Crossing the Line 2015 FIAF Fall Festival • September 10 through October 4

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Crossing the Line 2015

FIAF Fall Festival • September 10 through October 4

 

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is thrilled to present the ninth edition of its celebrated interdisciplinary arts festival Crossing the Line, which runs from September 10th through October 4th, 2015 in venues throughout New York City.

 

This year’s edition of the festival kicks off with the US premiere of Suite n°2, French director Joris Lacoste’s poignant and uproarious concert celebrating the virtuosity of the spoken word. Compiled from L’Encyclopédie de la parole, his vast online archive of voice recordings, the performance spans the banal, the serious, the political, the intimate, and the public, to reveal the exuberance of human expression.

 

With It was a time that was a time, British multimedia artist Shezad Dawood presents the world premiere of an experimental, post-apocalyptic film investigating the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Shot on the beaches of Far Rockaway, Coney Island, and Staten Island, the film will be shown as part of Dawood’s debut US solo exhibition.

 

French art director and curator Olivia Bransbourg will launch the latest edition of her cult magazine ICONOfly, diary of an accessory, exploring the sneaker and its impact on our travels—physical, cerebral, and sentimental—through New York City. Featuring contributions from Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Laurent Derobert, Justine Emard, Edward Granger, Pierre Hardy, Emma Pratte, Tom Sachs, and Tatiana Trouvé, as well as Crossing the Line 2015 artists Gustavo Ciriaco, Andrea Sonnberger, Elana Langer, and Shezad Dawood, this edition will be accompanied by a new perfume created in collaboration with Dawood.

 

For New York-based artist Elana Langer, the greatest luxury item of all is our thoughtfulness. Following the launch of her product-less brand, WhatILiveBy, Crossing the Line will host pop-ups at festival events and kiosks throughout the city, inviting participants to articulate their values and choices through the items they wear.

 

Literally bound together by a giant rubber band, participants in Here whilst we walk, a US premiere from Brazilian artist Gustavo Ciriaco and Austrian artist Andrea Sonnberger, become part of an instant community, a collective spectacle, and an ephemeral space as they rediscover the city’s hidden beauty.

 

With bold colors and caustic humor, French photographers Mazaccio & Drowilal repurpose images from popular culture into audacious collages. For their first New York exhibition, the pair draws delicious irony from the vulgarity and clichés flooding our visually wayward universe, to reveal the subliminal messages we rarely question.

 

Provocative New York performer and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez confronts mid-career anxiety in Age & Beauty, his three-part celebration of queerness, performance, and mortality. Examining past, present, and future in the life of an artist, the triptych will be presented for the first time in its entirety in New York.

 

In Chambre, New York writer, choreographer, and performer Jack Ferver and visual artist Marc Swanson draw on sources from Jean Genet’s iconic play The Maids to Lady Gaga’s now-infamous 2013 deposition against a former personal assistant. Sometimes farcical, sometimes savage, this hybrid performance and art installation is an irreverent, playful commentary on gender, celebrity, and the widening class divide.

 

Outfitted with a flashlight, a safety vest, and a pair of headphones, audience members enter the empty stage of Bessie award-winning British artist Ant Hampton’s The Extra People as both spectator and participant.

 

British writer Adrian Heathfield and New York-based Brazilian curator and dramaturg André Lepecki convene artists, curators, and academics for Afterlives: The Persistence of Performance, a series of five timely conversations and lectures on critical issues of contemporary arts practice and the implications of capturing, archiving, and disseminating performance.

 

Potent and political, Lives, a solo performance from Paris-based Iranian artist Ali Moini in collaboration with Greek visual artist George Apostolakos, presented in its US premiere, draws on Moini’s own biography to explore the fragmentation of identity and the search for self.

 

Six dancers enter the stage and begin to perform a traditional Bavarian folk dance in Folk-s, will you still love me tomorrow?, the East Coast debut of Italian performance maker Alessandro Sciarroni. Visceral and hypnotic, the piece probes the limits of human endurance in a fusion of dance, performance art, and anthropological ritual.

