About the Grant

$25,000 to support Hakamé: Footprints in the Sand (MAP 2009), a live multi-media theatrical piece by artist Robert Wilson that recounts the true story of a fatal 19th century shipwreck off the coast of Bridgehampton, Long Island, and its impact on the history of the Shinnecock Indian Nation. Developed through workshops with artists, members of the Shinnecock Nation and the local community, presentations will take place at The Watermill Center in Summer 2009 and Summer 2011 in preparation for the premier at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University in 2011.

About the Project

Since 1992, Robert Wilson has held summer residency programs and workshops for artists at the Watermill Center in Watermill, New York, approximately four miles from the Shinnecock reservation. Over the years, Wilson and the Watermill Center have developed strong ties to the local community. In 2006, the eldest Shinnecock man living on the Reservation met with Wilson and shared the story of the shipwreck of The Circassian, a tragedy that devastated the Shinnecock Nation and deeply affected all residents of the East End of Long Island. Since then, Wilson has worked with members of the Shinnecock Nation and a team of artists including musician Roger Waters, to develop the concept for Hakamé: Footprints in the Sand, a live work based on the story of the shipwreck.

Hakamé will include nine scenes and eight kneeplays— short scenes that connect the main scenes of a theatrical work and are staged in front of a closed curtain. The scenes will be divided in a structure defined by Portraits (close up looks at a single person or small event), Still Lives (longer range looks at a small group or event) and Landscapes (very long range looks at a larger historical event, the community and the era).

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Robert Wilson

Shinnecock Indian Nation

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