Sunday September 11th, 2016 - TABLE OF SILENCE, Jacqulyn Buglisi's resonant masterwork which honors those lost in the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 and evolves into a prayer for world peace, was presented this morning on the Plaza at Lincoln Center. Performed by more than 100 dancers to a soundscape of flutes, bells, conch, percussion, and voices, the work is timed to end with a ritualistic raising of the arms heavenward at 8:46 AM, the moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center and history was forever altered. The repercussions of the 9/11 attacks have been widespread and extensively documented.
Watching TABLE OF SILENCE we can, however briefly, find hope in the expression of our common humanity. For that half-hour, we are able to tune out the almost casual violence which permeates our lives; the racism, sexism, ageism, and homophobia which surround us; the corporate greed; the encroaching threat of global warming, the souring of the great religions, and the dumbing-down of society in general. Instead we can, in these fleeting minutes, turn to the solace of dance, music, poetry, and art.
Here are some images from TABLE OF SILENCE 2016:
Three of my friends were appearing in TABLE OF SILENCE today, although they were on the far side of the Plaza from where I was shooting; I was lucky to catch them, from a distance:
...and my beloved Blakeley White-McGuire. (Not sure who the young man in the photo with Blakeley is!)
As the performance progressed, the clouds began to disperse and the sun broke thru. On this day of remembrance and hope, it was ever so nice to run into Audrey Ross and Take Ueyama.
A Facebook album of additional photos from TABLE OF SILENCE 2016 here.