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Crossing the Line 2008
September 16–October 5

“One of the fall’s most exciting and thought provoking performance events.”
The New York Times

“One of the most exciting festivals to hit New York in years.”
Time Out New York

Additional Press:
- New York Times Highlights for CTL 08 (pdf)
- Other Press Highlights for CTL 08 (pdf)

Crossing the Line, FIAF's annual fall festival returns for its second year, once again presenting three weeks of inter-disciplinary contemporary works by artists who are transforming cultural practices on both sides of the Atlantic.

Conceived, initiated, and produced by FIAF, Crossing the Line is presented in partnership
with CPR-Center for Performance Research @ Greenbelt, Dance Theater Workshop, Luxe Gallery, and Performance Space 122.

Click on the individual event titles below for more information.

Crossing the Line Prelude
U. S. Premiere
The Last Performance
(a lecture)
Jérôme Bel

Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30pm

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Choreographer Jérôme Bel discusses the creative process in light of his controversial 1998 piece, The Last Performance.

U. S. Premiere
The Snow White Project
Catherine Baÿ

Opens on Tuesday, September 16
Various times and locations.

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Artist Catherine Baÿ sets a troop of Snow Whites free in New York City, and directs them in a series of provocative site-specific performances.

U. S. Premiere
Alloy
Virginie Yassef

Tuesday, September 16–Saturday, October 4

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Artist Virginie Yassef brings her poetic videos, photographs, and sculpture to the FIAF gallery in a multi-disciplinary, site-specific installation.

U. S. Premiere
The Image
Created by Arthur Nauzyciel
Written by Samuel Beckett

Thursday–Saturday, September 18–20 at 7pm

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Director Arthur Nauzyciel’s breathtaking performance of Beckett’s The Image features French actress Lou Doillon, dancer Damien Jalet, and New York-based musician Mileece, each interpreting Beckett’s powerful words in their own, personal ways.

Public Discussion
Why Do Politicians
Need Artists?

Saturday, September 20, from 4–6pm

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A roundtable discussion including an opportunity for audience members’ questions and observations. The panel features independent artists from France and New York whose work engages with social and political issues.

World Premiere
The Bad Plus
and Benoît Delbecq

Saturday, September 20 at 8:30pm

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New York band The Bad Plus (bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King) share a bill with French musician Benoît Delbecq.

U. S. Premiere
Marie Losier’s
Film Portraits

Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm
Co-presented by Luxe Gallery
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Film director Marie Losier presents a collection of her much-loved portraits of endearingly eccentric personalities, such as Tony Conrad, Richard Foreman, and Guy Maddin. A Q&A with Tony Conrad will follow the screening.

World Premiere
Outtakes
Marie Losier

Sunday, September 7–Wednesday, October 8

Co-presented by Luxe Gallery
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A fascinating, hands-on installation by Marie Losier, constructed from unused pieces of the director’s upcoming portrait of Genesis P. Orridge.

U.S. Premiere
Thinking Of Each Other
Like Good Friends Would
Ivana Müller

Tuesday, September 23–Sunday, October 5

Co-presented by Dance Theater Workshop
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Commissioned for Crossing the Line 2008, Ivana Müller unveils a brand new video installation that will run throughout the festival in the lobby of Dance Theater Workshop.

U. S. Premiere
While We Were Holding It Together
Ivana Müller

Wednesday–Friday, September 24–26 at 8pm

Co-presented by Dance Theater Workshop
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The U.S. Premiere of award-winning choreographer Ivana Müller’s mind-bending theatrical work, While We Were Holding It Together.

U.S. Premiere

100% Polyester
and Fantômes et vanités no4
Christian Rizzo

Thursday–Saturday, September 25–27, from 12-9pm
Co-presented by CPR-Center for Performance Research
@ Greenbelt
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Artist and choreographer Christian Rizzo brings two beautiful installation pieces to CPR in conjunction with the U.S. Premiere of his untitled dance work: the haunting installation/ performance 100% Polyester and, Fantômes et vanités nº4, an explosive self-portrait of an artist shedding light on his unique creativity that at once is both spectacular and melancholic.

U.S. Premiere
I-Fang Lin / Christian Rizzo
Thursday–Saturday, September 25–27 at 7:30pm

Co-presented by CPR-Center for Performance Research
@ Greenbelt
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Taiwanese dancer I-Fang Lin commissioned Christian Rizzo to create this richly layered, poignant human portrait.

World Premiere
Food Futures
With Julie Andrieu,
Wylie Dufresne,
and David Zuddas

Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28 from 4-6pm

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Culinary superstars from both sides of the Atlantic come together to explore what it means to be on the cutting-edge of cuisine.

Pierre Coulibeuf’s
Love Neutral
and Balkan Baroque

Tuesday, September 30 at 7pm

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Screening of two of esteemed film artist Pierre Coulibeuf's most absorbing works, one of which (Balkan Baroque) features a turn by famed artist Marina Abramovic. Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Mr. Coulibeuf will not attend the screening as was previously announced.

U. S. Premiere
Olivier Assayas' Eldorado/Preljocaj
Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm

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Director, screenwriter, and film critic Olivier Assayas presents his two-part documentary, in which he chronicles the intense collaboration between French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Mr. Assayas will be present to introduce the films.

U. S. Premiere
At the Beginning,
Monteverdi
Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Thursday–Saturday, October 2–4 at 8pm

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Celebrated cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton performs an intimate “musical itinerary,” inspired by the music of revolutionary composer Claudio Monteverdi—at once redeeming the old while simultaneously illuminating the new.

U. S. Premiere
Diptyque:
A Standing Boy
and With My Own Hands

Friday & Saturday, October 3 & 4
Created by Rachid Ouramdane and Pascal Rambert
Co-presented by Performance Space 122
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Rachid Ouramdane and Pascal Rambert present two separate, beautifully intense pieces that will be performed in two separate spaces over the course of a single evening. Audience members will choose whether to see one or both, and therefore take an active role in defining their relationships to them.

Co-Presenters:
CPR-Center for Performance Research @ Greenbelt; Dance Theatre Workshop; Luxe Gallery;
Performance Space 122

Festival Sponsors:
Axial Capital Management LLC; BNP Paribas; Cultural Services of the French Embassy; CulturesFrance; Étant donnés: the French-American Fund for the Performing Arts, a Program of FACE; FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance); General Consulate of the Netherlands; The Goethe Institute; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; IREO; Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère; The Laura Pels Foundation; SACD (Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques); Tiger Veda Management, LLC

FIAF Season Sponsors:
American Airlines is the official airline of FIAF; The Florence Gould Foundation; Cinéma programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency

Co-curator Simon Dove’s participation in Crossing the Line made possible, in part, with the support of Herberger College Dance, Arizona State University

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