Crossing The Line Festival 2023

September 8–October 13

FIAF presents an exciting 16th edition of Crossing The Line Festival, its annual celebration of dynamic artists and fresh perspectives from around the French-speaking world.

From September 8 through October 13, the festival’s program features choreographer Tatiana Desardouin’s Trapped, elevating under-represented voices with bold street and club dance styles, and Desardouin’s all-night club culture refresh, Les 5 Sens, in collaboration with Nubian Néné’s The Intermission. Renowned actress Isabelle Adjani, in a riveting solo performance, explores the flickering life and legacy of icon Marilyn Monroe, and Simon Senn shares a timely artificial intelligence adventure, dSimon, with an unexpected turn. Choreographer Smaïl Kanouté’s Never Twenty One pays tribute to young people who have lost their lives to gun violence worldwide, and Olivier Tarpaga honors refugees from violence in his birthplace, Burkina Faso, with dance work Once the dust settles, flowers bloom. Crossing The Line also features a powerful video installation from artist Julian Charrière, And Beneath It All Flows Liquid Fire, exploring nature’s powerful opposing elements, water and fire, and a sculptural exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Camille de Galbert, Growing Matter, inspired by symbiotic ecosystems.

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Julian Charrière
And Beneath It All
Flows Liquid Fire

On view September 8–October 13, 2023
FIAF Gallery

French-Swiss artist Julian Charrière’s intriguing and often provocative work invites reflection on our engagement with the natural world. This video installation encapsulates his thoughts on tensions between modern societies and nature, in a powerful juxtaposition of opposing elements—water and fire.


Tatiana Desardouin
& Passion Fruit Dance Company

Friday, September 8, 2023
6-8pm: Festival Kickoff Party
8pm: Performance
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

NY-based choreographer Tatiana Desardouin and Passion Fruit Dance Company bring their bold street and club dance styles to the stage, in an inspiring piece that shares the social and personal challenges faced by four women of different backgrounds—ultimately conveying a message of hope for all under-represented voices.


Camille de Galbert
Growing Matter

On view September 9–October 14, 2023
The Invisible Dog Art Center

French-American multidisciplinary artist Camille de Galbert presents a sculptural exhibition inspired by symbiotic lifeforms whose intrinsic power lies in their ability to regenerate. De Galbert creates these fundamental ecosystems through patient, repetitive and cumulative movement.


Tatiana Desardouin
& Nubian Néné
Les 5 Sens

Thursday, September 14, 2023
Boom at The Standard, High Line

NY-based choreographer Tatiana Desardouin and artist Nubian Néné create a conceptual, all-night experience at Manhattan’s famed club, Boom at The Standard, High Line. With live music, dance, food, and drinks, this immersive performance engages all five senses in a welcoming and diverse club-culture refresh.


Smaïl Kanouté
Never Twenty One

US Premiere
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement’s #Never21 hashtag, this deeply resonant piece by French-Malian choreographer/dancer Smaïl Kanouté pays tribute to young people of color who have lost their lives to gun violence all over the world before reaching the age of 21.


Olivier Tarpaga
Once the dust settles,
flowers bloom

NYC Premiere
Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 7:30pm
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 8pm
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 8pm
Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 2pm
The Joyce Theater

Olivier Tarpaga’s powerful work acknowledges the strength of refugees from Africa’s Burkina Faso and its Sahel region—Tarpaga’s ancestral homeland—now settled in distant camps after fleeing violent jihadists.


Simon Senn
& Tammara Leites

NY Premiere
Friday, October 6 & Saturday, October 7, 2023
FIAF Tinker Auditorium
In English

Swiss artist Simon Senn explores today’s most exciting and controversial technology, artificial intelligence (AI). This timely story relates the creation of an AI entity with Senn’s personality and personal data, and grapples with its transformation into an autonomous, disturbing, and yet familiar monster.


Isabelle Adjani
Marilyn’s Vertigo

North American Premiere
Thursday, October 12 & Friday, October 13, 2023
Post-Show Champagne Toast on Friday, October 13
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
In French with English supertitles

Written by Olivier Steiner & Isabelle Adjani
Directed by Olivier Steiner & Emmanuel Lagarrigue

This extraordinary homage to Marilyn Monroe is based on her final interview, two days before her death. Renowned French actress Isabelle Adjani, in a riveting solo stage performance, engages in a surreal dialogue with Monroe, exploring the complexities of stardom, identity, and legacy. The performances at FIAF conclude the worldwide run of the show.



FIAF’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Production at FIAF
Programming Manager: Clementine Guinchat