Crossing the Line Festival 2017
Sep 6–Oct 15


Eleven artists, one city. Many voices, one community.

In this eleventh Crossing the Line Festival, artists from around the world, and from New York City, share and create dialogue with us all, building deeper understanding and fostering community as artists are uniquely able to do.

Over 800 languages are currently spoken in New York. The strength and resilience of the city comes from this unique urban diversity. Crossing the Line celebrates and strengthens the local global community of New York City.

— Co-Curators
Lili Chopra, Simon Dove, and Gideon Lester

About Crossing the Line


adventurous programming that makes you think as much about your place in the world as about art itself
The New York Times


Crossing the Line is an international arts festival for New York City produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in partnership with leading cultural institutions.

France has a long history of supporting national and international cultural practices, welcoming and nurturing new ideas and influential perspectives from around the world. FIAF, as the leading French cultural institution in the US, critically maintains that practice through the Crossing the Line Festival, presenting leading-edge artists from France and the US alongside their peers from around the world.

Since its inauguration in 2007, Crossing the Line has cultivated an increasingly large and diverse following, and received numerous accolades in the press including “Best of" in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, Artforum, and Frieze. Festival performances have earned Obie and Bessie awards.
Past Editions
• 2016
• 2015
• 2014
• 2013
• 2012
• 2011
• 2010
• 2009
• 2008
• 2007

Partnerships

BRIDGING: An International Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts
A new initiative launched by The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and FIAF during Crossing the Line 2016, BRIDGING explores issues of cultural equity across cultures. BRIDGING offers international perspectives to evaluate policies and practices in an effort to move beyond simple acknowledgement of cultural diversity to achieve genuine equality in the arts in our shifting cultural landscape. As part of this project, works by choreographer Faustin Linyekula and his guest artists, as well as a public conversation, will be featured at this year's Crossing the Line.
Hermès Foundation’s (Fondation d’entreprise Hermès) New Settings Program
FIAF is thrilled to partner with the Hermès Foundation’s (Fondation d’entreprise Hermès) New Settings Program for a fifth consecutive year. Launched in 2011, New Settings supports new performing arts productions that shift borders between disciplines to create innovative art forms. This year, works by Annie Dorsen, Bouchra Ouizguen, and Alessandro Sciarroni will be presented at Crossing the Line within the framework of the New Settings Program.

Leadership Support


Delta Air France The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations
Fondation d'entreprise Hermès Florence Gould Hall Foundation JCDecaux

Major Support


Cultural Services of the French Embassy FACE Howard Gilman Foundation Institut Français Art Works NEFA
NYSCA NYSCA enoch NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Pommery Perrier Fonds Podium Kunsten Performing Arts Fund NL


Special Thanks


British Council King’s Fountain Omaha Foundation Robert de Rothschild SACD (Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques) La Culture avec la Copie Privée


Producer’s Circle

Sarah Arison, Michel G. Bernard, Ron Guttman, Isabelle Kowal, Didier Lestienne, Marie Nugent-Head,
Pierre Rouy-Cartier, and Elisabeth Wilmers