For the 15-minute “Prologue,” Jacqulyn Buglisi, the creative director of Buglisi Dance Theater, enormously lowered the dimension of “Table of Silence,” whereas retaining many of its ceremonial gestures and the climax of outstretched arms held towards the sky. But she additionally recruited new artists: Mr. Roumain, who composed the rating and carried out it reside; and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who wrote the lyrical poem “Awakening” for the work and skim it for a recording performed over audio system on the plaza. Terese Capucilli, the Martha Graham dancer and instructor, reprised her position as “bell master,” the ritual’s chief.
The poem, like “Table of Silence” itself, is supposed to be “a beautiful message of awakening and hope,” Ms. Buglisi mentioned in an interview. “I think that it’s a really incredible important time for awakening. We need desperately it.” On Friday, it overlapped with Mr. Roumain’s faintly patriotic music as the dancers shaped concentric circles round Lincoln Center’s fountain, their billowing costumes bouncing from the motion and gusts of wind that additionally animated the flag at half-staff outdoors Geffen Hall.