“Awakening our Humanity through the Art of Dance.” – Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director/Choreographer
The Table of Silence Project is a multi-cultural performance ritual for peace from the New York City community of dancers to the world, streamed live from the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center on Monday morning, September 11, 2017.
“...since life is our most precious gift let us be certain that it is dedicated to the liberation of the human mind and spirit...beginning with [your] own…” - Maya Angelou
We are honored and filled with gratitude to Lincoln Center to be presenting the seventh annual Table of Silence Project. As we embrace humanity, we humbly ask you to support our collective call for freedom and peace.
At this critical time in the life of our country, we look to the artists for inspiration:
Dance/NYC Executive Director Lane Harwell says: “Enduring annual tributes, from a Tribute in Light installation seen from all corners of the city to a site-specific performance Table of Silence Project 9/11 streamed to thousands online, pay homage to lives lost on September 11. They also serve as poetic calls for freedom and peace that gain new meaning with every passing terror attack across the globe and with every new audience they reach…At this time, we need artistry that can be collectively experienced - in-person and online - bringing the global public ever closer together, while educating and guiding each one of us as an agent of change."
The Table of Silence Project is a coming together of artists, conservationists, representatives of humanity, ambassadors of healing and peace. Through the performance ritual...on the stage of the Josie Robertson Plaza to the world stage via livestream... individuals may experience with us the miracle that is humanity.
Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre, conceived and choreographed The Table of Silence Project 9/11 inspired by artist Rossella Vasta’s sculptural installation of 100 ceramic plates that represents a banquet table uniting humanity.
“The idea of a dance ritual came to me, during my practice of meditation while drawing labyrinths. I realized that it could be beautiful to create a peace labyrinth and Lincoln Center, where I often walk was the obvious sacred space. It occurred to me that the architectural design of the Josie Robertson Plaza would provide the environment to create concentric circles and, fused with the sacred geometry, manifest mandala energy for peace and harmony.” – Jacqulyn Buglisi
For the 9/11 performance ritual, Buglisi Dance Theatre collaborates with dancers from major companies and conservatories including the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and with Dancers from around the world who make up the diverse NYC artist community, in partnership with Dance/NYC and The September Concert.
“a gift of dance to the city” – Pia Catton, The Wall Street Journal
Through the universal language of the body, we bridge boundaries and celebrate the miracle of human existence.
Processioning as one to the plaintive cries of the singers, the echoes of the conch and flute, and the ritualistic beat of the bass drums, more than 150 dancers form concentric circles on the plaza, encircling the Revson Fountain to form a Peace Labyrinth. The dancers’ mindful focus is moving, as they continue with a series of powerful gestures repeated in compelling meditative rhythms. Our collective vision is fulfilled together with you in a moment of silence at 8:46am.
We celebrate all the artists for their dedication, passion and courage. Katerina Eng, a Juilliard dancer who participated in the 2015 and 2016 Table of Silence Project 9/11 shares her experience on Facebook:
"This is not a post reflecting on today, but also a post on how we can change our future. I feel blessed to be a part of the Table of Silence Project. While dancing I dreamed of a place where we care for not just our own needs, but also the needs of others. A place that would feel as it did this morning. Where the world was quiet, and where we marched as one. As we dance side by side, I feel the vibrations of hope in all of our bones— the love and dream for something beyond our own individual selfishness. More than ever we need to come together, we need to recognize that we all are human, that we all are equal, and that our world needs each and every one of us. We have strength in unity."
The Evolution of the Table of Silence Project
September 11, 2017 marks the seventh year that we present the Table of Silence Project in New York City. The impact of it continues to amaze and to humble us in its scope, attracting nearly 1000 dancers, musicians and volunteers since the inaugural tribute.
Thanks to our professionally produced livestream video, more than 60,000 households worldwide have viewed the Table of Silence Project. To date, our livestream has reached 50 U.S. states and 121 countries including France, Belgium, Japan, India, Korea, Trinidad, Colombia, Russia, South Africa, and our soldiers in Afghanistan. And the Table of Silence Project is growing.
