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Crossing the Line 2009
Opening Celebration!
Le Bal NYC

Saturday, September 12, 2009, from 2–6pm
Central Park’s East Meadow
Rain or Shine!

Crossing the Line 2009 opens with Le Bal NYC, a dance party/picnic in Central Park’s East Meadow. Choreographers from France, including Germaine Acogny, Odile Duboc, Latifa Laâbissi, and Olivier Dubois present a fresh new take on the bal populaire, creating short dances to be taught section by section to the public.

Simultaneously, Omnivore New York, a brigade of innovative master chefs from both France and New York, reinvent the idea of the picnic. Samples of Crossing the Line Bento Boxes will be available, bringing together individual elements by Inaki Aizpitarte, Pascal Barbot, Alexandre Gauthier, Michel Bras, David Chang, and Wylie Dufresne.

Bring your own picnic, and join us for this free, family-friendly celebration in the park.


2pm Dance with Germaine Acogny, represented by Nora Chipaumire

2:45pm Tasting: American artisan cheese sampling with cheeses selected by Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheeses; Free Dancing

3pm Dance with Latifa Laâbissi

3:45pm Tasting: Chocolate and Bread; bread by Bruno Dinel, baker in Strasbourg, France; Free Dancing

4pm Dance with Odile Duboc

4:45pm Distribution of Bento Boxes with components made by French and American master chefs including Inaki Aizpitarte, Pascal Barbot, Alexandre Gauthier, Michel Bras, David Chang, and Wylie Dufresne; Free Dancing

5pm Dance with Olivier Dubois

5:45pm Free Dancing/Wrap up

Central Park—East Meadow
Enter on Fifth Avenue
and 99th Street

6 to 96 Street /
2, 3 to Central Park North / 110 Street

Free and open
to the public


Special thanks to FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance), American Airlines
and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Omnivore and Sydney Albertini

Special thanks to all the Crossing the Line 2009 Partners and Sponsors.

Fall 2009 Season Sponsors: American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Culturesfrance; and the Florence Gould Foundation

Image: Central Park /
© Patricia Furtado

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