Table of Silence Project 9/11: Musician Fees
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The Table of Silence Project 9/11
On Thursday morning, September 11, 2014, Buglisi Dance Theatre presented for the fourth consecutive year The Table of Silence Project 9/11, a performance ritual for peace on the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, NYC that was live streamed around the world. Created by Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi, this year’s “Table” featured 158 dancers and nine musicians. Funding was provided by NewMusicUSA towards musician fees. The ritualistic music develops from a melody composed by flautist Andrea Ceccomori that recalls the echo of many voices, the human breath and the rhythm of the heartbeat. Its composition was expanded for the singers through a more operatic form designed for the open air acoustics of the performance space. The ensemble included: Vocalists: Sopranos Helga Davis and Marissa Mulder, and Mezzo-Soprano Hai-Ting Chinn; Flute: Andrea Ceccomori, Mariano Gil; Flute and Conch: John Ragusa, Percussion: Paula Jeanine Bennett, Jeremy Smith; Bells: Terese Capucilli. The dancers included professionals and students from NYC’s premier ensembles and conservatories: Buglisi Dance Theatre, The Martha Graham Dance Company & School of Contemporary Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jennifer Muller/The Works, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, and dancers from around the world who make up the NYC artist community. The 2014 live stream broadcast by Nel Shelby Productions reached 12,000 viewers, adding to the 30,000 viewers in 82 countries and 45 states since the inaugural Table of Silence in 2011. The Table was honored by Proclamations for uniting the community from Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Table of Silence Project 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 event, we wish to achieve the dual purpose of celebrating and honoring peace, through listening, a united moment of silence – a call for Peace in our world… – Jacqulyn Buglisi
Support is requested towards the (nine) musician fees in the fourth presentation of The Table of Silence Project on the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center on Thursday, September 11, 2014. This free, site-specific dance for peace was conceived by choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi in collaboration with visual artist Rossella Vasta and presented in partnership with Dance/NYC and the September Concerts. Since its inception on the 10th anniversary of 9/11/2011, the annual live stream broadcasts to date have been seen by more than 25,000 households across the U.S. in 45 states and worldwide in 82 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. It is humbling to realize that we have come to this time in our country’s history when we as artists have the ability to touch so many people in one instant as never before. Pia Catton of The Wall Street Journal calls the tribute “a gift of dance to the city”.
Moving to the minimal plaintive cries of the singers, echoes of the flute and conch, and the ritualistic beat of the timpani, 160+ dancers ascend onto the Josie Robertson Plaza forming patterns of concentric circles to create a peace labyrinth that culminates symbolically at 8:46 am and signifies eternity, purity, and the continuous life cycle. This sacred landscape is filled with the transcendent energy of the Mandala, connecting dancers, musicians, and viewers to the healing rituals of the natural world.
The ritualistic music develops from a melody composed by flautist Andrea Ceccomori that recalls the echo of many voices, the human breath and the rhythm of the heartbeat. For the 2014 presentation, we are hoping to expand upon the composition for the singers through a more operatic form that travels well acoustically across the open Plaza at Lincoln Center. The ensemble is comprised professionals and graduates of such conservatories as The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music and include: Percussion: Paula Jeanine Bennett, Jeremy Smith, Sam Budish; Flute: Mariano Gil; Flute and Conch: John Ragusa, Singers: Soprano Amanda Baisinger, Soprano Gizelxanath, Mezzo-Soprano Carla Lopez-Speziale. Participating dancers are both professionals and students from NYC’s premier conservatories and studios: Buglisi Dance Theatre, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, the Martha Graham Company and School, and the National Dance Institute.
Our hope is that, through the universal language of music and dance, The Table of Silence Project will serve to honor not only those lost on 9/11, but also will nurture the spirit for global understanding, compassion and tolerance.
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New York, New York