Crossing The Line Festival

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 Galery 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 pseudo _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 iPhone video.

Theater

Caroline Guiela Nguyen
FRATERNITY, a fantastic tale

North American Premiere

Fri, Sep 16 & Sat, Sep 17
7:30pm

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 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 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

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

Gisèle Vienne
Crowd

Thu, Oct 13–Sat, Oct 15
7:30pm

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

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.

Dance

Bruno Latour
and Frédérique Aït-Touati
The Terrestrial Trilogy

A Performance in Three Parts:
Moving Earths, Inside and Viral

North American Premiere

Thu, Oct 27 & Fri, Oct 28
7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

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.’