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 use of BAC’s light-filled studios and state-of-the-art theaters, work-in-progress showings, artist honoraria, and technical and administrative services.
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. Candidates for BAC residencies are identified by BAC’s artistic personnel, and a diversity of disciplines, aesthetics, and artist career stages are considered. Please note that because of the high volume of projects under consideration, unsolicited submissions may not receive a response.
BAC collaborates with many organizations and performing arts groups. Among our partners are:
Dance Films Association
French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
International Contemporary Ensemble
Irish Arts Center
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
National YoungArts Foundation
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Performance Space New York
Theatre for a New Audience
The Wooster Group
Born 1948 in Riga, Latvia, Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of our time. After commencing a spectacular career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he came to the West in 1974, settling in New York City as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1978 he joined New York City Ballet, where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. A year later he was appointed artistic director of ABT where, for the next decade, he introduced a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990-2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer of the White Oak Dance Project, which he and choreographer Mark Morris co-founded to expand the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance. As an actor he has performed widely on- and off-Broadway, as well as in television and film, receiving a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for Metamorphosis, and an Academy Award nomination for The Turning Point. Other productions include Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and the Patient, Beckett Shorts, In Paris, Man in a Case, and The Old Woman. He is currently touring two solo theater projects, Letter to a Man and Brodsky/Baryshnikov. In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space designed to support multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. Under his leadership as founder and artistic director, BAC’s programs serve more than 700 artists and 22,000 audience members annually. Among Mr. Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the Vilcek Award. In 2010 he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and in 2017 he received Japan's prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in Theatre/Film.
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.
On behalf of Baryshnikov Arts Center, Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov and Chairman of the Board Diana DiMenna submitted this Statement of Support for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities to our congressional representatives in the U.S. Senate: Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and the Manhattan Delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives: Representative Adriano Espaillat, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Representative Carolyn Maloney, and Representative Nydia Velázquez.
(Submitted April 3, 2017.)
A 3-4 week residency period designed to encourage peer exchange by hosting multiple resident artists concurrently in all of BAC's spaces. BAC welcomes between 12 and 20 BAC Space artists annually, who receive honorarium, between 100 and 250 hours of studio space, administrative support, option to participate in work-in-progress showings, and photographic, video, and written documentation of their residency.
A residency granted biannually to a dance artist through a fund sponsored by BAC Board Member James H. Duffy. The Martha Duffy Residency provides additional financial support to a selected BAC Space resident artist working in the dance discipline.
The Martha Duffy Resident Artist position was created in memory of Martha Duffy, a former senior editor overseeing coverage of the performing arts and longtime dance critic for Time Magazine. One of the first women to become a senior editor at the magazine, Martha Duffy held that post from 1974 to 1989, joining Time in 1960 as a researcher and progressing to reporter, contributing editor, and associate editor before her promotion to senior editor. She was a senior writer specializing in culture and entertainment news from 1989 until her death in 1997, and was well known as a mentor for young writers.
A two-year residency awarded annually to an artist or artists committed to innovation and collaboration as exemplified by John Cage and Merce Cunningham. The Cage Cunningham Fund awards $50,000 distributed over two years in support of the Fellow’s work. In addition, BAC provides use of the John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio for eight weeks, as well as significant administrative support for project development.
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. The Bogliasco Fellowship is offered annually to one of the current year’s Bogliasco Fellows. The Fellowship offers an honorarium as well as use of BAC’s studio spaces.
In 2008, BAC and the Princess Grace Foundation Arts Advisory Board entered into a partnership to provide residencies to Princess Grace Award winners who are developing projects of a multi-media or interdisciplinary nature. Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Residents are identified through a panel process and are provided significant funding, exclusive use of a BAC studio or theater space for between 1 and 3 weeks, and full technical support. The residency enables the artist to explore, experiment, and push the boundaries of their work in an environment that focuses on process over product.
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 & Merce Cunningham Studio is named in honor of John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s contributions to contemporary 20th century art and culture.
Christina Sterner Studio
The Christina Sterner Studio is named for Christina Sterner, Managing Director Emeritus of BAC and White Oak Dance Project.
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.
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.
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.
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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