NEW YORK—The Table of Silence Project, is a multi-cultural prayer and dance ceremony for peace commemorating those affected by the devastating terror attack of Sept. 11, 2001. This was the eighth year the performance held at Lincoln Center on the anniversary of 9/11.
Among the participants of the tribute, Richard Daniels, a dancer, explained the purpose of the event.
“I was one of a community of 100 + dancers and musicians that took part in Jacqulyn Buglisi’s piece called Table of Silence which is, basically, a 9/11 memorial event and its dance for peace. Her intention was that people living together would send a vibration of healing and peace for the world.”
Daniels, who was living in New York City, also recalled the day of the attack on the Twin Towers.
“I certainly lived through the horrendous experience of it. It changed the city and it changed America.”
Luisa Munster, a vocalist who also performed, shared why the event holds significance for her and others.
“We’re all here because we want something better, we want something for us altogether, not just personally but kind of a big warm hug I guess.
“And so, a day like today where you want to commemorate, you want to do something, because it was such an impactful day, this as an artist was the perfect way to commemorate that.
“This is my first year and I’m very very glad that I was able to find this opportunity and really it has been an amazing experience. Also because I get to meet new people so that’s a beautiful thing also.
“I think an event like today, personally coming together with these lovely people. There’s nine singers here today, a whole lot of dancers that you saw.
“But to really express in some kind of way an artistic form that they’ve put together beautifully and to join that. And to join the traditions of the eighth year the Table of Silence has happened. So to join into that tradition, to add to it and to bring something new I’m really incredibly honored to be able to do that.”