Table of Silence Project 9/11 2020
Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Dance/NYC, present a reimagining of the Table of Silence Project 9/11, an annual free public performance ritual for peace.
Conceived and choreographed in 2011 by Jacqulyn Buglisi (Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre), the site-specific work was first presented on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. The choreography is based on ancient labyrinths, mandalas, and sacred geometry, drawing on patterns associated with harmony and the belief that every being in the cosmos is connected.
This year, the work will feature live and virtual performance elements. Ms. Buglisi is creating a new Prologue in which 24 dancers from Buglisi Dance Theatre, Ailey II, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Ballet Hispánico’s BHdos, The Juilliard School, Limón Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, and professional dancers from the New York City community will perform live, encircling Lincoln Center’s iconic Fountain. With featured Guest Artists electric violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph. The socially distanced performance will be livestreamed from Lincoln Center on Friday, September 11, 2020 beginning at 7:55 am ET.
In addition, new video content this year will include: an excerpt from Ms. Buglisi’s Requiem, choreographed in 2001 as an immediate response to the events of 9/11; the World Premiere of Études, a new three-minute film by Nel Shelby Productions that features dancers from around the world responding to the movement elements of the Project; and the full presentation of the 2019 Table of Silence Project 9/11.
This year’s Table of Silence Project 9/11 will be streamed on this page and on Lincoln Center’s Facebook Page. The program will open with a behind-the-scenes video at 7:50 am ET. The video will be available on-demand following the premiere.
“This reimagining of the Table of Silence Project 9/11 is a powerful message for healing as we struggle with the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice. We honor all those whose lives are impacted by the crises our country is facing. Expressing so much of what makes us human, the Table of Silence Project’s message of peace and healing is far-reaching and holds great relevance today, in addition to the 9/11 commemoration. It strives to be a transformative experience that reveals the strength and resilience of our collective society.“
— Jacqulyn Buglisi, Table of Silence Project 9/11 creator