BAX is a fundamental resource for NYC dance and theater artists, providing critical urban residency support for the development of cutting edge new work. Since 1998, when BAX received a Bessie Award “for building both a house and a home for the arts in Brooklyn,” BAX’s service to NYC artists has deepened and broadened. Thousands of NYC performing artists come through BAX’s doors each year to rehearse, perform, teach, curate, take part in residencies and act as artist advisors. The organization’s distinct focus on developmental process and individualized approach to working with each artist has made it a nurturing incubator with a proven record of success in supporting NYC dance and theater artists.
In its twenty-five year history, BAX has premiered the work of rising dance and theater artists, many of whom have subsequently become key figures in the field, including George Emilio Sanchez, Reggie Wilson, Dean Moss, Peggy Shaw, Judith Sloan, Imani Henry, luciana achugar, Young Jean Lee and Faye Driscoll.
Recent alumni of BAX AIR have won artistic acclaim for work developed at BAX
• Faye Driscoll received a Bessie Award in 2010 for 837 Venice Boulevard developed during her residency. She received Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Creative Capital grant awards in 2012 and is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.
• Young Jean Lee developed both The Shipment and Church during her 2006-2008 AIR, received an Obie in 2007 and was part of the 2012 class of Doris Duke Artists, receiving $225,000 in unrestricted funding.
• Yasuko Yokoshi developed her Bessie award-winning work what we when we during a BAX Space Grant residency.
• luciana achugar (2009-11 AIR) received a 2010 Bessie Award for Puro Deseo, developed during her residency, and was awarded a 2012 Creative Capital grant award. Luciana was also selected as part of new multi-site residency, The Hatchery Project in collaboration with Vermont Performance Lab, Philadelphia Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.
BAX offers the following programs, which embody its inclusive vision of developing art and artists.
Visit artistservices.bax.org/residencies/ for more information about our residency programs.
Low-Cost Space Rental
BAX offers NYC artists more than 10,000 hours of low-cost rehearsal space in four studios, available seven days/wk. [Learn More]
BAX’s presenting season encompasses over 55 evenings of cutting edge performance, and has always been an integral part of our core work developing emerging artists. BAX views presenting and performance as part of the artist’s developmental process, and many of our performance series include artists’ commentary about their work. BAX also makes over 10 weekends per season available for self-produced performance rentals to professional dance and theater companies through our Visitor’s Program. BAX typically engages current and former artists-in-residence as curators, extending artists aesthetic investigations, creating links among artists, and building additional employment options for artists. [Learn More]
Artist Services Day
Artist Services Day, now in it’s second year, is a day-long series of workshops, panels, presentation and information sessions on services, programs and issues relevant to independent working artists in NYC. [Learn More]