The Table of Silence Project 9/11 returned today to Lincoln Center at the Josie Robertson Plaza around the fountain. This free public ceremony for peace commenced at 8:15 and concluded at 8:46 AM, the moment when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
This is the fourth presentation of The Table of Silence Project 9/11, a ritual for peace, conceived and choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi in collaboration with Italian visual artist, Rossella Vasta. A moving meditation, it is the the human embodiment of Vasta’s “Table of Silence” sculptural installation of 100 ceramic plates representing a symbolic banquet table uniting humanity.
“Moving to the ritualistic beat of the tympani, the minimal chant of the singers, the echoes the conch and the melody of the flute, the dancers ascend onto the Plaza forming patterns of concentric circles to create a peace labyrinth that culminates symbolically at 8:46 am and signifies eternity, purity and the continuous life cycle. This sacred landscape is filled with the transcendent energy of the Mandala, connecting dancers, musicians, and viewers to the healing rituals of the natural world.” said Marina Kennedy.
For all of us who were in NYC on 9/11/2001 and for people everywhere, that day is seared into our memory. I was so glad to begin this day of remembrance, sharing and being part of this wonderful tribute.