Crossing The Line Festival 2022

September 9–October 28

Crossing The Line celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. This year’s programming, curated for the first time by Florent Masse and Mathilde Augé, celebrates the festival’s core values: innovation, intellectual inquiry, openness to others and the world, kindness, and a strong will to engage with the issues of our time.

The artists presented in this year’s edition, in partnership with leading art institutions around New York City, challenge the boundaries of their respective artforms and will thrill audiences with unexpected designs, unconventional materials, and provocative formats.

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Festival Program


Exhibition

Omar Ba
Clin d’oeil

Opening Reception
Fri, Sep 9, from 6–8pm
On View: Sep 9–Oct 28
FIAF Gallery

In conjunction with his solo show at the new location of TEMPLON Gallery in Chelsea, FIAF presents one of Omar Ba’s most important historical works, Clin d’œil à Cheikh Anta Diop-Un continent à la recherche de son histoire (2017). The artwork, presented on corrugated cardboard spanning the entire height of the FIAF Gallery, pays homage to Senegalese historian and politician Cheikh Anta Diop.

Theater

Marion Siéfert
_jeanne_dark_

Starring Helena de Laurens
North America Premiere
Wed, Sep 14 & Thu, Sep 15
7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Under the Instagram pseudonym _jeanne_dark_, 16 year-old Jeanne breaks her silence about being bullied in hopes of finding meaningful interactions online. Delicately addressing the pertinent issues of bullying and sexuality, director Marion Siéfert creates a striking work that breaks the fourth wall of theater through intimate live Instagram video.

Theater

Caroline Guiela Nguyen
FRATERNITY, A Fantastic Tale

North American Premiere
Fri, Sep 16 & Sat, Sep 17
7:30pm
NYU Skirball

In Caroline Guiela Nguyen’s play FRATERNITY, an ensemble cast of professional and amateur actors take audiences on a wild adventure! In a freak incident, part of the human race disappears from the planet. Those who still remain, try to heal and make sense of the unexpected loss; now navigating their world without partners, parents and friends.

Theater

Felwine Sarr and Étienne Minoungou
Traces – Speech to African Nations

NY Premiere
Wed, Sep 21 at 8:30pm
Abrons Arts Center

Based on the Senegalese academic, philosopher and poet Felwine Sarr, this lyrical text is captivatingly performed by Burkinabe actor Etienne Minoungou as an inspiring and imaginative storyteller speaking to his African brothers.

Dance

Robyn Orlin
And so you see… our honourable blue sky and ever enduring sun… can only be consumed slice by slice

Performed by Albert Ibokwe Khoza
US Premiere
Thu, Sep 22–Sat, Sep 24
Time to be announced
New York Live Arts

In this powerful, solo dance piece from famed South African choreographer Robyn Orlin, dancer Albert Ibokwe Khoza embodies the creative energy of a younger generation with their intense desire to change society.

Theater

Felwine Sarr and Dorcy Rugamba
Freedom, I’ll have lived your dream until the very last day

North American Premiere
Sat, Sep 24
7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

This musical theatre performance directed by Dorcy Rugamba brings together the famous political views of poet René Char, psychiatrist and political philosopher Frantz Fanon, and economist Felwine Sarr. The theme, which celebrates diversity and equity at its core, stands against abjection and reminds us of the difficult relationship between individual consciousness and collective fate.

Performance

Christopher Myers
Fire in the Head

World Premiere
Thu, Sep 29 & Fri, Sep 30
7:30pm
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

A world premiere staged in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Fire in the Head salutes the tortured genius of the pathbreaking dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, who, like many artists today, grappled with the confluence between global and personal crises.

Dance

Kimberly Bartosik
The Encounter

World Avant-Premiere
Thu, Oct 6–Sat, Oct 8
7:30pm
FIAF Skyroom

Initiated in the NYC summer of 2021, The Encounter blossomed from the celebratory energy and humble gratitude of choreographer Kimberly Bartosik’s return to the studio post-quarantine. The work is an encounter with oneself, as we dig our lives out of the pandemic.

Dance

BAM in association with FIAF’s Crossing The Line Festival
CROWD

Conception, choreography and scenography
by Gisèle Vienne
Thu, Oct 13–Sat, Oct 15
7:30pm
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

In the US premiere of CROWD, the acclaimed French choreographer, Gisèle Vienne transports audiences to a 1990’s Detroit rave, and a night spent losing oneself in the crowd.

Dance

Fouad Boussouf
Näss

Mon, Oct 17–Sun, Oct 23
7:30pm
The Joyce Theater

Moroccan choreographer Fouad Boussouf presents the US premiere of Näss (People). Inspired by an array of dance traditions, the performance is comprised of a corps of 7 dancers that respond to powerful beats of percussions and electronic music.

Theater

Bruno Latour
and Frédérique Aït-Touati
The Terrestrial Trilogy

A Performance in Three Parts:
Inside, Moving Earths and Viral
North American Premiere
Thu, Oct 27 at 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 28 at 7pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

With guest Bruno Latour

Philosopher Bruno Latour and director Frédérique Aït-Touati make the stage a place for “scenic essays” and philosophical experimentation in La Trilogie Terrestre, the third installment in what they refer to as ‘lecture performances.’

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