 

Inaugurated in 2007, Crossing the Line explores the dialogue between artist and public, and examines how artists help re-imagine the world as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution. Initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading cultural institutions, Crossing the Line is co-curated by Lili Chopra, FIAF’s Artistic Director; Simon Dove, independent curator; and Gideon Lester, Director of Theater Programs at Bard College.

 

“Welcome to the ninth edition of Crossing the Line, an international festival for New York City. The artists and companies in this year’s festival invite us to leap with them across many lines—the lines that traditionally define art forms, or demarcate national identity, or divide artists from audiences, or separate ‘me’ from ‘you.’ We are glad to join you on this adventure.”—Lili Chopra, Simon Dove, Gideon Lester, co-curators of Crossing the Line.

 

About Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line is the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s annual fall festival, presenting interdisciplinary works and performances in New York. The festival explores the dialogue between artist and public, and examines how artists help re-imagine the world as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution. Crossing the Line is initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading cultural institutions. The festival’s ninth edition takes place this year from September 10–October 4, 2015.

 

France has a long history of supporting national and international cultural practices, welcoming and nurturing new ideas and influential perspectives from around the world. FIAF, as the leading French cultural institution in the US, critically maintains that tradition through the Crossing the Line festival, presenting leading edge artists from France and the US alongside their peers from around the world.

 

Since its inauguration in 2007, Crossing the Line has cultivated an increasingly large and diverse following, and received numerous accolades in the press. The festival has been voted “Best of 2009,” “Best of 2010,” “Best of 2012,” “Best of 2013,” and “Best of 2014” by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, Artforum, and Frieze, with performances earning an Obie and several Bessie awards. The New York Times states, “For terrifically unusual, unpredictable, unnameable performance, we’ve come to expect a lot from … the curators of the French Institute Alliance Française’s interdisciplinary festival,” and The New Yorker says, “This interdisciplinary festival…goes from strength to strength.” For more information, visit fiaf.org/ctl.

 

Below is the press release with the full program, and here is a link to the Crossing the Line website and festival trailer: fiaf.org/ctl. Full festival info and tickets will be available early August.

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
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French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

presents

New York’s Acclaimed Interdisciplinary Festival

Presents Eight Premieres in Venues and Public Spaces Throughout New York City

 

 

New York, New York, June 17, 2015The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, today announces the full program for Crossing the Line 2015, the ninth annual edition of its celebrated fall arts festival, presenting interdisciplinary works and performances by artists from around the world. Crossing the Line runs from September 10 through October 4 in venues throughout New York City. Tickets will go on sale in late July.

 

This year’s edition of the festival kicks off with the US premiere of Suite n°2, French director Joris Lacoste’s poignant and uproarious concert celebrating the virtuosity of the spoken word. Compiled from L’Encyclopédie de la parole, his vast online archive of voice recordings, the performance spans the banal, the serious, the political, the intimate, and the public, to reveal the exuberance of human expression.

 

With It was a time that was a time, British multimedia artist Shezad Dawood presents the world premiere of an experimental, post-apocalyptic film investigating the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Shot on the beaches of Far Rockaway, Coney Island, and Staten Island, the film will be shown as part of Dawood’s debut US solo exhibition.

 

French art director and curator Olivia Bransbourg will launch the latest edition of her cult magazine ICONOfly, diary of an accessory, exploring the sneaker and its impact on our travels—physical, cerebral, and sentimental—through New York City. Featuring contributions from Crossing the Line 2015 artists Gustavo Ciriaco, Elana Langer, and Shezad Dawood, this edition will be accompanied by a new perfume created in collaboration with Dawood.

 

For New York-based artist Elana Langer, the greatest luxury item of all is our thoughtfulness. Following the launch of her product-less brand, WhatILiveBy, Crossing the Line will host pop-ups at festival events and kiosks throughout the city, inviting participants to articulate their values and choices through the items they wear.

