In 2005 the Baryshnikov Arts Center was created as the headquarters for the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (BDF), incorporated in 1979 by the legendary dancer, choreographer and actor. It was purposed as a laboratory of sorts, where contemporary artists could develop new, innovative works to be presented at little or no cost to the public.
Originally supporting the BDF and its activities in contemporary dance, the Center has expanded to feature programs in a variety of the performing arts. BAC presents the Movado Hour (an acclaimed regular chamber music series), BAC Flicks (regular film screenings with related discussions), live radio broadcasts of jazz concerts, visual arts exhibitions, and regular performances of theatre and dance. Fellowships, residency programs, and a series of free workshops serve the needs of developing professional artists across many disciplines.
The BAC facility in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood includes four large studios, a studio theater, and office space. The Center houses the renowned theatre company the Wooster Group, in its recently renovated Jerome Robbins Theater. Perhaps a reflection of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s sojourn from 1970’s-era Soviet Union to the Americas in search of freer expression in his craft, the BAC operates on the principle that true progress and innovation can only be reached through open communication, between artists and across disciplines.
Baryshnikov Arts Center Information
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by subway lines A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, and the LIRR at 34th Street/Penn Station, and buses M11, M16, M34, and M42)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 15 programs per season, with between 1–35 performances of each
- Ticket Prices: Vary (free–$65) depending on event and seating.