“The future of humanity depends on what we do in the present..." – Jacqulyn Buglisi, Choreographer, Artistic Director
The 9/11 Tribute Table of Silence is a public performance ritual for peace from the New York City community of artists to the world, streamed live from the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center.
Created to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11/2001, the Table of Silence has evolved to become a powerful transmitter of universal consciousness and compassion for all people facing oppression of freedom and the tragedy war.
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 tympani, 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.
Embracing the body, mind, and spirit, each dancer manifests a transcendent mantra…”a physical expression of the hope of our world…amazing undertaking and emotionally charged dance…”- Francine Trevens, ART TIMES
At precisely 8:46 AM, the dancers turn their wrists with open palms and extend their arms to the sky for one minute, in a simple gesture of universal peace.
Now in its fifth year, the impact of this ceremony continues to amaze us in its scope, attracting more than 800 dancers, musicians and volunteers since the inaugural tribute. Thanks to our professionally produced livestream video, more than 40,000 households worldwide have viewed the Table of Silence. Our livestream has reached 45 U.S. states and 83 countries including Indonesia, Croatia, France, Egypt, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Africa, and many more.
The Table of Silence is an example of art advancing social justice
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 City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave special recognition to the Table of Silence, calling it: "a public ceremony… broadcast to viewers around the world, using the power of movement to pay respect and show renewed commitment to building a brighter future."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo honored the Table of Silence with a Proclamation stating that it "unites the New York City arts community to spread a message of peace and hope.”
Please consider supporting this incredible “gift to the city” (Pia Catton, Wall Street Journal) on Friday, September 11, 2015, in any way you can.
We celebrate all the artists for their dedication, passion and courage.
“…it's a way for all of us to manifest a peaceful future where such atrocities are a distant memory.” -Bonnie Erickson, Director of Educational Programming, Broadway Dance Center
"The Table of Silence 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
Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre, conceived and choreographed the Table of Silence Project inspired by her meeting with visual artist Rossella Vasta in Umbria, Italy. Buglisi’s Table of Silence Project is the human embodiment of Vasta’s sculptural installation of 100 ceramic plates that represent a symbolic banquet table uniting humanity.
“..with the collective mind, everything is possible" - Jacqulyn Buglisi
For the 9/11 Tribute, Buglisi Dance Theatre collaborates with dancers from across New York City, including, among others, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and dancers from around the world who make up the diverse NYC artist community, in partnership with Dance/NYC and The September Concert.
A New Chapter
“..one step at a time, we make changes…" - Jacqulyn Buglisi
We are honored that people are coming to the Table of Silence to show support and to recognize the value of the shared human experience it embodies. We are grateful to announce that the Dance Notation Bureau deems the Table of Silence important to preserve.
The Dance Notation Bureau will capture the 9/11 Table of Silence in Labanotation as it is taught and rehearsed for this year's performance at Lincoln Center. The completed notation – a dance score for choreography, similar to an archived musical score – is in development. Upon completion, it will allow the Table of Silence to be replicated by dance companies, universities and schools to promote understanding and peace as well as to assist in healing, everywhere there is a need.
Help Us Share Our Message
Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we share our message of peace and healing. Our goal is to maximize our reach to the global community through the livestream broadcast on September 11, 2015. We want to turn the 9/11 Table of Silence Project into a shared, unified ritual for hope and rebirth around the world.
To do this, we need your help. We need funding for the professional production of the livestream feed that will allow viewers around the world to access high quality video of the Table of Silence in real time, for free.
Please help us spread the message of the Table of Silence so more people – children, adults, soldiers, teachers, the suffering, the bullied, the alone, those who want to do something, even something small, together – can share in the Table of Silence. 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 ritual accessible to everyone, in all time zones, at any time.
We are filled with gratitude for the support and contributions we have already received. Now in the home stretch, we must still raise $5,500 to cover the costs of this free public tribute and the simulcast (Union labor fees; videographers, livestream technician; WI-FI hookup on the plaza); post-performance production of YouTube video; paid media and publicity; costume and prop maintenance; insurance; and security. These costs add up quickly. Every dollar is so meaningful to keep this project alive, and the kindness of sharing of our campaign helps us tremendously.
We invite you to be a big part of the 9/11 Table of Silence online community and share our message with your friends to join in the livestream Internet broadcast on 9/11/2015. #911tribute
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, 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 and livestream.
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 2015 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. Join us today in giving to and sharing our project. And join us on September 11 at Lincoln Center or from wherever you are.
"All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.” - MoliereLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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