21 & 22 September 2023 - 11am – 5pm
Closing date
Mon 14th Aug 2023 12:00pm

Job Description

Noboru Sano holding a Noh mash
Shirota Koji - @shirotakoji Credit: Shirota Koji - @shirotakoji


The Place is delighted to launch the second in the series of Artist Led Labs. These labs intend to support artists to share their research and skills, as well as delving into their own practice and movement styles. This series, made up of workshops, intensives, networking events and seminars invites artists at any experience level to get involved. The labs are free to attend and we have bursary places available.


Noh Reimagined and The Place are excited to announce the launch of the 1st Noh Workshop Lab, as part of Artist Led Labs.

Join Noboru Sano, a professional Noh shite actor, who trained at Hosho school under Hosho Fusao XVIII, for a 2-day lab.

This lab is supported by The Place, The Great Sasakawa Foundation, The Japan Foundation, The International Noh Project Committee, and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture).


The sessions will run from 11:00 - 17:00 on 21 & 22 September 2023. The labs are free to attend, but you must be available for all the sessions.

There is a short application form to fill out where you can tell us a little more about yourself and why this lab would benefit you. If you have any questions or access needs please send an email to

We have 5 bursary places available to contribute access costs, travel and accommodation. If you would like to be considered for the bursary, please contact after you have filled in the application form.

Application form here:

All applicants will be informed of the outcome by 4 September 2023.


In this workshop, participants will first learn the 'kata', the styles of Noh movement and what it takes to express themselves, which has been passed on for 700 years.

Workshops will include learning movements and patterns such as kata, kamae and hakobi; as well as a ‘Kyu-no-mai' performance by Sano and opportunities to work on your own short stories.


As one of the most prominent Noh performers, Noboru has performed important classical Noh works including Okina, Shakkyo, Dojoji, Midare and Sumidagawa. In addition to his performances, Sano is passionate about teaching Noh to young people. He frequently visits schools across Japan throughout the year, conducting workshops and sharing his knowledge. In 2021, Noboru Sano collaborated with renowned hip hop dancer SAM to choreograph a new work for "Dance Dance Dance @ Yokohama", Japan's largest dance festival. Noboru Sano's exceptional performances in the 3rd edition of Noh Reimagined at Kings Place in 2022, performing Fuji and Kurozuka, received widespread acclaim. He will be returning for the 4th edition of Noh Reimagined in 2024. A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts and he has been designated an “Important Intangible Cultural Asset” by the Japanese government.


Produced and curated by Akiko Yanagisawa (Mu:Arts), Noh Reimagined is a dynamic platform that encompasses festivals, events, workshops, and more. Its objective is to bridge the gap between tradition and contemporary art, paying homage to authenticity while embracing artistic experimentation. We foster creativity, facilitate exchanges, and introduce the transformative power of Noh traditions to innovative artists from diverse disciplines and audiences. Through a range of projects in the UK and Japan, we are committed to forging meaningful connections between cultures and communities.