THE TABLE OF SILENCE PROJECT: Public Tribute to 9/11

I just returned from a long trip in Northern California visiting family and friends and even witnessed the birth of a beautiful grandchild. I flew late into JFK on 9/10 and at dawn on 9/11 had the honor of capturing The Table of Silence Project for Jacqulyn Buglisi and all involved. For all of us who were in NYC on that day 10yrs ago, it is a searing memory that we will never forget. I was glad to  begin this day of remembrance sharing and being part of this wonderful tribute.

a public tribute to 9/11 and prayer for peace
Conceived by Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and Italian artist Rosella Vasta

The Table of Silence Project 9/11 represents a symbolic banquet table uniting all of humanity. Through this event we wish to achieve the dual purpose of celebrating and honoring peace, through listening, a united moment of silence – a call for peace in our world.

As the dancers created a peace labyrinth encircling the Revson Fountain, we were invited  to join  for one minute of silence as they  raised their  arms to the sky at 8:46 a.m., recalling the moment when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, the dancers  turned their wrists with open palms and extended their arms to the sky for one minute, evoking the simple gesture of universal peace. Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi created  this site-specific “Ceremonial Event” for 100 dancers, drawn from the New York City dance community, entitled “The Table of Silence Project,” to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Buglisi Dance Theatre is partnering on this project with Dance/NYC and The September Concert. Participants are dancers from Buglisi Dance Theatre, The Juilliard School, the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, The Ailey School, National Dance Institute, Ballet Hispanico, STEPS on Broadway, and Peridance Capezio Center.

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