Saturday, September 11, 2021

9/11 Table of Silence Project



A group of people dressed in all white sit around a fountain in a circle with legs crossed and arms raised in the air. Two more circles of people in the same clothing and position surround them, and an audience stands around at the back.

Table of Silence Project 9.11. Photo by Terri Gold

When: Saturday, September 11, 2021, 8:00 a.m.
Where: Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, NYC; 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
Event Capacity: A presentation of Restart Stages, and the Arnhold Dance Innovation Fund, the program is free and open to the public. Limited capacity.
Questions: Contact or call 212-719-3301 (voice only) for questions about this event.

Not able to attend in person?
Tune in at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021,, Facebook Live, or YouTube


The Plaza’s wheelchair-accessible entrance is located at Josie Robertson Plaza, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza. Accessible pick-up and drop-off points are located at:

  • West 62nd Street 
  • The David Geffen Hall and David H. Koch Theater entrance ramps on the corner of West 63rd and 65th Streets and Columbus Avenue. 

There is an elevator on West 65th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway, next to the Lincoln Center Theater marquee. Accessible restrooms are located on the concourse level, and can be accessed via the elevator outside of the David H. Koch Theater.

For questions about accessiblity, please contact: [email protected] | 212-875-5375 (voice only)

About: Dance/NYC is pleased to join with Buglisi Dance Theatre, and its partners the Lincoln Center and Nel Shelby Productions to present the Reimagined Table of Silence Project 9/11. This free, public performance ritual for global unity and peace was conceived and choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi, 2020 Bessie Award Special Citation Honoree, and features live and virtual elements. Reimagined for our current time, and in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this year’s Table of Silence Project honors the lives lost on 9/11 and the years since, and the current crises that face humanity today. 

Performance Details: The live performance features an excerpt of Buglisi’s masterwork Requiem, created in 2001 as an immediate response to 9/11, and the reimagined Table of Silence Prologue ritual, created in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. These works are performed live by 36 dancers encircling Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain, with Daniel Bernard Roumain on violin, Marc Bamuthi Joseph performing his spoken word piece Awakening, and Terese Capucilli leading the ritual as Bell Master. The livestream also includes the World Premiere of Études II, a film by Nel Shelby Productions that features dancers from around the world in movement stories inspired by the twelve repetitive sacred gestures of the Table of Silence Project; and the full presentation of the 2019 Table of Silence Project 9/11, a public tribute to the events of 9/11 and a call to action for peace in our world. The program concludes at 8:46 a.m. when together we raise our arms in a moment of silence for peace. 

“Dance has the power to transcend all boundaries and bring cultures together through our shared humanity. One step at a time, we make change for peace as we recognize our resilience for the future of all life on our beautiful planet.” - jb

Performers: Buglisi Dance Theatre, with 

  • Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Dance Theater of Harlem
  • Limón Dance Company 
  • Graham 2
  • Ailey II
  • Alison Cook Beatty Dance
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
  • The Juilliard School
  • The Ailey School

and professional artists from the diverse NYC arts community.    


BDT Leadership Support provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Arnhold Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Edward and Caroline Hyman, The Shubert Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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