Kabukiplays and dances, like Western operas and ballets, have an endless variety of structures dependent on plots and actions. The most typical form of dance generally maintains the tradition of a tripartite division (jo, ha and kyū; see §III above), although with different nomenclature.
The deha (‘coming out’) contains an introduction (oki) and a travelling (michiyuki) section. The nature of the character, the setting and the means of entrance (trap-door, ramp, stage entrance) influence the musical style of both these sections. The chūha (middle section) often has a highly lyrical, romantic passage called the kudoki and occasionally some story-telling (monogatari). The major dance section (odori ji) is essential. The exit section (iriha) involves greater musical and choreographic action (chirashi) and a standard finale (dangire). Such a dance piece may be 15 to 40 minutes long, and there are great variations in the forms of specific pieces.