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Crossing the Line Festival 2019

Opening Night directed by Cyril Teste with Isabelle Adjani © Simon Gosselin

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) presents the thirteen edition of Crossing the Line Festival, which will take place at FIAF and throughout New York City from September 12 to October 12, 2019.

Adventurous programming that makes you think as much about your place in the world as about art itself” (The New York Times), Crossing the Line is an annual international arts festival for New York City produced by FIAF, in partnership with leading cultural institutions, which this year include The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Theatre for a New Audience, La MaMa, and ISSUE Project Room.

The 11 performances – all world, US, or New York premieres – and the gallery exhibition featured in the 2019 edition of the festival are united by their convention-breaking fearlessness as they confront topics from social injustice to personal demons. Under the new leadership of Courtney Geraghty, FIAF Artistic Director, two topics emerge this year, honoring legendary artists and celebrating identity beyond borders.

Participating artists include Cyril Teste, Pierre Huyghe, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Fanny de Chaillé, Peter Brook & Marie-Hélène Estienne, Jérôme Bel, Germaine Acogny, Aurélie Charon, Stefanie Batten Bland, Rhys Chatham, Olivier Tarpaga, and François Chaignaud.

For the complete program, please visit crossingtheline.org


Crossing the Line 2019 is made possible through generous leadership support from Air France and Delta Airlines, Florence Gould Foundation, Hermès Foundation (Fondation d'entreprise Hermès), Howard Gilman Foundation, JCDecaux, and The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. Major support comes from FUSED French US Exchange in Dance, Perrier, Pommery, New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.