Performance

Aug 03 2014

Club Diamond

NEXT TOUR DATE: SEPTEMBER 29TH, PHILIP GLASS’ DAYS AND NIGHT FESTIVAL, BIG SUR, CALIF.

In 1937 Tokyo, a celebrated Benshi finds his livelihood as a silent film narrator threatened by the Talkies. Against all odds, a Japanese film star pursues her fortune in Hollywood.

In CLUB DIAMOND, performer Saori Tsukada interweaves these stories, transforming from a modern New Yorker into the aspiring star of the ‘20s, and finally to the Benshi as he struggles to survive as a street performer a decade later under the US Occupation of Japan.

With hand-crafted illustrations, black and white film by Nikki Appino, and a lush score composed and performed by Tim Fain, CLUB DIAMOND is a wholly original, multi-layered take on the modern immigration tale. www.clubdiamond.org

Created by Nikki Appino and Saori Tsukada, Club Diamond had its world premiere at the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater this past January. It was developed in part at the Sundance TheaterMakers Lab and at the Sundance Lab at MassMoca.
“Combines powerful film imagery with imaginative live performance and a stunning contribution by the violinist Tim Fain”. – Light and Sound America

“Exhilarating and heartbreaking…an unconventional approach that incorporates film, music, unique props and costuming, with little dependence on the English language. Club Diamond is profound, nuanced and thematically riveting”. – Carol e Di Tosti Theater Pizzazz

Photo credits: Ethan Lewis, Leyna Marika Papach, Kathryn Raines

May 24 2010

Djinn

An environmental performance piece based on Alain Robbe-Grillet’s novel.

“In Appino and Corson’s Djinn you’ll discover why Aristotle included Spectacle as one of the six essentials of the theatrical experience. With a shoestring budget and a superabundant imagination they transform a structure built for utilitarian ends into a gigantic cabinet of wonders, resonating with the poetic impact of sheer space, the dialectic of light and shadow.” – Roger Downey, Seattle Weekly Read more ›

May 20 2010

Invisible Ink

Invisible Ink: Destiny and the Dance of Mata Hari

A dance/theater performance based on the life of Mata Hari. Written and directed by Nikki Appino with original choreography by Wade Madsen and an original score by Wayne Horvitz.

Invisible Ink is a dance/theater performance based on the life of Mata Hari (1876-1917). The work is created for two actors, one singer, and a three-piece orchestra. Marguerite Zelle, a.k.a. Mata Hari, lived with her husband in the Dutch East Indies where she learned the native sacred dances of Java and Sumatra. She incorporated them into her “performances” (stripteases) when she changed her name to “Mata Hari” and hit the cabaret circuit of pre-WW1 Paris. This combination of the sacred and the profane created a sensation. Read more ›

O, Say a Sunset

A staged concert inspired by the life and writings of environmentalist Rachel Carson.

Composed and written by Robin Holcomb, Directed by Nikki Appino, Sunset toured the United States in the fall of 2004. The piece featured musicians Eyvind Kang, Guy Klusevic, Doug Wieselman, and Wayne Horvitz.


Music

Bye Bye

Here I Come Crying Again

Lose Again

Before the Comet Comes

Written and directed by Nikki Appino, original score by Robin Holcomb.

Before the Comet Comes is a multimedia theater piece that explores personal and social apocalypse on the eve of the new millennium. This work premiered at the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle Washington.

Before the Comet Comes, is a theatre piece exploring personal and social apocalypse. It’s December 31st 1999, the eve of the 2nd Great Millennium, and four characters are stumbling about wondering if Y2K will destroy their computers, if the Second Coming is a hand, and if it really is the end of the world. In this narrative – told through text, music, and late-night video, we witness their hilarious and harrowing attempts to survive. Before the Comet Comes is a little tour through death, peace, and the ultimate meaning of life. Read more ›

May 15 2010

A Girl’s Gotta Ride

American rodeo celebrates rugged individualism, pits man against beast and seeks to tame the wild. Why do women do it?

Meet a few gals from the “All Women’s Rodeo”, these aren’t your fancy barrel racers that can make over two hundred thousand dollars a year at the men’s rodeos. These women earn around ten thousand dollars – if they’re lucky. But they travel miles of dusty roads to rope ornery steers, ride bucking broncs, and get thrown from the back of two thousand pound bulls. It’s a men’s game you might say, but if you give it a second look, you just might catch a glimpse into the heart of the great American cowgirl.

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