Co-presented as part of Crossing the Line Festival, produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
Jerome Robbins Award–winning choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland makes her Crossing the Line Festival debut with the world premiere of Look Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Inspired by the 1967 Stanley Kramer film in which a black fiancé meets his white soon-to-be wife’s family, the work pays tribute to those who paved the way toward acceptance in love and life. Set around a dinner table, seven dance theater artists explore questions of who we choose to break bread with, and whether long-held biases still shock.
The choreography is set to a new composition by Paul Damien Hogan. Originally developed as a work-in-progress for Juilliard New Dances 2018.
“When it comes to tackling demanding subject matter, there are few choreographers as intellectually ambitious as Stefanie Batten Bland.” — New York Resident Magazine, 2012
Choreography, Installation and Direction by Stefanie Batten Bland Music by Paul Damian Hogan Costumes by Shane Ballard Lighting Design by Clifton Taylor Stage Manager & Lighting Adaptation by Emma Rivera
Supported by and developed at Crojik’s Croft artist residency in Michigan and Juilliard School of Dance.
Performance Project University Settlement with special thanks to Jerome Robbins Foundation.
About Crossing the Line
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.