Shadow Catch: a new Noh-inspired Chamber Opera

December 2 & 3, 8:00pm,
December 4, 2:00pm
The Firehall Arts Centre,
280 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC

Tickets: $30/$18 available at (604) 689 – 0926

Shadow Catch concert poster

A new Noh-inspired chamber opera entitled Shadow Catch will premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre.  Music composed by Dorothy ChangBenton RoarkJennifer Butler, and Farshid Samandari. Libretto by Daphne Marlatt.

Using elements of Japanese Noh theatre under the direction of Colleen Lanki, and with music direction by Marguerite Witvoet, Shadow Catch recounts the dreams of a young runaway newly arrived in the city.

As the night progresses, he is visited in turn by the spirits of four troubled souls who once inhabited the area: the spirit of an old maple tree whose grove was decimated by loggers, a member of the brilliant Asahi baseball team whose players were sent off to Japanese internment camps, the madame of a 1920′s brothel who is haunted by her tragic past, and a roughneck policeman from the 1930′s who fell to corruption.

This is a story not only about characters from Vancouver’s historical and cultural background, but about the journey and transformation that must take place in order to confront one’s greatest fears and regrets.


For more information, please visit the Shadow Catch website, or the Vancouver 125 listing



December 2, 2011
8:00 pm
December 3, 2011
8:00 pm
December 4, 2011
2:00 pm

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