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Crossing the Line Festival

The eleventh annual edition of the FIAF’s (French Institute Alliance Française) path-breaking fall arts festival will fill prestigious performance venues, museums, public spaces, and other surprising locations across New York City with vital, imaginative new works by artists of vastly diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and practices. 

The New York Times has called Crossing the Line “an interdisciplinary wonder,” and Time Out New York has hailed the festival for “some of the most exciting programming happening this fall.”

Highlights include:

  • Electronic music composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda uses raw data and mathematical models in the New York premiere of supercodex [live set]a dazzling audiovisual concert.
  • Congolese artist Faustin Linyekula is the subject of a special Artist Focus, featuring the world premiere of a new commission on the art, politics, and tumultuous history of his homeland; the US premiere of the poetic, political fairy tale In Search of Dinozord; and the world premiere of Festival of Dreamsa series of performances with It’s Showtime NYC! dancers in Brooklyn and the South Bronx.
  • The US debut of French photographer Alain Willaume’s VULNERABLEan immersive installation of enigmatic images that evoke the ghostly undercurrent of our everyday lives.
  • #PUNKa riotous sonic and visual performance by iconoclastic choreographer Nora Chipaumire, inspired by Patti Smith, Americana, and her years growing up in Zimbabwe, in its US premiere.
  • The New York premiere of American writer-director Annie Dorsen’s The Great Outdoorsa sublime journey through the vast universe of the internet in the darkness of a planetarium.
  • The New York premiere of Italian choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni’s UNTITLED_I will be there when you diea thrilling spectacle embodying the drama and artistry of the juggler’s struggle.
  • The New York premiere of Moroccan dancer-choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen’s Corbeaux (Crows)a potent, site-specific living sculpture inspired by Moroccan trance rituals.
  • The New York premiere, on electronic billboards surrounding Times Square, of Voir la merfrom France’s foremost conceptual artist, Sophie Calle, featuring a series of intimate, evocative video portraits revealing the emotional response of Istanbul inhabitants seeing the sea for the first time.
  • UK drag fabulist Dickie Beau’s first major US show, Blackouts, which finds him conjuring icons Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and journalist Richard Meryman in ethereal, uncanny invocations.
  • The US premiere of Dutch theater-maker Adelheid Roosen and journalist Nazmiye Oral’s timely No Longer Without Youa public debate between a traditional Muslim immigrant and her Westernized daughter about faith, sexuality, and values, in the intimate circle of a staged living room.