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Shitai (下居)

A movement form in Noh and Kyōgen acting: to sit with one knee drawn up and the instep of the opposite leg on the floor. The knee drawn up differs by school and role. If performed on a temporary basis, shitai (literally “being low”) may done with both toes on the floor. During shitai, the hips may also be raised when the performer looks into the distance. As with other variable forms, the style is not uniform, and various roles are expressed by subtly changing the way the knees are opened, the amount of tension in the chest, and the tension in the body. The form is also called “shita-ni-iru”.

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