FIAF - Crossing the Line Festival 2016

August 29, 2016 | By French Culture Arts

The tenth annual edition of Crossing the line, FIAF's celebrated fall arts festival will run from September 22 through November 3rd. It presents interdisciplinary works and performances by artists from around the world, in venues and public spaces throughout New York City, with Anne Nguyen, Rachid Ouramdane and Jérôme Bel coming from France.

Anne Nguyen, breakdance world champion and one of France’s most up-and-coming choreographers, makes her U.S. debut with Graphic Cyphers, a collaboration with the organisation Dancing in the Streets A radical take on the hip-hop cypher, created in collaboration with 20 NYC street dancers, Graphic Cyphers will be presented at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Roberto Clemente Plaza in the South Bronx, and will culminate in a final performance in Times Square.  Then, Nguyen's quartet Autarcie (….),  a search for self-sufficiency,  four jumpsuit-clad female hip-hop dancers face off in a hypnotic, ritual warrior dance, will be presented at the Gibney Dance Center.

The  celebrated French choreographer Jérôme Bel returns to Crossing the Line for this 10th edition with the presentations of major works, including the U.S. premiere of his radical, iconic performance Jérôme Bel at The Kitchen; his landmark work The Show Must Go On at The Joyce Theater; and a screening of Bel’s widely admired film Véronique Doisneau. In the world premiere commission Artist’s Choice: Jérôme Bel/MoMA Dance Company, the choreographer brings together 20 to 25 MoMA staff members for solo and group performances in the Museum of Modern Art’s Marron Atrium.

French choreographer Rachid Ouramdane also returns to New York following his 2011 performances of World Fair and Ordinary Witnesses (“among the most remarkable dance-theater works of our time”—The New York Times). In TORDRE (WROUGHT), a U.S. premiere, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, two of Ouramdane’s longtime collaborators— Lora Juodkaite and Annie Hanauer—perform raw, captivating self-portraits.

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