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.
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.
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.
*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 and 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.