Thursday September 11, 2014 - Attending Jacqulyn Buglisi's TABLE OF SILENCE at Lincoln Center for the fourth consecutive year. This ritualistic dancework is a call for world peace on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
No one will ever forget where they were that morning in 2001. It was a day that brought deep and lasting changes to the way we live: some of them subtle and/or insidious. With mankind mired in religion, racism, sexism, homophobia, and materialism, there's little chance of real progress in a worldwide quest for peace. But we continue to hope, finding solace in music, dance, art, poetry, and nature.
A reverential silence settled over the Plaza this morning as the performance began with the entrée of one hundred white-clad dancers to ancient, evocative sounds of flutes, percussion and vocalizing. Table of Silence unfolds in circling processionals around the Plaza fountain. Unison gestures evoke prayer, fear, supplication or flight. At 8:46 AM, the moment when the first plane struck the World Trade Center tower on that fateful day, the dancers raise their open arms heavenward in a symbolic invocation of peace and hope.
Today's Table of Silence marked the first time I've seen it performed on a overcast day. The cloud cover prevented me from getting clear images with my camera. But there are a few shown below, and more will be found in a Facebook album here.
Lloyd Knight of the Martha Graham Dance Company