Jersey City Theater Center Opens Restored White Eagle Hall with Dance

On April 7th, Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents a dance concert to open the newly restorEd White Eagle Hall, an historic theater built by Polish immigrants in 1910.

The JCTC presentation of Nimbus: Proliferate & Gala by Nimbus Dance Works, an acclaimed Dance Company based in Jersey City, marks the first performance of any kind in more than 40 years in this newly restored venue.

"It is fitting that the first show JCTC will be presenting in this beautiful building is Nimbus Dance Works, because they, like JCTC , are committed to bringing quality work of the highest artistic excellence to the community," said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC.

White Eagle Hall opened in 1910 as a theater and public assembly facility, hosting recitals, concerts, Theater Productions, sporting exhibitions and other community events. By the end of the 20th century, the space had become famous as the practice court of Basketball Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley and his championship team, the St. Anthony Friars. This comprehensive restoration - which followed sustainable building standards - by the Ben LoPiccolo Development Group (BLDG), brought back to life the original luster of this historical theater while adding the latest in sound and lighting technology as well as audience amenities.

JCTC presents Nimbus: Proliferate & Gala as part of its Disruption series, which runs through June 7th at both White Eagle Hall and the adjacent Merseles Studios. Through visual arts, theatre, readings, performances and music, JCTC explores topics global in scope yet relevant to the community.

"When conflict, antagonism and misunderstanding increasingly appear as the norm in headlines, social media feeds, and discourse in our diverse world, I am moved by those who resolutely stand up for unity, cooperation and expression," said Samuel Pott, Artistic Director, Nimbus Dance. "Nimbus' performance at White Eagle Hall represents a coming together of an extraordinary group of Committed Artists and citizens - the artists of Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City Theater Center, our honorees: the individuals who make possible the Dance to Learn program bringing dance to hundreds of Jersey City schoolchildren, and the Jersey City community to celebrate dance, the arts and what is possible when we come together."

Nimbus: Proliferate& Gala features the Extraordinary Company Dancers of Nimbus Dance Works followed by a Gala Reception, proceeds will benefit Dance to Learn Program, a statewide Creative Movement Program for students as well as the Dance To Learn Program in Jersey City Schools.

Proliferate includes All Star Ball Passing Redux, the renowned masterwork by American choreographer, Charles Moulton; Mapping, by Darshan Singh Bhuller, an acclaimed choreographer from the United Kingdom; and Surface Tension by Samuel Pott, Artistic Director, Nimbus Dance Works. In addition, the evening also includes a special preview of another work by Pott, Esther, featuring PeiJu Chien-Pott, an internationally acclaimed dancer.

Now in its 12th season, the acclaimed Nimbus Dance Works combines high-level dance with innovative community outreach. Nimbus Dance Works performers are top-tier dance artists trained at renowned companies from around the world. Nimbus Dance Works' 2016-17 Season is made possible by: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Music USA/Live Music for Dance, Goldman Sachs, US Trust/Bank of America, the City of Jersey City and the New Jersey State Council. In addition, the School of Nimbus Dance Works offers top-tier training in Ballet, Modern and Hip-Hop with exposure to other dance forms for children 2+, teens, and adults.

On Sunday April 23rd/4:30pm at White Eagle Hall JCTC presents Now I Know a one-man show by American Humorist and featured personality on NPR's Snap Judgement, James Judd. For tickets, visit: jctcenter.org.

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