Jacqulyn Buglisi has a flair for drama. To encourage the students in her intermediate and advanced Graham classes at The Ailey School to open their sternums in a high release, she tells them to stretch “like a flower came out of your heart." When attempting to convey the weight of a hand gesture, she explains that they must “pull the hem of heaven from the sky." During the extensive warm-up sequence, she reminds them that this is no time for complacency: “We don't do positions. We dance the series." Despite her penchant for the Graham dramatics, Buglisi is equally quick to curb any excess of melodrama in her students. “No Swan Lake with the arms," she admonishes one whose wrists are limply crossed.
To commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks next Wednesday, choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and her Buglisi Dance Theatre will present the “Table of Silence Project 9/11” for the third time at Lincoln Center. The performance, which begins at 8:15 am and ends promptly at 8:46 am (precisely when American Airlines Flight II crashed into the North Tower), brings together over 100 dancers from the New York City community of dance artists. The dancers will circle the Revson Fountain in Lincoln Center (on the corner of West 64th Street and Columbus Avenue) and end the tribute by turning their open palms to the sky, with arms raised above head, for one full minute. Audience members are invited to do the same, in an effort to evoke peace. Buglisi is joined by two collaborators: visual artist Rossella Vasta and flautist Andrea Ceccomori.
Can’t make it in person? The tribute will be live-streamed at buglisidance.org at 8:15 am, Eastern Standard Time, on September 11.