 

Literally bound together by a giant rubber band, participants in Here whilst we walk, a US premiere from Brazilian artist Gustavo Ciriaco and Austrian artist Andrea Sonnberger, become part of an instant community, a collective spectacle, and an ephemeral space as they rediscover the city’s hidden beauty.

 

With bold colors and caustic humor, French photographers Mazaccio & Drowilal repurpose images from popular culture into audacious collages. For their first New York exhibition, the pair draws delicious irony from the vulgarity and clichés flooding our visually wayward universe, to reveal the subliminal messages we rarely question.

 

Provocative New York performer and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez confronts mid-career anxiety in Age & Beauty, his three-part celebration of queerness, performance, and mortality. Examining past, present, and future in the life of an artist, the triptych will be presented for the first time in its entirety in New York.

 

In Chambre, New York writer, choreographer, and performer Jack Ferver and visual artist Marc Swanson draw on sources from Jean Genet’s iconic play The Maids to Lady Gaga’s now-infamous 2013 deposition against a former personal assistant. Sometimes farcical, sometimes savage, this hybrid performance and art installation is an irreverent, playful commentary on gender, celebrity, and the widening class divide.

 

Outfitted with a flashlight, a safety vest, and a pair of headphones, audience members enter the empty stage of Bessie award-winning British artist Ant Hampton’s The Extra People as both spectator and participant.

 

British writer Adrian Heathfield and New York-based Brazilian curator and dramaturg André Lepecki convene artists, curators, and academics for Afterlives: The Persistence of Performance, a series of five timely conversations and lectures on critical issues of contemporary arts practice and the implications of capturing, archiving, and disseminating performance.

 

Potent and political, Lives, a solo performance from Paris-based Iranian artist Ali Moini in collaboration with Greek visual artist George Apostolakos, presented in its US premiere, draws on Moini’s own biography to explore the fragmentation of identity and the search for self.

 

Six dancers enter the stage and begin to perform a traditional Bavarian folk dance in Folk-s, will you still love me tomorrow?, the New York debut of Italian performance maker Alessandro Sciarroni. Visceral and hypnotic, the piece probes the limits of human endurance in a fusion of dance, performance art, and anthropological ritual.

 

Inaugurated in 2007, Crossing the Line explores the dialogue between artist and public, and examines how artists help re-imagine the world as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution. Initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading cultural institutions, Crossing the Line is co-curated by Lili Chopra, FIAF’s Artistic Director; Simon Dove, independent curator; and Gideon Lester, Director of Theater Programs at Bard College.

 

“Welcome to the ninth edition of Crossing the Line, an international festival for New York City. The artists and companies in this year’s festival invite us to leap with them across many lines—the lines that traditionally define art forms, or demarcate national identity, or divide artists from audiences, or separate ‘me’ from ‘you.’ We are glad to join you on this adventure.”—Lili Chopra, Simon Dove, Gideon Lester, co-curators of Crossing the Line.

 


JORIS LACOSTE: Suite n°2 (US Premiere)

Co-presented with the Hermès Foundation’s (Fondation d’entreprise Hermès) New Settings program

Thursday, September 10 & Friday, September 11 at 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)

FIAF Members $20; Non-Members $25

In Suite n°2, an uproarious and poignant concert emerges from the simplest of sources—the spoken word.

 

A group of five performers overlays and intertwines entries from Joris Lacoste’s Encyclopédie de la parole—a vast online archive of voice recordings—in a virtuosic performance that decontextualizes speech into iconic mementos of civilization.

 

Spanning the banal, the political, the intimate, and the public, this playful and compelling performance amplifies every hesitation, intonation, and utterance of human expression beyond words.

 

In multiple languages with English supertitles.

 

www.encyclopediedelaparole.org

 

 

SHEZAD DAWOOD: It was a time that was a time (World Premiere)

Presented by Pioneer Works as part of Crossing the Line 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11 at 6:30pm

Saturday, September 12 through Sunday, November 1

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 12–6pm

Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street (between Van Brunt and Conover Street), Brooklyn, NYC

Free and open to the public

What would you do if you were among the last people on earth? British multimedia artist Shezad Dawood and the Red Hook community together imagine life after a monumental disaster.

