This morning, New York City Ballet released “New Beginnings,” a video featuring Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour dancing on a roof in the shadow of One World Trade Center. The pair performed the pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, a ballet whose music alone is enough to stir emotion. Filmed at sunrise earlier this year, the video is not touted as a 9/11 tribute, but rather a forward-looking dedication “to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home,” the description says.

September 12 marks the company’s return to the stage following canceled performances the day of the attacks.

2011's tribute at Lincoln Center

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.

Photo by Terri Gold

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