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Jiutaikata (地謡方)

The chorus of performers that sings the verses to certain Noh sequences, around eight jiutaikata sit in the jiutaiza, or “chorus seats,” to the right of the stage. As their performances are closely related to the shite’s performance, the jiutaikata role is played by a shite performer. While there were performers that played only the role of jiutai during the Edo era, modern performers almost always play the roles of both the tachikata and jiutai, and are known as the shitekata. Jiutai, or simply ji, is used in referring to the performers the play the role of jiutai. While jiutai also appear in kyōgen, kyōgenkata performers play these roles.

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