Baryshnikov Arts Center

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Baryshnikov Arts Center
Baryshnikov Arts Center and Dimenna Center.jpg
Address 450 West 37th Street
Location New York City
Coordinates 40°45′22″N 73°59′51″W / 40.756044°N 73.997363°W / 40.756044; -73.997363Coordinates: 40°45′22″N 73°59′51″W / 40.756044°N 73.997363°W / 40.756044; -73.997363
Public transit New York City Subway: 34th Street – Penn Station (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg trains)
New York City Bus: M11, M34 SBS, M34A SBS
Commuter/long-distance rail: New York Penn Station
Capacity Jerome Robbins Theater: 238
Howard Gilman Performance Space: 136
Built 2001-2005

The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) is a foundation and arts complex opened by Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2005 at 450 West 37th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.[1] The top three floors of the complex are occupied by the Baryshnikov Arts Center, which provides space and production facilities for dance, music, theater, film, design and visual arts. The building also houses the Orchestra of St. Luke's DiMenna Center for Classical Music.[2]


The building is a 50,000 square foot complex which includes three theatre spaces. Ground was broken on the complex, then known as 37 Arts Theatre, as a commercial venture in July 2001. Construction was halted for a while but resumed after September 2001. The first artist in residence with the BAC was Aszure Barton in May 2005, and the administrative offices opened in November 2005. The 37 Arts Theatre was launched in 2005 with the Off-Broadway revival of Hurlyburly starring Ethan Hawke and Parker Posey, followed by In The Heights and Fela!, prior to their successful Broadway runs. Since then, the complex has presented artists including Laurie Anderson, Tere O’Connor, Molly Davies, William Forsythe, Lucy Guerin, Foofwa d’Imobilité, Toni Morrison, Benjamin Millepied, Richard Move, Maria Pagès, Mal Pelo, Lou Reed, Pierre Rigal, Meg Stuart and Donna Uchizono. The Wooster Group is the BAC's resident theatre company.

The BAC provides space, tech support, mentoring and funding for new artists to present their work. The center also encourages cross-collaborations and multi-media events.[3] The first fellowships were awarded in the summer of 2005. In April 2007 a live music radio broadcast was launched with a performance by Henry Butler, and in February 2009 a film and discussion series opened with a screening of Man on Wire and guest Philippe Petit. The facilities also host the Movado Hour, a series of free, hour-long chamber music concerts.

In 2007 and 2008, BAC and the Orchestra of St. Luke's together purchased and began renovation of the 37 Arts Theatre.[4] Theater C re-opened in February 2010 as the Jerome Robbins Theater. In 2011, The Orchestra of St. Luke's re-opened Theaters A and B as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music.


  1. ^ Shaw, Helen (26 March 2010). "37 Arts is dead! Long live Baryshnikov Arts Center!". Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Martin, Patricia (2007). RenGen. p. 159. 
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth (2008-11-20). "Theatres of Off-Broadway's 37 Arts Now Owned by Baryshnikov and Orchestra of St. Luke's -". Playbill. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 

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