 

The result is It was a time that was a time, an experimental post-apocalyptic film at the center of Dawood’s first major US solo exhibition. Shot on the beaches of Far Rockaway, Coney Island, and Staten Island, this film investigates the lasting effects of Hurricane Sandy and envisions building a new society from the ruins of an environmental catastrophe.

 

In addition to the commissioned film, Pioneer Works will display work in textile, neon, and video from the MoMA and Tate alum.

 

 

OLIVIA BRANSBOURG: ICONOfly

September

Copies of ICONOfly will be available at select Crossing the Line events.

Check fiaf.org/ctl for details.

Free

French art director and curator Olivia Bransbourg turns the obsessive attention of her cult magazine—ICONOfly, diary of an accessory—to one of New York’s most recognizable fashion statements: sneakers.

 

In this special edition of ICONOfly, artists, writers, historians, and designers will create original work considering how sneakers impact the journeys—physical, intellectual, emotional—we take through,

in, and around New York City. Featuring contributions from Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Laurent Derobert, Justine Emard, Edward Granger, Pierre Hardy, Emma Pratte, Tom Sachs, and Tatiana Trouvé, as well as Crossing the Line 2015 artists Gustavo Ciriaco, Andrea Sonnberger, Elana Langer, and Shezad Dawood.

 

This edition designed by Atelier Baldinger • Vu-Huu in Paris will be launched alongside Attache-Moi/It was a time that was a time, a new perfume created in collaboration with British artist Shezad Dawood.

 

In English and French.

 

 

ELANA LANGER: WhatILiveBy

For times and locations of WhatILiveBy pop-ups, visit fiaf.org/ctl  

Free and open to the public

New York-based artist Elana Langer considers the ultimate luxury in this life to be thoughtfulness and our ability to apply it to our choices. Her product-less brand, WhatILiveBy, invites us to transform everyday accessories into affirmations of our truth by attaching the WhatILiveBy logo to the things we already own.

 

Following the brand’s official launch, Crossing the Line will host WhatILiveBy pop-ups at festival events and kiosks around the city. Stop by with something you own that represents your values, brand it with a WhatILiveBy label, and share your story.

 

 

MIGUEL GUTIERREZ: Age & Beauty (NYC Premiere)

Co-presented with New York Live Arts

Wednesday, September 16 through Saturday, September 26

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue)

Tickets start at $15

Astounding American performer and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez meets mid-life head-on in this wild and ebullient triptych that celebrates queerness, art-making, and mortality. Gutierrez explores the nostalgic past, the prosaic present, and the imagined future of a life in art in the New York City premiere of the complete Age & Beauty series.

 

In English.

 

Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/

Saturday, September 19, Sunday, September 20 & Saturday, September 26 at 3pm

Tuesday, September 22 & Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30pm

Synchronized movement veers into irreverent disorderliness in this fierce duet between Gutierrez and dancer Mickey Mahar, originally created for the Whitney Biennial.

 

Age & Beauty Part 2: Asian Beauty @ the Werq Meeting or The Choreographer &

Her Muse or &:@&

Friday, September 18 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 19, Sunday, September 20 & Saturday, September 26 at 6pm 

Thursday, September 24 & Friday, September 25 at 10pm

Gutierrez explores his relationships with longtime collaborators choreographer Michelle Boulé, lighting designer Lenore Doxsee, and producer Ben Pryor in this touching meditation on the challenges of aging, archive, and artistic administration.

 

Age & Beauty Part 3: Dancer or You can make whatever the fuck you want but you’ll only tour solos or The Powerful People or We are strong/We are powerful/We are beautiful/We are divine or &:’///

Wednesday, September 16 & Thursday, September 17 at 7:30pm

Saturday, September 19, Sunday, September 20 & Saturday, September 26 at 8pm 

Thursday, September 24 & Friday, September 25 at 7:30pm

As Gutierrez imagines his work having a life beyond him, he assembles his utopian ideal of a dance company for the end of the world. Jen Rosenblit, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Alex Rodabaugh, and Gutierrez’s 8-year-old godchild Ezra Azrieli Holzman form a striking group; their ages, body types, and technical capabilities each captivating whilst disrupting the traditional image of the dancer.

