Alumna Marks 9/11 Through Dance

| September 11, 2011

Sarah Skaggs ’79 lived just 20 blocks from the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

“ … I saw the whole thing,” Skaggs, director of Sarah Skaggs Dance in New York, recently told the Washington Post. “I thought: After something like this, dance — which to me is something joyous, ecstatic, athletic — what can dance do after this disastrous time?”

Before long she had choreographed her solo “Dances for Airports,” inspired by Brian Eno’s quiet “Music for Airports,” to channel her reaction to the tragedy. For the 10-year anniversary of the attacks, Skaggs has expanded the solo into a commemorative public art project called “9/11 Dance: A Roving Memorial.”

The 11-minute piece will be performed in parks and other public spaces in New York, Washington, and in Shanksville, Pa., at the Flight 93 National Memorial. About 50 dancers ages 20 to 70 are involved in the project.

For locations and times, visit You can also read more about Skaggs’ project and her reaction to 9/11 here:

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Category: Alumnae and Development, Dance, Performing Arts, Uncategorized