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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 11:14am PDT
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TomoeArts presents the world premiere of a provocative and heartrending new work, Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited, a noh chamber opera, on stage October 26th to 28th at The Cultch.

TomoeArts Presents Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited

When: October 26th to 28th, 2017
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available online now from $20.

Heather Pawsey & Yamai Tsunao. Photo by Travan Wong

Master Japanese practitioners of noh – Japan’s 14th century theatre art – combine talents with Western classical musicians in an operatic re-imagining of the classic tale of unrequited love: Kayoi Komachi. This mesmerizing ‘East meets West’ invention exposes the desire, tribulation and mystery between a man and woman caught in the throes of a tumultuous romance.

In Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited, audiences will find the noh text more fragmented, and free-flowing, the harmonies and choreography carefully altered, and the rhythm reworked from the conventional eight-beat phrase structure. The classical ensemble will play noh melodies and percussive patterns, and vocalists will sing pitches and perform gestures unlike any repertoire they have encountered. Added to the dynamic interplay between English and Japanese dialogue, this piece brings noh and opera to brand-new territory.

Japanese noh is one of the oldest theatre arts performed today. With highly stylized movement, and vivid text sung through stirring chant, noh plays are traditionally based on legends and literature and focus on themes around the supernatural. The plots typically revolve around two main characters who perform on a minimalist stage backed by chorus and musicians on drum and flute.

Performing a gorgeous score by Farshid Samandari, the ensemble of Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited, led by Conductor Jonathan Girard, will include: Melanie Adams (mezzo-soprano); Joseph Bulman (tenor); Peter Monaghan (bass-baritone); noh actors Muraoka Kiyomi and Kashiwazaki Mayuko; Mark McGregor (flute); Western percussionist Brian Nesselroad; guest kotsuzumi (noh shoulder drum) player Omura Kayû; as well as a group of prodigious string players.

Win a Date Night

I have a pair of tickets to give away so a lucky Miss604 reader and their guest can witness this meditative art form in a special presentation.

Along with tickets, the winner will also receive a couple’s massage package from pHresh Spa (valued at $220). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Update The winner is Vera Gibson!


  1. Sunshine H says:

    Oh a massage would be awesome!

  2. Monica MOBERG says:

    I would love a couples massage with my boyfriend. Pick me please.

  3. Lucie B says:

    This sounds lovely.

  4. Natalie says:

    Sounds absolutely amazing!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Yes please. would love a couple’s massage date

  6. Janet says:

    Need a date night for sure!

  7. Hadley says:

    Live around the corner from the Cultch and always ready for a massage

  8. Shelley says:

    The spa package sounds amazing!My dad was a merchant marine and frequently sailed to Japan. I love the culture and would love to go to this show!

  9. Becky says:

    My back will be so happy.. and my husband.

  10. Becky says:

    My back will be so happy..

  11. Lorena says:

    I’m very familiar with the art of “Noh” after studying Japanese, and my sister and friend used to be on the board of Tomoe Arts, so I’d be absolutely honoured to be attending this performance in a “very relaxed” manner!

  12. Rino says:

    Sounds amazing!

  13. Tania says:

    We would love a couples massage!

  14. Greg says:

    Yes please!

  15. Kim C says:

    I need dis!

  16. FT says:

    A massage would be great!

  17. Mike Munday says:

    This would be a great night for my wife and I

  18. Michelle W says:

    What a wonderful date night this would be!

  19. Marisa. P says:

    Sounds dreamy

  20. Jason B says:

    Great present.

  21. Mandy says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the performance. A couple’s spa also sounds fantastic!

  22. Eileen says:

    The show sounds interesting…I’ve never heard of noh before.

  23. Ann-Marie Vaughan says:

    I would love a massage.

  24. Jen Rentz says:

    Sounds like a amazing prize!! 😊

  25. Ron Smith says:

    Neat prize!

  26. Vera Gibson says:

    Intrigued by the description of the Japanese Noh event and of course, a couple’s massage ( I have never done this with my husband of 38 years 💖) would be heavenly!!

  27. Krystal says:

    This sounds very interesting, and a massage never goes astray!

  28. Ian says:

    Sounds like a different experience to be had.

  29. Danielle says:

    What a great date night! Performance and massage!

  30. adam says:

    would love to win!

  31. ariel c says:

    what a great prize

  32. Diana Serban says:

    Sounds like an awesome cultural experience, plus can never go wrong with a massage 😀

  33. Jeff S says:

    Perfect idea for a date night!

  34. Karen Miller says:

    Sounds like a great Prize!

  35. Marianne says:

    Sounds like a perfect couples’ night out!

  36. L. Marie says:

    A fabulous giveaway and a very fun date night.

  37. Donald says:

    Great prize!

  38. bjh says:

    Neat prize!

  39. Behzad says:

    Great date package! every girl’s dream

  40. Jazzy says:

    Ooooh I need a massage!

  41. Zeina says:

    A great way to learn about this fascinating art!

  42. Bev says:

    Would love to a couple’s massage..what a wonderful giveaway!Thanks for the chance!

  43. Mary says:

    My husband and I would totally enjoy this!

  44. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  45. Jro says:

    Fun giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  46. Andrea says:

    Would love to win!

  47. Steven says:


  48. linda says:

    Something different for a date night.

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