 

 

MAZACCIO & DROWILAL

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 15 from 6–8pm during FIAF’s Open House

Wednesday, September 16 through Saturday, November 7

FIAF Gallery, 22 East 60th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)

Tuesday through Friday, 11am–6pm; Saturday, 11am–5pm

Free and open to the public

By repurposing images from popular media, this caustic young pair of French photographers forces us to reconsider the subliminal messages we generally try to ignore.

 

Creating deliciously ironic original images, they illustrate photographic clichés using strong colors and bold collages. Following acclaimed exhibitions in Arles, Paris, and Los Angeles, this show marks their New York debut.

 

Curated by François Hébel.

 
GUSTAVO CIRIACO & ANDREA SONNBERGER: Here whilst we walk (US Premiere)

Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm

Starts at Pioneer Books, 289 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NYC

$15

In the tradition of the flâneur, Brazilian artist Gustavo Ciriaco and his partner Austrian artist Andrea Sonnberger carefully guide you on an hour-long, silent walk through the streets of Red Hook. Literally bound to the group by a supersized rubber band, you become part of an instant community, a collective spectacle, an ephemeral space. Together, New York’s quietest glimmers of beauty are yours to discover.

 

Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York as part of the Moving Sounds Festival.

 

 

JACK FERVER & MARC SWANSON: Chambre (NYC Premiere)

Co-presented with the New Museum as part of the R&D Season, PERSONA

Installation: Wednesday, September 23 through Sunday, October 4

Performances:

Thursday, September 24, Friday, September 25, Thursday October 1 & Friday, October 2 at 7pm

Saturday, September 26, Sunday, September 27, Saturday, October 3 & Sunday October 4 at 3pm

New Museum Theater, 235 Bowery (between Stanton and Rivington Street)

FIAF and New Museum Members $15; Non-Members $20

Installation on view during museum hours with admission.

American writer, choreographer, and director Jack Ferver and visual artist Marc Swanson take Jean Genet’s The Maids as a point of departure for a farcical attack on our culture of celebrity and greed.

 

Ferver refracts Genet through many lenses, including the gruesome facts of the real-life murders that inspired The Maids; Lady Gaga’s infamous courtroom deposition speech; role-play; and a manic fantasy escape to the City of Lights.

 

Swanson’s mythic and evocative sculptures—on view as an installation during museum hours—function as both freestanding art and a theatrical set. Ferver is joined by performers Jacob Slominski and Michelle Mola in an exquisite and outrageous performance that asks not how such a violent thing could have happened, but why things like this don’t happen more often.

 

Performance in English.

 

 

ANT HAMPTON: The Extra People (NYC Premiere)

Friday, September 25 at 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 & 9pm

Saturday, September 26 at 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 & 7:30pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)

FIAF Members $20; Non-Members $25

Equipped with a flashlight, a neon vest, and a pair of headphones, you enter an empty theater as an extra, navigating a bespoke path through the cracked dreams of today’s growing number of short-term, disposable workers. Your role shifts and switches as you set off on an adventure in the dark.

 

A continuation of British artist Ant Hampton’s Autoteatro series—in which audiences are both spectator and performer, following cues delivered straight to their ears—The Extra People challenges the assumption that theater is a space for community. Individually streamed recordings and tricks of perception isolate you from the rest of the audience and bring to this automatic process a hallucinatory edge.

 

A co-production with EMPAC, Kaaitheater, and Malta Festival Posnan; supported by the Culture Program of the European Commission via the House on Fire network, and King’s Fountain.

 

 

ADRIAN HEATHFIELD & ANDRÉ LEPECKI: Afterlives: The Persistence of Performance

Co-presented with the Museum of Modern Art

Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27

Artists, curators, and thinkers gather over three days to present talks and stage intensive conversations on vital issues for contemporary performance practice.

