The White Lama: The Improbable Legacy of Theos Bernard

Conceived by Nikki Appino and created in collaboration with Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal and Kevin Joyce. The White Lama is a new experimental work about the quest for the sacred, framed by the adventurous life and disappearance of Theos Bernard. Both biography and invocation, the piece is a blend of imagery, prose and music performed […]


IN DEVELOPMENT It’s 1934, the heart of the Great Depression, and everyone is wondering where the American Dream might have gone.  Two small town girls, Flowers and Rosie want to ditch their dead-end lives and go find it.  They get their chance in the form of the Transcontinental Roller Derby — an endurance skating contest, […]

Archivist with Saori Tsukada

IN DEVELOPMENT Beneath an abandoned amusement park an old archivist awaits his client in an underground library. Meticulously organized by his rigorous system, files, artifacts and junk are effortlessly categorized and stored. Death in a family, breakup of a long trusted relationship, a burnt-down apartment…episodes from the client’s life are selected and indexed. The past […]

Club Diamond

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 […]

American Rimpoche

To the western imagination, Tibet evokes the exotic, the spiritual, and since its invasion by China, the political; a fabled land, sheltered from modernity and threatened by extinction. Endowed with all that the West has lost, Americans are enchanted with Tibet and its particular form of Buddhism. In American, the Dalai Lama has achieved rock-star […]