˘ VII.
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; Sadanji played the role of T˘in Kanemichi (Sir Toby Belch) [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.
November 2014: the Annual Festive Face-Showing Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorated the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of the passing away of Matsumoto Haku˘ I. His two sons, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ and Living National Treasure Nakamura Kichiemon, were the zagashira [more details].
April 2023: Sadanji appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of Izutsuya Tazaemon in the drama "Kirare Yosa"; he fell ill the 11th of April and had to be replaced by Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘.
15 April 2023: Sadanji passed away.
Ichikawa Sadanji IV's best roles: K˘ no Moron˘ ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Ikyű ("Sukeroku"), Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune ("Soga no Taimen"), Senoo Tar˘ ("Shunkan"), Senoo Jűr˘ ("Sanemori Monogatari"), Hoshikage Doemon ("Gosho no Goroz˘"), the okugata ("Migawari Zazen"), ďba Sabur˘ ("Ishikiri Kajiwara"), Takuetsu ("T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"), Takarai Kikaku ("Matsuura no Taiko"), Arai Kageyu ("Ohama Goten"), the yanushi Ch˘bŕ ("Kamiyui Shinza") and the old man ("Yűgao Dana").
Ichikawa Sadanji IV playing the role of Sagisaka Bannai in the michiyuki "Michiyuki Tabiji no Hanamuko" in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in May 1988
The Ichikawa Otora line of actors
The Ichikawa Omez˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Sadanji line of actors
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