 

Performance is increasingly documented, archived, institutionally incorporated, and globally disseminated. While its ephemerality is often celebrated, it binds performance to its many returns, its mediations, and afterlives. Now criticism is focused more on the recurrence and persistence of performance than on its disappearance. Whether a performance lingers as vague memories, oral legend, transmitted techniques, or as an infrastructure of feeling, performance’s material remains support and project its continuing radical inclinations. Participants will rethink how performance matters and persists in time. They will discuss the caretaking it requires in disciplines and organizations, its capture by systems and institutions, and its letting go into the past and the future.

 

Talk: Blackness and Nonperformance, Fred Moten

Friday, September 25 at 6:30pm 

Museum of Modern Art, Titus 2, 11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue)

General $12, Students $8

 

Conversation: Performance Histories and Futures

Saturday, September 26 at 2pm

FIAF, Le Skyroom, 22 East 60th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)

General $12, Students $8

With contributions from Sharon Hayes, Janez Janŝa, and Ralph Lemon.

 


Talk: A Poetics of the Thing Outlived, Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish

(Every house has a door)

Saturday, September 26 at 5:45pm

Museum of Modern Art, Titus 2, 11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue)

General $12, Students $8

 

Talk: Afterlives Special Guest Speaker

Saturday, September 26 at 7:30pm

Museum of Modern Art, Titus 2, 11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue)

General $12, Students $8

 

Conversation: Active Objects, Vital Matter, and the Lives of Things

Sunday, September 27 at 2:30pm 

FIAF, Le Skyroom, 22 East 60th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)

General $12, Students $8

With contributions from Janine Antoni, Jane Bennett, and Clémentine Deliss.

 

An initiative of Columbia University School of the Arts as part of Curating the Ephemeral.

 

 

ALI MOINI: Lives (US Premiere)

Co-presented with New York Live Arts and the Hermès Foundation’s (Fondation d’entreprise Hermès) New Settings program

Tuesday, September 29 & Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30pm

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue)

Tickets start at $15

Iranian artist Ali Moini delivers a complex investigation of identity and oppression in Lives. The tension between his selves–fictional, political, mythical, and real—becomes tangible onstage through a constrictive set, striking projections, and meticulous sound design. As Moini performs a delicate dance in the midst of these fragmented manifestations of self, a haunting meditation on the struggle for reconciliation, reclamation, and freedom emerges.

 

 

ALESSANDRO SCIARRONI: Folk-s, will you still love me tomorrow? (East Coast Premiere)

Co-presented with New York Live Arts

Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3 at 7:30pm

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue)

Tickets start at $15

Six dancers enter the stage and perform in hypnotic unison in Folk-s, will you still love me tomorrow?, the East Coast debut of Italian performance maker Alessandro Sciarroni. Precise, rhythmically pounding feet and a pair of lederhosen are the only recognizable relics of a centuries-old Bavarian folk dance that is reduced here to its most elemental form.

 

Working between dance, performance art, and anthropological ritual, Sciarroni deploys the body—in all its sweaty physicality—to push the limits of human potential in this visceral, mesmerizing piece.

 

Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute New York.

 

 


About Crossing the Line 2015


Crossing the Line is the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s annual fall festival, presenting interdisciplinary works and performances in New York. The festival explores the dialogue between artist and public, and examines how artists help re-imagine the world as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution. Crossing the Line is initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading cultural institutions. The festival’s ninth edition takes place this year from September 10–October 4, 2015.

 

France has a long history of supporting national and international cultural practices, welcoming and nurturing new ideas and influential perspectives from around the world. FIAF, as the leading French cultural institution in the US, critically maintains that tradition through the Crossing the Line festival, presenting leading edge artists from France and the US alongside their peers from around the world.

