batan


   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. Mie gets four beats: one beat as the actor makes the first preparatory moves, and three beats slowly pounded out for the mie itself. These three beats counting out the mie are called battari. But sometimes only two beats are sounded; these are called batan.