Photograph by Ka-Man Tse for the Times Square Alliance
Times Square Arts, the public art division of the Times Square Alliance, is excited to present the Fall Arts Program, which kicked off on September 20, 2012. We are proud to partner with the French Institute and the Alliance Française’s (FIAF) Crossing the Line Festival.
To kick-off the Fall Program, the first performance will be co-presented by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and the Times Square Alliance as part of FIAF’s 2012 Crossing the Line festival, entitled Agoraphobia/Pleinvress by director Lotte van den Berg. Performed in the midst of the bustle of Times Square, a solitary man walks in circles talking to himself, yet his words are picked up by audience via cell phones. With Agoraphobia/Pleinvress, Bessie Award-winner Donald Fleming returns to his hometown of New York for his first performance in the city since 2007. Agoraphobia/Pleinvress is at once an intimate monologue about how this solitary man experiences the world and an insightful performance experience for an audience of spectators. Agoraphobia/Pleinvress was presented September 20-22 once daily for an hour at 3:00pm, with an additional showing included on Saturday, September 22 at 11:00am. The performance took place on Military Island - the Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets.
About Lotte van den Berg
Award-winning director Lotte van den Berg has been making waves in Holland as one of a new generation of artists described as the ‘young Dutch minimalists’. In her performances she explores the power of movement with a profound intensity that is both joyfully uplifting and achingly forlorn. Resisting categorization, Van den Berg’s work can nevertheless be characterized by a pared-down style with a devoted attention to detail. Her work sits between the worlds of dance, film and theatre – creating a bold, fresh style that invites the audience to different perspectives and angels. She works with professional and non-professional actors, site specific and in theaters and chooses to be inspired by what happens around us in everyday life. As was written in a Flemish newspaper: ‘Van den Berg blows a bubble round the ordinary to grasp its naked essence.’ Lotte van den Berg was born in Groningen in 1975. She studied Theatre Studies and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam before being accepted at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, Theatre Direction in 1998. In 2009 Lotte left Toneelhuis to become artistic director of a new structure called OMSK. http://www.omsk.nl/
About Crossing the Line Festival
Crossing the Line Festival is the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s annual fall festival presenting interdisciplinary works and performances created by artists from around the world in New York. The festival provides opportunities for New Yorkers to explore the dialogue between artist and participant, examine how artists help re-imagine the world, and engage in the vital role artists play as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution. Crossing the Line is initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading cultural institutions and takes place this year from September 14 - October 14, 2012.
About French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
Founded at the turn of 20th century, the French Institute and the Alliance Française de New York operated as two separate organizations, the first promoting French arts, the second teaching French. In 1971 they merged to form what has become one of the largest and most respected centers of French-American activities in the U.S: the French Institute Alliance Française. For more information visit FIAF online at fiaf.org/ctl