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Joyce Theater


Simon Zelnik, 1980s renovation by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer 


175 Eigth Ave. (at 19th Street) 




Art Deco  









Eliot Feld, director of the Feld Ballet, conceived of the Joyce Theater in the late 1970s. At that time, the only workable New York venues for dance were either high-rent, full-size theatrical venues or awkwardly configured downtown lofts. The old Elgin Theater, a former Eighth Avenue art-film house, offered a unique compromise between these two extremes. The facility was purchased, given a $3.5 million renovation and opened as the Joyce Theater in 1982. Since then it has emerged as one of the nation's foremost venues for dance.

One typical Joyce season might feature 25 modern, ballet and ethnic dance troupes presenting dozens of premieres in addition to repertory works. Companies appearing since the Theater's opening include the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Japan's Takarazuka Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Pilobolus, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lyon Opera Ballet, the American Indian Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Classical Dance Company of Cambodia, and the companies of Merce Cunningham and Laura Dean.

The Art Moderne building was originally constructed in 1942 after a design by Simon Zelnik. The early 1980s renovation was designed by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. Audiences have widely praised the new 472-seat theater for its intimate and comfortable spaces. The Joyce education program serves some 5,000 city school children a year with free performances by some of the nation's finest dance companies.


Hours: Box Office: 2-6 pm daily
Admission: Ticket prices: Members get 40 percent discount; groups of 20 or more, 20 percent discount; students and seniors get discounts within one hour of curtain time
Food Service: Bar in lobby, lower level
Disability Access: Fully accessible, but seating arrangements should be made in advance
Directions: Subway: A, C or E to 14th Street; 1/9 to 18th Street; Bus: M10, M11 to 18th Street; M14 to Eighth Avenue

JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800