A poetic metaphor for peace, the 9/11 Table of Silence Project is a multi-cultural performance ritual from the New York City community of Artists to the world, streamed live from the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2018, in hopes of sending a vibration of peace that will be felt around the Earth.
“Your passionate belief makes this ritual a powerful testimonial of freedom for all people and is an imperative at this time in our history. For that reason we embrace you, and hope you will unite with us for this year’s Call to Action from the cultural capital of America to the World. One step at a time together, we come closer to peace for all humanity.” – Jacqulyn Buglisi
The Table of Silence Project’s message of humanity holds deep relevance today, given the unspeakable acts of violence and intolerance at home and around the world that escalate daily not only in war-torn countries, but in public spaces and schools. Our hope is to remember not only all those who were tragically affected by the events of 9/11, but to bridge boundaries connecting the world community in a shared experience for peace.
“A gift of dance to the city” – Pia Catton, The Wall Street Journal
The Table of Silence Project was conceived and choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi in 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Italian artist Rossella Vasta’s Table of Silence sculpture inspired the metaphoric use of the plate the dancers embrace in their surplice as a poetic expression of a banquet table uniting humanity.
“As these courageous warriors express their passion for peace, striking the earth with their heels…moving in meditative rhythms of the heartbeat…we behold a sacred landscape.” - Jacqulyn Buglisi
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio echoes her sentiment: “this public ceremony is broadcast to viewers around the world, using the power of movement to pay respect and show renewed commitment to building a brighter future.”
Buglisi Dance Theatre received a Proclamation from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who stated the Table of Silence Project “unites the New York City arts community to spread a message of peace and hope…and honors those who provided such an extraordinary, timeless example of service and bravery that day.”
The Table of Silence Project is performed by Buglisi Dance Theatre, leading 150+ dancers from major companies and conservatories such as the The Juilliard School, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Limon Dance Company, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Conservatory of Dance/Purchase, Marymount Manhattan College, Jennifer Muller/The Works, National Dance Institute, Steps Conservatory, Infinity Dance Theater representing dancers with disabilities, and with performers from around the world who make up the diverse New York City artist community, in partnership with Dance/NYC and The September Concert.
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 12 symbolic gestures repeated in compelling meditative rhythms. Our collective vision is fulfilled together with you in a moment of silence at 8:46am.
“A minute later they stood and dispersed along the lines of sacred geometry. It was a slow procession. Like love, it could not be rushed. As told by Buglisi and passed down by her mentor Martha Graham, ‘Wherever a dancer stands is holy ground.’ This goes beyond righteousness or heresy: Table of Silence Project has consecrated Lincoln Center. Though the dancers have departed, their unspoken prayer remains. This is how healing begins." – Juan Michael Porter II, Ballet Review
The Evolution of the Table of Silence Project
This September 11, 2018, will be the eighth year that Buglisi Dance Theatre presents the Table of Silence Project in New York City. The impact of our ritual for peace continues to amaze us in its scope, attracting over 1,200 dancers, musicians and volunteers since the inaugural tribute.
Thanks to our professionally produced livestream video, the Table of Silence Project has reached hundreds of thousands of people across all 50 U.S. states and 129 countries including Australia, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Korea, Trinidad, Peru, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Namibia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and our soldiers in Afghanistan. And the Table of Silence Project is growing.
We have brought it to Santa Barbara’s Isla Vista community, Syracuse University, and in Europe to advance social justice, unity, peace and healing. The Table of Silence Project has been presented to the Coalition Against Trafficking Women, and to the Day of Forgiveness in Assisi and Perugia. 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.
The Consul General of Italy in New York, Natalia Quintavalle pronounced that the Table of Silence Project is “fundamental to human existence.”
The Power of Sharing Our Message
“The numerous cultures present in that moving sea of humanity mirrors our country’s great diversity…From all corners of the world, people gather to form a table that is hope. Upon that hope is built the indomitable dream for a better life. Buglisi has etched that dream into life through dance.” – Ballet Review
Your contribution gives us the underpinning and helps support our efforts to bring awareness to the strengths and fragility of the family of man, and that of our planet Earth for the survival of humanity.
We are filled with gratitude for your stewardship and donations we have already received. Now, it is imperative that we must still raise $7,500 to cover the costs of producing this free public performance, the expensive simulcast, and post-production costs that are essential to achieving the integrity of this magnanimous ritual.
We appreciate every social media share, every dollar, and every moment you take to remember the 9/11 Table of Silence Project. We honor your commitment to the future of peace through art. Your gracious generosity makes possible our reaching over half a million people since the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Risks and challenges
We are extremely grateful to you, our Kickstarter Community for making the 9/11 Table of Silence Project possible since we launched our first Kickstarter campaign in 2013. Without you, we truly could not share our offering with the world.
As our times have changed since the first presentation of the 9/11 Table of Silence Project eight years ago, so have our costs. However, our commitment to producing an inclusive event, free and open to the public both in person and via livestream is unwavering. The costs to do so are real, and aren’t always easy to see.
Production expenses include such costs as rehearsal space large enough for 150+ dancers, Union labor fees, security, and Wi-Fi hookup at Lincoln Center, as well as required insurance, camera crew and post-performance editing of the livestream to create the video that grants permanent access to The Table of Silence Project online for everyone, in all time zones, at any time, for free.
We take nothing for ourselves. Every dollar you generously donate is used to keep this project alive, and the kindness you show by supporting and sharing our campaign allows us to send a message of hope, compassion, and peace with the world community.
Kickstarter is an "all-or-nothing" proposition. If we don’t meet our goal of $7,500, your credit card will not be charged and our project receives none of the benefits of your generosity.
Any amount raised in excess of our goal helps us further defray the costs of the project, and allows us to spread our vision of peace even farther.
Aside from the 5% Kickstarter fee and a 3-5% Stripe credit card processing fee, all funds raised are used directly for the Table of Silence Project performance event and livestream, and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Thank you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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