New York Times: All the Ways to Fall for Dance This Autumn
By Gia Kourlas
12 September 2019
2019 CROSSING THE LINE FESTIVAL The French Institute Alliance Française’s annual festival — 11 performances, along with a gallery exhibition — embraces artists of different disciplines; this edition is the first programmed by Courtney Geraghty, who took over as the institute’s artistic director in 2018. Established artists, including Peter Brook and Germaine Acogny, will present new works, while Isabelle Adjani makes her New York theatrical debut in “Opening Night,” directed by Cyril Teste. Jérôme Bel returns to the festival with a commissioned portrait of Isadora Duncan in the form of a solo for Catherine Gallant, a New York dancer, historian and teacher who has long explored Duncan’s work. Stefanie Batten Bland modernizes Stanley Kramer’s 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” in “Look Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and François Chaignaud excavates the rituals of Western theater in “Думи мої — Dumy Moyi,” an intimate solo. Through Oct. 12; crossingtheline.org.
2019 WHITNEY BIENNIAL The biennial includes two dance performances: “Brendan Fernandes: The Master and Form” mixes ballet and S&M culture with a sculptural installation of five structures, including 10 hanging ropes and a cage. The props function as both a help and a hindrance to the performers, who hold positions as a test of endurance (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September). And in “Madeline Hollander: Ouroboros: Gs,” Ms. Hollander creates a site-specific performance inspired by the Whitney’s flood mitigation system; her choreography mimics the path of the barrier (Sept. 19). whitney.org.
Read the full list in The New York Times.