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Crossing the Line 2013

“The artistic equivalent of a splash of cold water on the face”
The New York Times

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.

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,” and “Best of 2012" by Time Out New York, Frieze, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Events at the festival have won several Bessie awards, and 2012’s Habit received an Obie award for creators David Levine and Marsha Ginsberg.

This year, over twenty-five days (September 19–October 13), the festival's seventh edition, offers New Yorkers a chance to engage with the work and imagination of seventeen extraordinary international artists, several presenting their work and ideas in New York for the first time. All this is made possible thanks to the invaluable partnerships we enjoy with presenters and institutions across the city, as well as our funders and sponsors on both sides of the Atlantic.

We invite you to explore the work, engage with the artists, and re-imagine your world!

Lili Chopra, Simon Dove, Gideon Lester
Co-Curators, Crossing the Line 2013



Featured Artists

A Blade of Grass
The Gallery at Hermès
Hermès Foundation
     (Fondation d'entreprise Hermès)
Karaoke Cave
La MaMa
New York Live Arts
Performance Space 122 (PS122)
Rubin Museum of Art
The Invisible Dog Art Center
The New York Public Library΄s
     Jefferson Market Branch
The Segal Center at CUNY
Times Square Arts
Trinity Wall Street


Panaibra Canda
Boyzie Cekwana
Fanny de Chaillé
Nora Chipaumire
Annie Dorsen
Kyle deCamp
Tim Etchells
Martine Fougeron
Steve Lambert
Bouchra Ouizguen
Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Ernesto Pujol
Eliane Radigue
Pascal Rambert
Philippe Ramette
Joshua Thorson
Xavier Veilhan


French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

Founded in 1898 by American francophiles, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is the premier French education and culture center in the United States. Its 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. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, not a subsidy or agency of the French government, FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.

In addition to Crossing the Line, FIAF presents a wide range of sophisticated programming in both French and English.  From films and visual arts exhibitions to talks and live music, theater, and dance performances, FIAF offers the best of France in New York year-round.

Become a Member of this vibrant cultural center located in the heart of New York City and enjoy special benefits throughout the year including free admission to weekly French film screenings, full privileges at the Haskell Library, discounted tickets to all FIAF events, including Crossing the Line, special offers from partner organizations, and much more. To learn more about Membership, click here!



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Proud Presenting Sponsor of Crossing the Line 2013:
Lead Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, the official airlines of FIAF; Florence Gould Foundation
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