Baryshnikov Arts Center

Maya Ciarrocchi, Spring 2015 Multimedia Resident Artist Pontus Lidberg, Fall 2015 Dance / Multimedia Resident Artist Somi, Fall 2015 Music Resident Artist Caroline Gravel, Spring 2015 Dance Resident Artist
Maya Ciarrocchi, Spring 2015 Multimedia Resident Artist
Pontus Lidberg, Fall 2015 Dance / Multimedia Resident Artist
Somi, Fall 2015 Music Resident Artist
Caroline Gravel, Spring 2015 Dance Resident Artist
Baryshnikov Arts Center

Residency Program

BAC's Artist Residency Program supports artists by providing space for creative investigation. Each year, BAC hosts up to 20 artists in residence to develop ideas, projects, and collaborations. Support can include three weeks of free studio time, honoraria, technical and administrative services, advocacy, and work-in-progress showings.

BAC residencies are a pressure-free environment for artists, who are encouraged to focus on their current priorities without the expectation of delivering a finished product. However, works created here often go on to premiere at venues around the world—including BAC’s own stages.

BAC residencies are offered by invitation to artists; there is no formal application process or deadline.  Please note that because of the high volume of projects under consideration, unsolicited submissions may not receive a response.


The Cage Cunningham Fellowship is a two-year residency awarded annually to an artist or artists committed to innovation and collaboration as exemplified by John Cage and Merce Cunningham. More Info

BAC Space is a 3-4 week period designed to encourage peer exchange by hosting multiple resident artists concurrently in all of BAC's spaces.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Residency provides residency support to Princess Grace Award recipients.

The Martha Duffy Residency is granted biannually to a dance artist through a fund sponsored by BAC Board Member James H. Duffy.

The Bogliasco Fellowship is an expanded residency opportunity for artists to develop projects first at Bogliasco’s facility in the serene coastal Italian environment, and then continue at BAC’s studios in the urban setting of New York City.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am interested in renting space from you, how do I go about doing that?

For all rental inquiries, please email or visit our "Rent" page to submit a rental request.


2. I would like to review one of your shows, who should I contact?

For all BAC Presents performances, please contact Kristen Miles, our Director of Marketing + Communications, at


3. How do I buy tickets to your shows?

To purchase tickets online, please visit our "Performances" page to select the show you would like to see or call 866 811 4111. To purchase in person, our on-site box office opens one hour prior to each performance.


4. Do you accept credit cards at your box office?

We do accept all major credit cards.


5. Is your venue wheelchair accesible?

Yes, we are. For reserved seats in our Jerome Robbins Theater, we can accommodate wheelchairs in row A, please look for our ADA section when reserving seats online or by phone.


6. Will I be uncomfortable sitting in the front row?

No, we do not have a raised stage, so our front row provides an amazing unubstructed view of the performance.


7. I left something at a show, how can I get it back?

Please call 646 731 3200, we will check our lost and found so you don't have to come all the way out here if we have not found your item.


8. I'm a huge Mikhail Baryshnikov fan, is he performing anytime soon?

At the current moment, there are no plans for Mr. Baryshnikov to perform at BAC.

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Jerome Robbins Theater

In February 2010, after a year of redesign and renovation, BAC opened the Jerome Robbins Theater, a fixed seating venue with a flat floor stage, a 187-seat orchestra, and a 51-seat balcony. The Wooster Group became BAC’s resident theater company, inaugurating the stage with a remounting of their seminal work from 1983, North Atlantic, in March and April 2010. The addition of the theater expanded programming, introducing new opportunities for artists to perform larger works of dance, music, theater, and multimedia at the Center, and tripling BAC's audience.

The Jerome Robbins Theater is named in recognition of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s lasting friendship and collaboration with Jerome Robbins. Lead support for the theater acquisition and renovation was provided by The Jerome Robbins Foundation.