We have been invited to present and teach The Table of Silence Project throughout the United States and in Italy, advancing peace, unity, social justice and shared healing. The Table of Silence Project was performed by the dancers of the University of California Santa Barbara to honor the Isla Vista student victims; Syracuse University in remembrance of the 35 students lost in Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie; the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women to bring awareness to this global injustice, and in Assisi and Perugia on the Day of Forgiveness. It has been documented by the Dance Notation Bureau to preserve it for the future and provide a template that is transferable to different locations, from public parks and plazas to cathedrals, classrooms, school yards, museums, and more.
"Celebrate humanity by touching the wonder and the joy that is human existence through the universal language of the body. With the collective mind, everything is possible” - Jacqulyn Buglisi
The Consul General of Italy in New York, Natalia Quintavalle acknowledged the values of this profound tribute to be fundamental to human existence.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo honored the Table of Silence Project with a Proclamation stating that it "unites the New York City arts community to spread a message of peace and hope.”
Why Your Support Matters
We want to turn the Table of Silence Project into a shared, unified ritual for hope and rebirth.
Our goal is to reach more people around the world than we ever have through our livestream broadcast of the 2017 Table of Silence Project 9/11. The livestream is absolutely free to watch from anywhere in the world, but it is a tremendous cost to create.
So we ask for your help to fund the professional production of the livestream feed that makes it accessible to viewers around the world…for free. Our expenses include Union labor costs for security and Wi-Fi hookup at Lincoln Center, insurance, and post-performance editing of The Table of Silence Project livestream to create a video for permanent access on YouTube. These costs are significant. We take nothing for ourselves. Every dollar you generously donate is used to keep this project alive, and the kindness you show by sharing of our campaign helps us tremendously.
Help Us Share Our Message
Please help us spread the message of the Table of Silence Project so more people – children, adults, soldiers, teachers, the suffering, the bullied, the alone, ALL OF US who want to do something, even something small, together – can share in the Table of Silence Project. This requires a concerted outreach campaign, including the production of video clips for sharing through social media and other outlets, and a permanent posting on YouTube to make the 2017 Table of Silence Project accessible to everyone, in all time zones, at any time.
We are filled with gratitude for the support and contributions we have already received. We must still raise $5,500 to cover the costs of this free public tribute, the simulcast, and post-production costs of the video on YouTube.
How it Works
Kickstarter is as an all-or-nothing proposition. If we are unable to reach our goal, your credit card is not charged, and our project does not receive any of the benefits of your generosity. Any amount we raise in excess of our goal helps us to further defray the costs of the Table of Silence Project, which is free to all who come to Lincoln Center and free to all who access via livestream here and around the world. All donations to our project are tax-deductible. Aside from small processing fees charged by Kickstarter and its payment processor, all funds raised are used expressly for the Table of Silence Project 9/11 tribute, livestream, and permanent posting on YouTube.
Thank you for your kindness and your generosity. Thank you for coming together with us to bring peace and healing to our world from New York City.
Risks and challenges
The Table of Silence Project 2016 live performance tribute on the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, and the production of our livestream broadcast depend on your generosity. With your support, we are able to deliver our message of compassion and tolerance to all of our neighbors around the globe.
Every dollar, every share, every mention of our project is a gift, and we appreciate it greatly.
We are inspired and encouraged by your generosity and by the responses of those who have shared in the Table of Silence Project. Join us today in giving to and sharing our project. And join us on September 11 at Lincoln Center or from wherever you are.
"The Table of Silence Project represents the common threads of humanity which unite all mankind into a single force with common goals and aspirations regardless of race, culture, or religion. Through this ritual, we celebrate compassion, and honor the bravery of all those affected by acts of war and suppression of freedom… a call for Peace in our world.” – Jacqulyn Buglisi, choreographer
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