 

Since its inauguration in 2007, Crossing the Line has cultivated an increasingly large and diverse following, and received numerous accolades in the press. The festival has been voted “Best of 2009,” “Best of 2010,” “Best of 2012,” “Best of 2013,” and “Best of 2014” by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, Artforum, and Frieze, with performances earning an Obie and several Bessie awards. The New York Times states, “For terrifically unusual, unpredictable, unnameable performance, we’ve come to expect a lot from … the curators of the French Institute Alliance Française’s interdisciplinary festival,” and The New Yorker says, “This interdisciplinary festival…goes from strength to strength.” For more information, visit fiaf.org/ctl.

 

 

Crossing the Line 2015: Partners


FIAF is thrilled to work once again with numerous partners throughout New York City, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); New Museum; New York Live Arts (NYLA); and Pioneer Works.

 

About the Partnership between Crossing the Line and the Hermès Foundation’s (Fondation d’entreprise Hermès) New Settings program

Crossing the Line is thrilled to partner with the Hermès Foundation (Fondation d’entreprise Hermès)’s New Settings program for a third consecutive year. Launched in 2011, this program supports new performing arts productions that involve collaboration and creative dialogue between artists from the performing and visual arts. This year works by the following artists are presented as part of the New Settings program within the framework of Crossing the Line: Joris Lacoste’s Suite n°2 and Ali Moini’s Lives.
 

Crossing the Line 2015: Acknowledgements


Crossing the Line 2015 is made possible with the generous support of The Hermès Foundation’s (Fondation d’entreprise Hermès) New Settings program; Lead Sponsors Air France and Delta Air Lines, the official airlines of FIAF; Florence Gould Foundation; and JC Decaux; and Sponsors Nespresso and Pommery.
Our Producer’s Circle: Ron Guttman, Isabelle Kowal, Elizabeth Krief Manardo, Tom McCarthy and Violaine Huisman, Virginia A. Millheiser, Marie Nugent-Head, and Elisabeth Wilmers.
FIAF would like to thank the following for their generous support of Crossing the Line 2015:

 

Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Enoch Foundation; European Research Council; FACE; Institut français; Italian Cultural Institute New York; King’s Fountain; NYSCA; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Robert de Rothschild; SACD (Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques); and The Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

 

 

DATE AND TIME ARTIST AND WORK VENUE AND TICKET INFORMATION TAGS
 

Thursday, September 10 & Friday, September 11 at 7:30pm

 

Suite n°2,

Joris Lacoste

 

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

 

FIAF Members $20,

Non-Members $25

THEATER, PERFORMANCE, MUSIC, SOUND,

SPOKEN WORD

 

Opening Reception Friday, September 11 at 6:30pm

 

Saturday, September 12 through Sunday, November 1

 

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday

from 12–6pm

 

 

It was a time that was a time,

Shezad Dawood

 

Pioneer Works

 

Free and open to the public

ART, FILM, SCULPTURE, INSTALLATION, MULTIMEDIA, PERFUME
September 2015  

ICONOfly,

Olivia Bransbourg

 

 

Available at select Crossing the Line events.

 

Check fiaf.org/ctl for details.

 

Free

 

ART, FASHION, ACCESSORIES, PERFUME, MAGAZINE
 

For pop-up locations and times, see fiaf.org/ctl

 

WhatILiveBy,

Elana Langer

 

Free and open to the public

 

ART, INSTALLATION,

PERFORMANCE, FASHION

 

Wednesday, September 16 through Saturday, September 26

 

Part 1

Saturday, September 19, Sunday, September 20 & Saturday, September 26 at 3pm; Tuesday, September 22 & Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30pm

 

Part 2

Friday, September 18 at 7:30pm;

Saturday, September 19, Sunday, September 20 & Saturday, September 26 at 6pm;

Thursday, September 24 & Friday, September 25 at 10pm

 

Part 3

Wednesday September 16 & Thursday, September 17 at 7:30pm; Saturday, September 19, Sunday, September 20 & Saturday, September 26 at 8pm;

Thursday, September 24 & Friday, September 25 at 7:30pm

 

Age and Beauty,

Miguel Gutierrez

 

New York Live Arts

 

