The 9/11 Tribute “Table of Silence Project” Blends Dance and Ritual at Lincoln Center

The 9/11 Tribute “Table of Silence Project” Blends Dance and Ritual at Lincoln Center

Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi’s “The Table of Silence Project 9/11” returns to Lincoln Center Plaza on Tuesday, Sept. 11, for the eighth year in a row to commemorate the lives that were lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The performance — which features more than 150 dancers dressed entirely in white, a solo flute, a tympani, meditation bells and the blowing of a conch shell — is part dance performance, part prayer ritual. The site-specific work was inspired by artist Rossella Vasta’s installation of 100 ceramic white plates, meant to symbolize and promote tolerance, equality, acceptance and peace. Professional dancers from major dance companies and student dancers from schools and universities perform the work, which begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at exactly 8:46 a.m., when the first plane struck the World Trade Center’s North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001.

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