District News

Table of Silence Project 9/11

Sep 2, 2020
dancers sitting in a circle on lincoln center plaza

Friday, September 11 marks the 19th Anniversary of 9/11. In remembrance, 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. 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.

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.

The socially distanced performance will be livestreamed from Lincoln Center on September 11 beginning at 7:55am EST. Viewers can watch on Lincoln Center’s website and on their Facebook page. The video will be available on-demand following the premiere.

Photo credit: Terri Gold | Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts