Dancing to Connect: Rising A 9/11 Tribute09 Sep 2021, Posted by in
Please join us at 8:46 a.m. on Saturday, September 11th at Franklin Station traffic island
(at the intersection of Franklin Street, Varick Street and West Broadway)
About the Event
On Saturday, September 11, Battery Dance will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, with a live performance.
At 8:46 am, the exact time the first plane hit the North Tower, five performers from Battery Dance will mark the date by gathering on the traffic island bordered by West Broadway, Varick and Franklin Streets, dancing to the strains of a solo violin. This year’s tribute to the victims of 9/11, symbolizing resilience and healing, harkens back to September 2001, when the Company emerged from its loft in the Frozen Zone below Canal Street and Tadej Brdnik danced a solo accompanied by four musicians on that same traffic island, in view of the empty sky corridor that had previously been punctuated by the Twin Towers.
Battery Dance’s Vivake Khamsingsavath will direct the tribute, dancing alongside fellow Company members Sarah Housepian and Jill Linkowski. They will be joined by Brdnik, who will come out of retirement to participate in the memorial, accompanied by violinist Yu-Wei Hsiao. Together the diverse group of artists, with a collective heritage from Laos, Armenia, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, and Taiwan, represent a microcosm of those lost on that tragic day.
Just as it was 20 years earlier, the event will be devoid of speeches or fanfare – a simple prayer in movement and music, echoing off the nearby buildings and available for anyone to witness. Founding Artistic Director Jonathan Hollander explained, “We welcome passers-by, neighbors, and anyone who may feel inspired to join us as a way of marking this tragic life-changing occasion with the beauty and solemnity of this performance.”