Tickets start at $15

DANCE, PERFORMANCE
 

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 15, 6–8pm during FIAF’s Open House

 

Wednesday, September 16 through Saturday, November 7

 

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday through Friday, 11am–6pm; Saturday, 11am–5pm

 

Mazaccio & Drowilal FIAF Gallery

 

Free and open to the public

PHOTOGRAPHY, INSTALLATION, ART, EXHIBITION
 

Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm

 

Here whilst we walk, Gustavo Ciriaco &

Andrea Sonnberger

Starts at Pioneer Books

 

$15

PERFORMANCE, DANCE, THEATER, ART
 

Wednesday, September 23 through Sunday, October 4

 

Museum hours:

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11am–6pm; Thursday 11am–9pm

 

 

 

Performance:

Thursday, September 24, Friday, September 25, Thursday October 1 & Friday, October 2 at 7pm

Saturday, September 26, Sunday, September 27, Saturday, October 3 & Sunday October 4 at 3pm

 

Chambre,

Jack Ferver &

Marc Swanson

 

 

 

New Museum Theater

 

Performance:

FIAF and New Museum Members $15;

Non-Members $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation on view during museum hours with admission.

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION, PERFORMANCE,

DANCE,

THEATER

 

 

Friday, September 25

at 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 & 9pm

Saturday, September 26 at 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 & 7:30pm

 

Starts at 30-minute intervals.

 

The Extra People,

Ant Hampton

 

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

 

FIAF Members $20,

Non-Members $25

 

THEATER, PERFORMANCE, MULTIMEDIA,
 

Museum of Modern Art:

Friday, September 25 at 6:30pm

Saturday, September 26 at 5:45pm

Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 pm

 

FIAF:

Saturday, September 26 at 2pm

Sunday, September 27 at 2:30pm

 

Afterlives: The Persistence of Performance,

Adrian Heathfield &

André Lepecki

Museum of Modern Art,

Titus 2

 

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

 

General $12,

Students $8

 

 

TALKS, CONVERSATIONS, PERFORMANCE, ART, MUSEUMS

 

 

Tuesday, September 29 & Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30pm

 

Lives,

Ali Moini

New York Live Arts

 

Tickets start at $15

DANCE, PERFORMANCE
 

Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3 at 7:30pm

 

Folk-s, will you still love me tomorrow?,

Alessandro Sciarroni

New York Live Arts

 

Tickets start at $15

DANCE, PERFORMANCE

 

 

 

 

VENUE INFORMATION

 

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
Florence Gould Hall
– 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue), NYC
For tickets call 800 982 2787 or go to fiaf.org/ctl
Le Skyroom – 22 East 60th Street; ground floor (between Park and Madison Avenue), NYC

For tickets call 800 982 2787 or go to fiaf.org/ctl
FIAF Gallery
– 22 East 60th Street; ground floor (between Park and Madison Avenue), NYC

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am–6pm
For information call 646 388 6608 or go to fiaf.org/ctl

 

 

Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue), NYC

For information call 212 708 9400 or visit moma.org

 

Pioneer Books

298 Van Brunt Street (at Pioneer Street), Brooklyn, NYC

Open Wednesday and Thursday, 12–6pm; Friday through Sunday, 12–9pm

For information call 718 596 3001 or go to pioneerworks.org

 

 

Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer Street (between Conover and Van Brunt Street), Brooklyn, NYC

Open Monday through Friday, 11am–6pm

For information call 718 596 3001 or go to pioneerworks.org

 

 

New York Live Arts

219 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue), NYC

For information call 212 691 6500 or go to newyorklivearts.org

 

 

New Museum

235 Bowery (between Stanton and Rivington Street), New York, NYC

Open Wednesday, 11am-6pm; Thursday 11am-9pm; and Friday and Sunday, 11am-6pm

For information call 212 219 1222 or go to newmuseum.org

 

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) – 22 East 60th Street, NY, NY, 10022 USA

www.fiaf.org

 

About FIAF
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. www.fiaf.org

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