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Page last updated: 09/16/03

Performers/Program | Concert Dates | Ticket Purchase | Getting There | FAQs

2003 Concert Program Set!

    We're delighted to announce that this year's concerts will take place on September 18th through 21st at the Theatre of the Riverside Church. In a way, we're returning to our roots, since this wonderful venue on the upper West Side of Manhattan was the site of the first Dance as Ever concert in 1993.

    Performers and Program

    Our exciting guest artists include two principal dancers with the New York City Ballet -- Peter Boal and Alexandra Ansanelli. On opening night, September 18, Peter Boal will be reprising A Shropshire Lad, the role created for him in Dance as Ever's 2000 season. At the other three performance (September 19 through 21), Alexandra will be performing a new solo to music by baroque composer Heinrich Biber.

    Studio Shot of Alexandra  Ansanelli

    Studio picture of Alexandra Ansanelli - photo by Josef Astor, fashion by David Quinn

    We've also commissioned composer Evren Celimli to do the score for a new work, entitled The New Rome. Rounding out the program will be repertory from previous concerts: the sensuous Rideau from last year and A Waltz Remembered, from our very first season.

    Performances and Ticket Purchases

    The 2003 concerts will take place September 18 through 21 at the Theatre of the Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, between 120th and 122nd Streets. Evening performances will be held on September 18, 19 and 20 at 8:00 P.M. and a matinee on Sunday, September 21, at 2:00 P.M. The September 18 performance features NYCB principal Peter Boal; the September 19 through 21 performances feature NYCB principal Alexandra Ansanelli.

    Ticket Purchases: Ticket prices are $25 General Admission; $15 for Students. To purchase tickets please call the theatre box office at 212 870-6784 from Tuesday through Saturday from 4-8 pm and on Sunday from 12-4 pm. Please have a credit card handy. Tickets will also be available at the door. For information on press tickets and special discounts, see below.

    Getting There: The theater is located near the Barnard Campus at 120th Street and Riverside Drive, enter at 91 Claremont Avenue.

    Please note: The sidewalk is being replaced on the northwest corner of Claremont Avenue and 120th Street. For your safety, we suggest you walk north to 121st Street, cross Claremont Avenue and go one-half block south to the entrance at number 91.

    By Subway: The most convenient subway stop is the 1 to 116th Street. Walk four blocks north and one block west. There is also an on-site parking garage. Note: If the IRT Broadway Express (#2 or #3 IRT) is taken uptown from mid town Manhattan, be sure to change at 96th street for the local train.

    Please note: On the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Local line (#1), the uptown subway skips the 110th and 125th Streets stops which are undergoing renovation, so be sure to use the 116th Street station.

    By Bus: Take the M-104, M-4 or M-5 to the 120th or 122nd Street.

    By Car: HENRY HUDSON PARKWAY NORTHBOUND—take the 95th Street Exit, turn left (continuing north) on Riverside Drive. The church is located at 120th Street.

    HENRY HUDSON PARKWAY SOUTHBOUND—take the 125th Street Exit. Drive straight to 125th Street. Turn left onto 125th Street. Take 125th Street to Broadway. (You’ll see the elevated train tracks at Broadway.) Turn right onto Broadway and go to 120th Street (Reinhold Niebuhr) and turn right. The church is one block west of Broadway.

    TRIBOROUGH BRIDGE TO MANHATTAN—Take 125th Street Exit. Take 125th Street to Broadway. Turn left on Broadway, drive to 120th Street (Reinhold Niebuhr). Turn right. The church is one block west of Broadway.

    Parking: The Claremont Avenue Garage is operated by Rapid Park Inc., 212.866.1000, and is open to the public during the following hours:

    Monday through Sunday 7:00 a.m.—12:00 midnight


    The garage is located beneath the church’s South Wing. The entrance is on 120th Street between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue. There is a fee for parking.

    Ticket and Performance FAQs

  • How can I get tickets?

  • Are you offering any special discounts?

  • Will there be tickets at the door?

  • When's the best performance to attend?

  • How do I get to the theater?

  • Is that an OK neighborhood?

  • What if I want to come a different night than I reserved?

  • How can I pay?

  • Is the performance kid-friendly?

  • I just can't afford to see the show.


  • How can I get tickets?

      If you're buying regular price or student tickets, buy them from the Riverside Box Office. For advance purchases, call the theater at 212 870-6784. Have a credit card handy. The theater will accept advance ticket purchases only; you can't make a reservation without buying a ticket.

      All other types of seating (press, complimentary, etc.) are NOT handled by the box office. Please contact us via phone (212) 780-3413 or email (dae@panix.com) at least 24 hours in advance of the performance you wish to see.

    Are you offering any special discounts?

      Our special "bring-a-friend" discount offer expired on September 15th.

    Will there be tickets at the door?

      We can't make guarantees, but there should be tickets available at the door each night. You can call ahead to check if you would like, or try and arrive by 7:30. Credit cards are accepted by the theater, cash inevitably goes faster.

    When's the best performance to attend?

      This is the first year we have slightly differing programs. Peter Boal is performing on opening night, Alexandra Ansanelli on the other nights, so you might base your decision on that. (I know a few people who are coming twice to see both of them.) Thursday night traditionally sells well, because it doesn't conflict with weekend plans. I think the performances only get better by Friday and Saturday. If you have a long way to travel or don't like traveling at night, you're a knitter (or an Auction Vulture who likes to swoop in and outbid, and we have a few, warning!!) Sunday matinee is your day, and that also tends to sell quite well..

    How do I get to the theater?

      The closest subway stop to The Riverside Church is on the 1 line at 116th Street. Walk north to 120th Street and then one block west (to your left). It's difficult to miss the church, it has an enormous, beautiful spire. Complete directions, including by bus and by driving, can be found above.

    Is that an OK neighborhood?

      LAW:I think so. It's right off the Barnard Campus. I didn't mind it in 1993 when we were first there, but in the ten years since then it's really become inviting. There are great restaurants on Broadway from around 112th to 116th Streets. Try Le Monde for a French bistro with great pastries or Nacho Mama's for good, inexpensive Mexican food.

      Riverside Church is an attraction in itself (the stained glass is magnificent, try and give yourself some time to visit the main chapel), but there's also the Columbia and Barnard campuses, St. John the Divine on 110th Street and Grant's Tomb one or two blocks from the Church. Go early and rediscover Upper Manhattan.

    What if I want to come a different night than I reserved?

      We aren't handling box office this year, so that gets complicated if you have already purchased a ticket. Please call Riverside at (212) 870-6784 first and see what's possible. If you are still having trouble, please email me with at least 24 hours notice and I will see what I can do..

    How can I pay?

      The box office will accept cash and credit cards. If you're going to pay with credit card at the door, please allow yourself a little extra time as it takes a bit longer to transact than a cash sale.

    Is the performance kid-friendly?

      It's more kid-neutral. There's nothing that has a mature subject matter, but there is also nothing specifically aimed at children. There's great dancing and beautiful costumes, though. If they can sit quietly for the ballets (that's 20 minutes at a time), by all means bring them, I think they'll enjoy themselves..

    I just can't afford to see the show.

      For people with low incomes and "starving artists", we offer a limited number of tickets at $10. You need to pay for these in advance and they're not refundable or transferable. If paying by cash or check, we need to receive payment at least 24 hours in advance. If you wish to pay by credit card, you can do so through PayPal, but you need to contact us 48 hours in advance of the performance.

      Another option is to volunteer to help at the auction or concession tables. We'd love your help, and you can see the show for free. Email us -- we really need help staffing auction and concession tables. We'd love your help, and you can see the show for free.