roppo


   Kabuki theater is a theater of dance and gesture; among those performance traditions that combine both dance and gesture are styles of walking. The most common of these walking styles is roppo, which means "movement in six directions. This walk characterizes strong, noble, or heroic characters and consists of exaggerated movements and a swaggering walk. In histories of kabuki, it is said that this movement is an exaggeration of the strutting (tanzen roppo ) that young men would do in the pleasure quarters.

   There are several types of roppo , the most dramatic of which is tobi roppo, or the "flying walk." In tobi roppo , the actor springs and leaps across the stage or hanimichi, while vigorously moving his arms and legs in all directions.