Club Diamond is collaboration between Saori Tsukada, Japanese theater artist and Nikki Appino, American theatre and filmmaker. It began in 2013 when they decided to build a theatre piece based on their shared love for the Western and Japanese tradition of silent film. A simple story of a young woman coming to the big city to find fame and fortune is played out through different characters on stage (all played by Saori) using an original silent film and the traditional Japanese performance techniques of Benshi, (a Japanese orator for silent film) and Kamishibia (paper-play).
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.
Photo credits: Ethan Lewis, Leyna Marika Papach