Mid-century architecture houses 21st-century performance, especially dance.. Taking Initiative Williamsburg Art Nexus (WAX) was opened with two noble intentions: to save an architecturally attractive factory built in the 1950's, and to give stage performers a reasonably priced rehearsal space close to Manhattan. Founded by four dancers guided by a strong faith in the next generation, the center's goal is to cultivate artists of all media as well as their audiences.
Follow the Light The garage door entrance to WAX, when raised, does wonders for drawing the eye in from the street to the well-lit art gallery and lounge area. The theater is spacious yet intimate with a 30-by-36-foot stage, two skylights and seating for 64 in the form of synagogue pews. After much renovation, the space strikes a pleasing balance between raw and refined, making WAX fit right in with today's post-industrial Williamsburg.