A venue created by dancers specifically for dance, the Joyce Theater is a top-notch destination for seeing local, national, and international dance companies. Formerly known as the Elgin Theater, this art-deco building served as a revival movie house in the 1940s. When it later turned into a pornographic movie theater, it was closed down, stripped, gutted, and reopened in 1982 as an intimate 472-seat dance performance space. In 1996 the Joyce acquired a second property, the Joyce SoHo—a three-story firehouse now outfitted with two studio rehearsal spaces and a 74-seat flexible performance space.
At the Joyce, you can see an exciting range of dance performances unequalled anywhere in Manhattan. Additionally, the Joyce offers a range of free educational opportunities, such as the Humanities series, post-performance discussions with dance-company artists, and Dance Talks, in-depth lecture-demonstrations on current topics of interest in contemporary dance. Humanities series events are generally held following Wednesday evening performances. Dance Talks are generally held at the Joyce SoHo. See the website for scheduled events.
Joyce Theaters Information
- Venues: Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue (at the corner of 19th St.); Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer Street (between Houston and Prince)
- Public Transportation: Excellent (For the Joyce Theater: subway lines A, C, and E at 14th Street; L train at Eighth Avenue; 1 train at 18th Street/7th Avenue; and buses M11, M14, and M20. For Joyce SoHo: subway lines N and R at Prince Street; B, D, F, and M at Broadway/Lafayette; 6 train at Bleecker Street; and buses M5 and M21)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: The Joyce presents a different dance company every one or two weeks
- Ticket Prices: Tickets are $19, $35, and $49
- Group Discounts: Groups of 20 or more may be eligible for discounts to select performances. Call to arrange
- Subscriptions: The Joyce doesn’t offer subscriptions, but with the purchase of at least one ticket to four or more different performances at the same time, tickets are discounted 25%. Additional benefits include discounts at local restaurants and businesses, priority ordering, and free ticket exchanges
- Membership: Donor fees start at $65 ($50 for students/seniors) and include advance copies of season brochures, pre-sale ticket-ordering privileges, access to open rehearsals, advance notice of Dance Talks at the Joyce Soho, and a 10% discount on Joyce merchandise.