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The single best performance festival New York has to offer”—Culturebot

Crossing the Line is the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s 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.

This year's eighth edition of Crossing the Line brings together fifteen extraordinary international artists and companies, each of them offering unique perspectives on the world we all share. We invite New Yorkers to explore their meticulous and deeply considered work, both the familiar and the unknown, and find inspiration, provocation and pure pleasure.

Lili Chopra, Simon Dove, Gideon Lester
Crossing the Line co-curators









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Featured Artists   Co-Presenters   About FIAF

Julie Béna
Justin Vivian Bond
Rossy de Palma
Trajal Harrell
Ryoji Ikeda
Gilles Jobin
Aaron Landsman
Xavier Le Roy
Jessica Mitrani
Ivana Müller
Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Prune Nourry
Fernando Rubio
Olivier Saillard
Patti & Jesse Smith
Soundwalk Collective
Julius von Bismarck


A Blade of Grass
Abrons Arts Center
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
China Institute
Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Hudson River Park
The Kitchen
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Milk Studios
New York Live Arts
Performance Space 122
Salon 94
Times Square Arts
Times Square Advertising Coalition


The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), the premier French education and culture center in the United States, offers the best of France in New York year-round. Founded in 1898, its mission to create and offer New Yorkers innovative programs that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures is realized through both its Language Center and a myriad of cultural events. In addition to Crossing the Line, FIAF presents events throughout the year, including the weekly CinéSalon film screenings/wine receptions, Art de Vivre talks, theater, and much more.

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FIAF would like to thank the following for their generous support of Crossing the Line 2014: The Enoch Foundation; Florence Gould Foundation; FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project; Institut Francais; The National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts; and Robert de Rothschild

FIAF Producer’s Circle


Partnership with the Hermès Foundation’s New Settings Program

Ron Guttman, Tom McCarthy & Violaine Huisman, Agathe Lerolle, Elizabeth Krief Manardo, Virginia A Millhiser, Marie Nugent-Head, Barbara & Henry Pillsbury, Antoine Roset-Ligne Roset, and Elisabeth Wilmers


Crossing the Line is thrilled to partner with the Hermès Foundation’s (Fondation d'entreprise Hermès) New Settings Program for the second year in a row. Launched in 2011 to support 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: Jessica Mitrani and Rossy de Palma; Gilles Jobin and Julius von Bismarck.

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