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Howard Gilman Performance Space

The Howard Gilman Performance Space, with a flat floor stage and optional raked risers with seating for 136, comprises studios 4A and 4B, which are otherwise divided by a retractable sound proof wall. BAC launched public programming there on November 30, 2005, with a concert by the Brentano String Quartet who performed as part of The Movado Hour, a series of free hour-long chamber music concerts presented in a salon setting. This flexible black box venue has accommodated performances with traditional audience seating as well as installations, visual art exhibits, film shoots, fashion shows, cocktail receptions, and seated dinners.

The Howard Gilman Performance Space is named in honor of Howard Gilman, a philanthropist and long-time friend and supporter of Mikhail Baryshnikov. The Howard Gilman Performance Space was dedicated in November 2006.  Lead support for the theater was provided by The Howard Gilman Foundation.

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BAC studios range in size from 850 square feet to 3,096 square feet and are completely column-free, with sprung wood floors and ceilings ranging in height from 18 to 20 feet. Large windows provide expansive southern and western views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. The studios are home to BAC’s resident artists throughout the year, and are also available for rent.

Rudolf Nureyev Studio / Studio 4A*
Studio 4B
John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio / Studio 6A**
Christina Sterner Studio / Studio 6B***

*The Rudolf Nureyev Studio is named for the legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993), thanks to the generous support of the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation.

**The John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio is named in honor of John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s contributions to contemporary 20th century art and culture.

***The Christina Sterner Studio is named for Christina Sterner, Managing Director Emeritus of BAC and White Oak Dance Project.

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Baryshnikov Arts Center Artistic Director

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov, a native of Riga, Latvia, was born in 1948 and began studying ballet at the age of nine. As a teenager, he entered the Vaganova Academy in Leningrad, graduating from student to principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet in 1969. In 1974, he left the Soviet Union to dance with major ballet companies around the world including the New York City Ballet where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. In 1980 he began a 10-year tenure as Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.

From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer with the White Oak Dance Project, which he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris. White Oak was born of Baryshnikov’s desire “to be a driving force in the production of art,” and, indeed, it expanded the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance.

In 2005, he opened the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), a creative home for local and international artists to develop and present work. Since its founding, the Center has hosted numerous artists and productions from the United States and abroad.

Among Mr. Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Honor, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation’s Ambassador for the Arts Award, and the 2012 Vilcek Award. In 2010 he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor. 

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About BAC

BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov, who sought to build an arts center in New York City that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC’s opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative space for artists from around the world. Located in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan, BAC comprises a total of 20,000 square feet, including the 238-seat Jerome Robbins Theater, which opened in 2010; the Howard Gilman Performance Space, a black box performance space seating 136 people; four column-free studios; and office space. BAC serves approximately 500 artists and more than 22,000 audience members annually through presentations and artist residencies.

BAC Presents

BAC Presents

BAC Presents is a series of innovative performances by local and international dance, music, theater, and multi-media artists. BAC's spring season runs January through June, and the fall season runs September through December, with performances held in the Jerome Robbins Theater and Howard Gilman Performance Space. BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary work at affordable ticket prices.

Upcoming Performances

BAC Artist Residency Program

BAC Artist Residency Program

Supporting artists is central to BAC's mission. BAC hosts up to 30 residencies a year, providing dance, theater, music, and multimedia artists with the space and resources to research and develop new projects and collaborations. Artists are free to explore their creative endeavors, with BAC staff available to provide administrative and technical support.

Resident Artists

BAC After School

BAC After School

BAC After School is an arts education program for students from New York City public high schools. Students nominated by teachers from partner schools engage in production workshops in BAC’s theater spaces, and write critical responses to performances they attend at BAC and other venues such as Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, HERE Arts Center, and The Public Theater.

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BAC Rentals

BAC Rentals

Through its rental program, BAC serves as an important resource for the artistic community by helping to meet the need for affordable rehearsal space in New York City. BAC offers subsidized rehearsal rentals to nonprofit dance companies starting at $10 per hour, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. BAC also provides reduced rate rentals to nonprofit dance, music, theater, and multimedia artists and companies. 

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Pictured: "Metro Repetition" by Jonah Bokaer and Davide Balliano, photo by Julieta Cervantes

Photo by Peter Hurley