Flowers of Performance: Workshop on Japanese Noh Traditional Theatre

September 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fields Sunken Ballroom, Portland Art Museum

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, in partnership with the Portland Art Museum, is pleased to present an evening of Traditional Japanese Noh Theatre led by TAKEDA Tomoyuki, an active performer from one of the most prestigious schools of Noh, the Kanze School. Established in the fourteenth century, Noh is characterized by austere simplicity of performance and profoundly poetic plots. Takeda-sensei and his associates will introduce Noh staging and performance, including demonstrations of chanting and costuming. The workshop will culminate in a performance of excerpts from the play, Hanjo (“Lady Ban”), a tale of true love between a courtesan and courtier. Audiences will have the opportunity to take part in a chanting sequence, and to learn about costumes through dressing demonstrations.

Seating is limited. Be sure to reserve your ticket today!

This workshop is part of a four-day workshop event on Noh Theatre, to be held at the University of Oregon, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Portland Art Museum. For other workshops, please check:

This series of workshops is made possible through generous support from the following: the Asian Studies Program, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Oregon Humanities Center, the Sally Claire Haseltine Endowed Fund in Art History, and the Yoko McClain Fund at the University of Oregon; a Mini Grant for Japanese Arts & Culture from the Los Angeles Office of the Japan Foundation; and the Portland Art Museum.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Photograph of a Traditional Japanese Noh Theatre performer.