Jerome Robbins Theater
In February 2010, 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 inaugurated the stage with a remounting of their seminal work from 1983, North Atlantic. The addition of the theater expanded programming, introducing new opportunities for artists to perform larger works of dance, theater, music, and multimedia, 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 comprises The Danny Kaye & Sylvia Fine Kaye Studio and the Rudolf Nureyev Studio, which are otherwise divided by a retractable sound proof wall. BAC launched public programming there in November 2005, with a concert by the Brentano String Quartet presented in a salon setting. This flexible venue has accommodated performances with traditional audience seating as well as diverse configurations.
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 (1912-1992) and Merce Cunningham (1919-2009)’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.
The Danny Kaye & Sylvia Fine Kaye Studio is named for the great American artists Danny Kaye (1911-1987) and Sylvia Fine Kaye (1913-1991).
Photos: Richard Beenen, Francis Dzikowski/Esto Courtesy of H3 Architecture