Feast of Ghosts is a Felliniesque ghost story in four tales representing the four directions, four narratives, four directors and one master director overseeing all. The piece is a haunted house outdoors that is a circus, a pageant, with characters suspended between earth and sky. In the wake of COVID-19, Native communities and individuals across the nation have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. Safe Harbors ensemble and administration lost a founding ensemble member, husband, father and relative to the virus in spring, Kevin Tarrant. Our company asked ourselves how do we artistically mourn? I asked myself how I mourn and complete Kevin and I's last collaborative project.
Manhattan has always been a gathering and trading place for many Indigenous peoples, where Nations intersected from all four directions since time immemorial. It was a place to gather and sometimes to seek refuge during times of conflict and struggle. We pay respect to all of their ancestors past, present, to their future generations. We acknowledge that our work, is situated on the island of Manhattan (Menohhannet - On the Island) traditional lands of the Munsee Lenape, the Canarsie, Unkechaug, Matinecock, Shinnecock, Reckgawanc and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We respect that many Indigenous people continue to live and work on this island and acknowledge their ongoing contributions to this area.