Win a Date Night with pHresh Spa and TomoeArts

Comments 48 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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!

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  1. Sunshine HWednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 1:26pm PDT

    Oh a massage would be awesome!

  2. Monica MOBERGWednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 4:37pm PDT

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

  3. Lucie BWednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 7:51pm PDT

    This sounds lovely.

  4. NatalieWednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 7:53pm PDT

    Sounds absolutely amazing!

  5. RebeccaWednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 10:34pm PDT

    Yes please. would love a couple’s massage date

  6. JanetWednesday, October 18th, 2017 — 10:53pm PDT

    Need a date night for sure!

  7. HadleyThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 12:10am PDT

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

  8. ShelleyThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 12:31am PDT

    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. BeckyThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 7:31am PDT

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

  10. BeckyThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 7:31am PDT

    My back will be so happy..

  11. LorenaThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 8:30am PDT

    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. RinoThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 9:10am PDT

    Sounds amazing!

  13. TaniaThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 9:10am PDT

    We would love a couples massage!

  14. GregThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 9:12am PDT

    Yes please!

  15. Kim CThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 10:51am PDT

    I need dis!

  16. FTThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 11:36am PDT

    A massage would be great!

  17. Mike MundayThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 11:42am PDT

    This would be a great night for my wife and I

  18. Michelle WThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 12:28pm PDT

    What a wonderful date night this would be!

  19. Marisa. PThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 1:03pm PDT

    Sounds dreamy

  20. Jason BThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 1:05pm PDT

    Great present.

  21. MandyThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 1:18pm PDT

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

  22. EileenThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 1:47pm PDT

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

  23. Ann-Marie VaughanThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 1:56pm PDT

    I would love a massage.

  24. Jen RentzThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 2:01pm PDT

    Sounds like a amazing prize!! 😊

  25. Ron SmithThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 2:03pm PDT

    Neat prize!

  26. Vera GibsonThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 6:25pm PDT

    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. KrystalThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 8:28pm PDT

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

  28. IanThursday, October 19th, 2017 — 10:21pm PDT

    Sounds like a different experience to be had.

  29. DanielleFriday, October 20th, 2017 — 9:48am PDT

    What a great date night! Performance and massage!

  30. adamFriday, October 20th, 2017 — 11:10am PDT

    would love to win!

  31. ariel cFriday, October 20th, 2017 — 11:11am PDT

    what a great prize

  32. Diana SerbanFriday, October 20th, 2017 — 12:44pm PDT

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

  33. Jeff SFriday, October 20th, 2017 — 3:16pm PDT

    Perfect idea for a date night!

  34. Karen MillerFriday, October 20th, 2017 — 3:24pm PDT

    Sounds like a great Prize!

  35. MarianneFriday, October 20th, 2017 — 4:04pm PDT

    Sounds like a perfect couples’ night out!

  36. L. MarieFriday, October 20th, 2017 — 8:18pm PDT

    A fabulous giveaway and a very fun date night.

  37. DonaldFriday, October 20th, 2017 — 9:50pm PDT

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  38. bjhSaturday, October 21st, 2017 — 12:21am PDT

    Neat prize!

  39. BehzadSaturday, October 21st, 2017 — 10:34am PDT

    Great date package! every girl’s dream

  40. JazzySaturday, October 21st, 2017 — 5:33pm PDT

    Ooooh I need a massage!

  41. ZeinaSunday, October 22nd, 2017 — 3:19am PDT

    A great way to learn about this fascinating art!

  42. BevSunday, October 22nd, 2017 — 9:59am PDT

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

  43. MarySunday, October 22nd, 2017 — 10:09am PDT

    My husband and I would totally enjoy this!

  44. Teresa KSunday, October 22nd, 2017 — 1:49pm PDT

    I’d love to win.

  45. JroSunday, October 22nd, 2017 — 7:44pm PDT

    Fun giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  46. AndreaMonday, October 23rd, 2017 — 11:20am PDT

    Would love to win!

  47. StevenMonday, October 23rd, 2017 — 10:45pm PDT

    Relaxing!!!

  48. lindaTuesday, October 24th, 2017 — 9:28pm PDT

    Something different for a date night.

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