Crossing the Line Festival 2019
Sep 12–Oct 12
Experience innovative works by some of the most compelling French, Francophone, and American artists in six venues across New York City.
An annual arts festival, Crossing the Line is produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in collaboration with leading cultural institutions, which this year include Theatre for a New Audience, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, The Invisible Dog Art Center, ISSUE Project Room, and La MaMa.
"Since it was founded, Crossing the Line
has fearlessly broken down borders
between genres, locations, and languages.
The festival is what drew me to New York last year, and
as I set about programming its 13th edition,
I focused on transcending barriers between
generations and audiences. Two threads
emerge in this edition: honoring legendary
artists and celebrating identity beyond
When I reflect on the festival, I am inspired by its name and contemplate the many lines we still need to cross in the complex world in which we live. Sometimes crossing a line can be seen as a form of transgression, even a bold act. But above all, it is a way of bringing us together.
I hope you will embark on this journey with us. The artists invite you to discover multiple identities and imagine new horizons."
FIAF Artistic Director
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
FIAF supports national and international cultural practices by welcoming and nurturing new ideas and influential perspectives from around the world. FIAF critically maintains that practice through the Crossing the Line Festival by collaborating with leading cultural institutions in New York to present trailblazing local and international artists.
Since its inauguration in 2007, Crossing the Line has cultivated an increasingly large and diverse following, and received numerous accolades in the press including 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.
The leading French language and cultural center in the US, FIAF is dedicated to offering innovative and unique programs in education and the arts, all exploring the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.
Learn more at fiaf.org