Club Diamond

by Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino

Saori Tsukada was born in America, raised in Japan. Her “astoundingly precise movements” (Irish Times) and “carefree charisma” (VillageVoice) made her a “virtuoso” (TimeOut NY) performer in NY downtown dance and theater scene. She has generated original roles for performance works, often unclassifiable, by likes of composer/theater artist John Moran, choreographer Yoshiko Chuma, Catherine Galasso, playwright/director Aya Ogawa, theater company Hoi Polloi, Witness Relocation, composer Joe Diebes. Aside from her favorite NY venues such as La MaMa, The Kitchen, PS 122, she’s performed in London, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Düsseldorf, Warsaw, Skopje, Bucharest, Tokyo and more. Her choreography works for a video artist Katja Loher has been exhibited/performed live at places like C24 Gallery (NYC), Figge Art Museum (Iowa) and Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair. Tsukada was nominated for Best Actress at Dublin Fringe Festival in ’05 and ’08 for her acclaimed collaborative projects with John Moran.

Nikki Appino is a theatre and filmmaker. She trained at the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU and has received numerous awards including the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Directing Fellowship. She founded a nonprofit arts company in Seattle in the 90’s and has generated original works for stage and screen including: Subrosa (w/Kristen Newbom), The American Rimpoche, Fires, In, Lazarus, Djinn, Dark Night of Souls, Invisible Ink, Threshold, Rain City Rollers and Before the Comet Comes. In addition Nikki directed Robin Holcomb’s Silent Spring (Walker, DTW, Wexner, Flynn Center) and has worked at A.C.T., the Milwaukee Rep, Portland Rep, McCarter Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, the Empty Space, On the Boards, PS 122, and the Berkeley Rep. Now located in Philadelphia, she runs Appino Productions and theGlassFactory.

Tim Fain, COMPOSER - Award-winning violinist featured in films Black Swan and 12 Years a Slave, electrifies audiences with his “honeyed tone, spectacular technique and engrossing musicality” (LA Times). Past solo appearances include Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo, and Hague Philharmonics; Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw; and touring with Philip Glass. Collaborations include Pinchas Zukerman, Benjamin Millepied, acclaimed multi-media evening PORTALS, and virtual reality film RESONANCE with Google. 2015-16 highlights include the Pittsburgh Symphony and National Orchestra of Spain.

Cathy Lee Crane, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, has been making innovative narrative and documentary films on 16mm since 1994. She received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 for her lyrical re-combinations of archival and staged material. Her films have been broadcast on European television and are distributed by Canyon Cinema and Lightcone. They have won international film festival awards including: Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Cork 1996), the Certificate of Merit/New Visions (San Francisco International 2002), and Best Narrative Film (UFVA Juried Screening 2006). She just released her feature-length silent film about World War 1 entitled The Manhattan Front

Created by Saori Tsukada & Nikki Appino

with Composer Tim Fain

Featuring Saori Tsukada (Performer) and Tim Fain (Violinist)


Director Nikki Appino

Composer Tim Fain

Artistic Consultant Andrew Kircher 

Lighting Design Ayumu Poe Saegusa

Dramaturg Janice Paran

Live Sound Mix Dan Bora

Stage Manager Amy Ehrenberg

Technical Design Jorge Cousineau

Artwork Saori Tsukada

Assistant Lighting Design Andrew Trent

Production Assistant India Abbott

Prop Assistant Alicia Crosby


Director, Editor Nikki Appino 

Director of Photography Cathy Lee Crane

Composer Tim Fain

Mixing Engineer Dan Bora

Flutist Alex Sopp

Recording Engineer Michael Riesman

Recording Assistant Alex Weston

Visual Effects Jorge Cousineau

Gaffer Austin LoCicero

Wardrobe Courtney Fusselman

Ist Assistant Camera Charles Woodard

Production Manager Joey Dicamillo

Set/Props Kayla McQuade, Kevin Cook

Grips Ethan Lewis, Ian Neisser

Drawings Saori Tsukada

Model Maker Catalina Martinez

VO John Rose