The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, announced the full program for Crossing the Line 2011, the fifth annual edition of its highly acclaimed fall festival, taking place this year from September 17–October 16 in venues throughout New York City. The transdisciplinary festival of contemporary arts and culture is a platform for vibrant new developments in artistic practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Each fall, the month-long festival provides opportunities for New Yorkers to explore the dialogue between artist and society, to examine how artists help re-imagine the ways we perceive the world, and to engage with the vital role artists play as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution. Inaugurated in 2007, Crossing the Line has enjoyed increasingly strong audience response from diverse segments of the New York City area, as well as prestigious critical acclaim. The festival has been voted “Best of 2009” and “Best of 2010” by Time Out New York, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times wrote: “One of the fall’s most exciting and thought provoking performance events” (2008) and “The city should have a party for the French Institute Alliance Française for giving it this wonderful interdisciplinary festival” (2009).

 Crossing the Line 2011 presents a broad-ranging program of performances/events in both indoor and outdoor locations across New York City aimed at engaging diverse audiences. This year’s festival program can be framed by three principal programming clusters: Fiction & Non-Fiction, a Lecture/Performance series, and Endurance/Resistance/Inspiration. This fifth edition will continue the festival’s focus on supporting the creation of new work through its vital commissioning program, and will feature new works by Nick van Woert, Kimberly Bartosik, Soundwalk, Prune Nourry, Chong Gon Byun, Amélie Chabannes, Rachid Ouramdane, Marie Losier, and Arthur Nauzyciel, among others.

Conceived and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading New York cultural institutions, Crossing the Line 2011 is co-curated by Lili Chopra (Artistic Director, FIAF) and Simon Dove (Director, Herberger Institute School of Dance, Arizona State University). “Crossing the Line invites New Yorkers to re-imagine the world in which they live, and to re-consider the role they play in it,” said Lili Chopra and Simon Dove. “The extraordinary work presented by this year’s artists is potent, vivid, and immensely inspiring.”