Isabelle Adjani in "Opening Night"

The 2019 edition of the Crossing the Line Multi-Disciplinary Festival promises beautiful headliners. Organized by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), this major French-American cultural event returns from 12 September to 12 October with Isabelle Adjani opening.

From 12 to 14 September, the French actress will play in "Opening Night", a play adapted from a work by John Cassavetes in which she plays the role of an actress confronted with her age. Cyril Teste, the director, will change the script every night so as to plunge into the richness of Cassavetes' work. The September 13 performance will be followed by a discussion.

Another highlight of the festival: the play "Why?" Directed by the sacred monster of the Peter Brook theater and the French Marie-Hélène Estienne, known for its collaborations with the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. The work, played from September 21 to October 6, is a reflection on the raison d'être of the theater.

A multidisciplinary festival showcasing the best of French creation, Crossing the Line will also present several dance performances, including a new work by choreographer Jérôme Bel dedicated to the French-American dancer Isadora Duncan (Wednesday, September 25); a music show inspired by the effects of climate change by the American composer living in France Rhys Chatham, known for his works for "orchestra of guitars" (October 4 and 5); or a "radio performance" based on interviews with young activists between Algiers, Moscow, Tehran, Istanbul and Sarajevo by journalists Aurélie Charon and Caroline Gillet (October 2).


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