battari


   Kabuki theater is a musical theater, with music provided by an offstage ensemble (geza) or an on-stage ensemble (debayashi). Geza ensembles are composed of a variety of instruments, one of the most important of which is the tsuke. The word is actually tsuke uchi, or "accompagniment beating," and is performed on the left side of the stage on a wooden board with two hard, wooden sticks. The tsuke player beats time to the movement of the actors' kata on stage. Whenever an actor runs on or off stage, this running is accompanied by a regular beating called bata bata.