Nanban Posture in Kabuki Dance

There are several basic techniques for holding the body in kabuki dance.

One basic posture is called nanban (ナンバン or 南蛮) and consists of putting forward both the upper body--shoulder, arm, and torso--and the lower body--leg and hip--of the same side at the same time. This diagonal stance is used when a performer wants to convey a sense of great strength:


Bandō Kotoji demonstrates the nanban posture with the mie frozen pose.
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This stance is also used in walking, again to convey strength on the part of the character:

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Bandō Kotoji performs the nanban walk in Ryūsei
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