Performances: Frequently Asked Questions - Gibney
Week of August 3, 2020
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Performances: Frequently Asked Questions

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Got questions about Performances at Gibney?  We’ve got you covered!

Browse below to learn about our current season, ongoing performance series, usher opportunities, and more.

Photo of Brother(hood) Dance! by Ryan Muir.

What is Gibney's current season?

We are excited to present our Fall 2019 Season, WALLS DOWN!  Read the season announcement and view the season schedule.

All performances will take place at our 280 Broadway location.

See all upcoming performances at Gibney here.

What other events and performances are happening?

Alongside each season, Gibney presents ongoing performance series and events, each with a different engagement focus:

Gibney’s Community Action department facilitates workshops, trainings, and events year-round, including October’s annual Cracks of Light performance.  Co-presented by Sanctuary for Families, this series bears witness to survivors of intimate partner and gender-based violence during our annual observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

POP: Performance Opportunity Project provides space, support, and subsidized rates for performances to non-profit companies and individual dance artists.

Where can I purchase tickets for performances?

Tickets for all performances and events can be purchased here.

All performances take place at our 280 Broadway location.

For ticketing inquiries or requests, please email

Can I volunteer usher to see a performance for free?

Absolutely!  The number of available usher spots varies per performance, so it’s a good idea to sign up in advance by emailing

Ushers are called one hour before curtain, and are asked to wear all-black attire and footwear.

All performances will take place at our 280 Broadway location.

How do I get to Gibney 280?

Gibney 280 Broadway is located in Lower Manhattan across from City Hall at the nexus of Tribeca and the Financial District, near the following subway stations:

Brooklyn Bridge City Hall: 4, 5, 6, J, Z
City Hall: R, W
Chambers Street: A, C, 1, 2, 3
Park Place: 2, 3

View Google Maps here. We look forward to seeing you!

Is Gibney 280 accessible?

Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.

We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us.

Please request ASL interpreting, audio description, or open captioning 30 days before the event or submit other requests by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form or by calling 646.837.6809 (Voice only).

Can I take photos or video during a performance?

There is no photography or videography allowed during any performance, unless directly specified by the artist at the time of the performance.

Artists may contract our Digital Media Initiative to capture media during rehearsals and/or performances. All materials are the creative and intellectual property of the artists, and requests for access or purchase must be made to them directly.

Learn more about the DMI’s services for your project or performance here.

Does Gibney sell concessions and merchandise?

We do!  Gibney sells $5 wine and beer, and $1 snacks at every performance.  Outside food and drinks are not permitted, and there is no eating in the performance spaces. (Drinks purchased at Concessions and water are allowed). 

Merchandise is available for purchase before and after performances, as well as during normal Gibney operating hours.

Where can I have a meal before or after a performance?

There are many choices in lower Manhattan!  The following list includes establishments open ‘til late:

Maxwell’s ($$)
59 Reade St, New York, NY 10007

Mariachi’s ($)
156 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

Gran Morsi ($$)
22 Warren St, New York, NY 10007

Rosa Mexicano ($$)
41 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007

Dark Horse ($$)
17 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007

The Beekman Pub ($$)
15 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038

Da Claudio ($$)
21 Ann St, New York, NY 10038

Reade Street Pub and Kitchen ($)
135 Reade St, New York, NY 10013

How does Gibney decide what to present?

Gibney’s Performance and Residencies department works year-round to curate and program each season and performance series, working in tandem with the Curatorial Advisory Team.  Learn more about Senior Curatorial Director Eva Yaa Asantewaa and Producer Sarah A.O. Rosner.

How can I learn more about the artists Gibney presents?

We are excited about our presenting artists and offer several ways to follow their work:

  • Follow us on social media!
  • Read our Performance & Engagement blog posts here.

Artists also often offer technique classes or workshops in our studios. View our Classes schedule to see who’s teaching when.

How can I perform or present at Gibney?

Gibney accepts applications throughout the year for our various programs:

Work Up supports and cultivates the work of early-career artists through a residency, professional development program, performance opportunity.

DiP: Dance in Process offers creative residency support for mid-career New York City-based artists by providing rehearsal space, a significant stipend, and technical and administrative resources.

POP: Performance Opportunity Project provides space, support, and subsidized rates for performances to non-profit companies and individual dance artists.

ShowDown is a performance and feedback series for emerging and mid-career dance artists to show works-in-progress at Gibney 280 Broadway.

In addition, our Artist Curation Form accepts submissions for consideration at any time, without designating a specific program.

Please visit our Performances page for more information on current programming.

What performance spaces does Gibney have?

All performance spaces are located at our 280 Broadway location.


The Lab (Studio A) is a sun-lit and fully accessible ground floor space with windows looking out on Chambers Street. Gibney’s smallest performance space, The Lab is equipped with lighting, sound, and projection capabilities, and includes rolling mylar mirrors.

Learn more and book The Lab.


Gibney’s White Box theater (Studio C) features twin skylights that create an architecturally memorable look.  The space is large and versatile, perfect for classes, performances, and events.

Learn more and book The White Box.


Gibney’s Black Box theater (Studio Y) is also our Dance in Process Production Residency space.  With a lighting grid and blackout curtains on its numerous large windows, it easily transforms from an ideal rehearsal space to a fully equipped performance space, with a soundproof door.

Learn more and book The Black Box.


Extra-large and extra versatile, our 116-seat Theater (Studio H) can also easily transform into a rehearsal space or elegant setting for an event.

Learn more and book The Theater.


The Gallery creates a rare opportunity to reframe the dialogue between the fields of visual art, performance art, and dance. Located in the atrium of our performing arts center, this exhibitions space allows for an intersection between artistic disciplines.

Learn more about The Gallery.