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Joyce Theater

Joyce Theater
175 8th Avenue
212-691-9740

Our Mission

The mission of The Joyce Theater Foundation is to serve and support the art of dance and choreography, promote the richness and variety of the art form in its fullest expression, and enhance the public interest in, and appreciation of, dance and the allied arts of music, design, and theater.

Our programs embrace the entire spectrum of movement styles and traditions, from the time-honored to the untried, and are designed to encourage, sustain, and educate a diverse audience.

Our History:

Founded in 1982, The Joyce Theater was created by dancers for dance. Today, The Joyce is considered one of the premiere performance venues for dance and attracts an annual audience of more than 140,000. Since its inception, The Joyce has welcomed over 270 New York City-based, national and international dance companies to its stage. It would be difficult to imagine the dance world today without The Joyce Theater. In addition, The Joyce now oversees DANY (Dance Art New York) Studios, eleven affordable studios, located at 38th Street and Eighth Avenue, that are appropriate for rehearsals, auditions, classes and workshops.

The Joyce Theater was formerly the Elgin Theater, a 1941 movie house, but the building required a major renovation to create an elegant, intimate home for dance in New York City. The Elgin was originally a revival movie house that was closed by the community when it became a pornographic movie theater. The renovation took two years to complete and was guided by architect Hugh Hardy who preserved and expanded the patterned brick facade of the art-deco building. The entire interior was gutted to create a 472-seat theater with the technical specifications to serve the needs of small and medium-sized dance companies.


Recent News

Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre Announces Dissolution of Organization and Closure of Dance Center

The Board of Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre announced today that it is dissolving the organization, closing the Astoria-based Dance Center and the dance company due to the ongoing difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately. …

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Ballet Hispánico Kicks Off its 50th Anniversary Celebration with 2020 New York Season at The Joyce Theater

Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization known for "piercing stereotypes" (The New York Times), kicks off its 50th Anniversary celebration by bringing its Latinx brand of contemporary dance to The Joyce Theater from April…

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Ballet Hispánico Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration at The Joyce Theater

The New York Premiere of 18+1 by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano Tiburonesby Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Jardi Tancat by Nacho Duato New Sleep duet by William Forsythe Ballet Hispánico Kicks Off its 50th Anniversary celebration by bringing its…

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Ballet Hispanico's 2015 Season will include Special Matinee for Children and Families

New York, NY---Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation's leading Latino dance organization since 1970, returns to the Joyce Theater from April 14-26, 2015 with 15 performances featuring five dynamic programs. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale…

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Ballet Festival

In summer 2013, The Joyce season ended with a ballet festival featuring choreographers and dancers who are creating work outside the traditional large company milieu. This season, The Joyce brings back this eclectic and popular week of dance that…

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Performance - DanceBrazil

Captivating audiences with his mastery of capoeira, Jelon Vieira, Artistic Director of DanceBrazil, bases his aesthetic on this art form and works with capoeiristas who have learned their technique in the urban setting of Bahia, Brazil. The spirited…

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Performance - Ronald K. Brown and Evidence

Experiencing this company’s special combination of Cuban, Caribbean, West African, and modern American dance movement is thrilling. For its 30th anniversary season, the company takes the Joyce stage with two programs and many of Brown’s…

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Performance - Ailey II

Their “off-the-charts energy” (The New Yorker) infuses a diverse repertory by emerging and established choreographers that include Jennifer Archibald, Amy Hall Garner, Dwight Rhoden, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Manuel Vignoulle and Ailey…

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Performance - The Royal Ballet

The Joyce Theater Foundation is proud to present The Royal Ballet in its first New York appearance since 2004. The engagement opens with a gala performance of Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, featuring some of the choreographer’s…

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Performance - Martha Graham Dance Company

The company pays tribute to Graham’s defining influence as an American Modernist with Shape&Design, a program highlighting the sculptural and architectural aspects of choreography by Graham and others. Panorama and Chronicle, Graham classics…

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Performance - Ballet West

From Balanchine to Bournonville and Petipa to Tharp, Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists and an American style and legacy that is as dynamic, expansive, and unexpected as the Rocky Mountain region it…

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Performance - Lyon Opera Ballet

Lyon Opera Ballet, heralded for its commitment to showcasing the work of significant contemporary choreographers, performs a spectacular program featuring some of the best choreography created over the last thirty years. On tap is William…

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Performance - Alonzo King Lines Ballet

San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to The Joyce with two New York premieres, including Writing Ground, an emotionally searing, lyrical work inspired by poetry from award-winning author Colum McCann.The second premiere, Concerto for…

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Performance - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Celebrating its 37th season in 2014-15, the company, under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, performs two programs featuring works by JiÅ™í Kylián, Crystal Pite, Nacho Duato, and Hubbard Street resident choreographer Alejandro…

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Performance - Wendy Whelan and Restless Creature

This Joyce co-production and co-commission features Kyle Abraham’s The Serpent and the Smoke; Josh Beamish’s Waltz Epoca; Brian Brooks’s First Fall; and Alejandro Cerrudo’s Ego Et Tu. Set to music ranging from Max Richter and…

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Performance - Malpaso Dance Company

Audiences responded ecstatically to this young Cuban company when it made its U.S. debut at The Joyce last spring.” Following this acclaim, Malpaso comes back to The Joyce for an equally exciting engagement. Embodying the passion that defines…

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Performance: Compagnie CNDC-Angers and Robert Swinston

With a thirty-one year history of dancing and assisting Merce Cunningham, Robert Swinston, the Artistic Director of this French-based company, is uniquely qualified to carry on the Cunningham legacy. Compagnie CNDC (Le Centre National de Danse…

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Performance - Liz Gerring Dance Company

With a thirty-one year history of dancing and assisting Merce Cunningham, Robert Swinston, the Artistic Director of this French-based company, is uniquely qualified to carry on the Cunningham legacy. Compagnie CNDC (Le Centre National de Danse…

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Performance - Stephen Petronio Company

Stephen Petronio Company’s 30th anniversary culminates with the inauguration of Bloodlines, a five-year project incorporating works by trailblazers of American post-modern dance into the Company’s repertory. First up is Merce Cunningham’s…

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Parsons Dance Presents Two New Works At The Joyce Theater

"One of the great movers of modern dance" (The New York Times) and "one of modern dance's great living dance-makers" (New York Magazine), David Parsons and Parsons Dance return to The Joyce Theater from January 15-27, 2013, with…

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