Here & Now

Enjoy the high-flying, partner-balancing, fast-tumbling feats of the University of Maryland’s Gymkana Troupe tonight (12/7) at 6 p.m. at their ‘Mock Show 2018.’ This free, two-hour show at the UMD School of Public Health gives the troupers a chance to exhibit their routines for the delight and amazement of their audience. Also, did you know that Gymkana offers classes for kids and adults? Visit their website and click on ‘Register Here’ to see the list of upcoming Saturday workshops running from 12/8 to 1/19.

On Sunday (12/9), take advantage of two special classes by visiting circus artist Jordan Garcia at TSNY-DC. Sign up on their website for his two-hour workshops in aerial straps (12 p.m.) or hand balancing (3 p.m.). Jordan will also be at Baltimore’s AsanaRoots on Saturday (12/8) at 3 p.m. for Beginner/Intermediate Handstand Training.

Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal, an entertaining blend of figure skating, extreme sports, aerial, Chinese pole, partner balancing and juggling, is at the Capitol One Arena tonight (12/7) through Sunday (12/9). Witness the spectacle by getting tickets at this link.

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped continues to perform daily 25-minute circus shows at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center’s atrium. Limited free tickets are available each day on a first-come, first-served basis, and you can also purchase guaranteed seats online, with shows running through January 1st.

Take an easy two-hour drive down to Richmond next weekend (12/14-16) for the Richmond Juggling Convention, featuring games, workshops and a Saturday-night show, all at the Richmond Waldorf School.

The beginner German wheel workshop with Chris Delgado at Mobtown Ballroom next Saturday (12/15) is sold out, but you can still register for intermediate German wheel or supreme spiral success at those links.

This is the perfect time to get excited about circus shows and workshops in 2019. And if you still haven’t found the perfect gift for the acrobatic juggler trapezist in your life, here are some hot tickets!

The ‘Build Your Clown Act’ workshop with Ringling Bros. veteran Rich Potter has been rescheduled for January 25th-27th at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Delve into your clown brain, discover new material and create your next smash hit for a variety show, Fringe festival, sideshow act or burlesque routine. Register before January 4th at this link for a discounted rate.

If you’re interested in traditional circus with modern thrills, check out Big Apple Circus’s visit to National Harbor February 14th – March 24th. You could read the show’s review in the New York Times — in which the author maintains some cringe-worthy snark about our beloved art form — or you could wisely put your faith in the capable hands of ringmaster Stephanie Monseu (Bindlestiff Family Cirkus), cigar box juggler Adam Kuchler, the high-flying Tuniziani’s and the rest of their sensational team. Buy your tickets at this link.

Cirque Mechanics will be in the area February 21st-23rd with their new show 42FT — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels. The show works within the classic dimensions of a circus ring, in which extraordinary machines and superb circus artists deliver modern twists and turns. See the show 2/21 at the Weinberg Center in Frederick, 2/22 at the GMU Center for the Arts in Fairfax or 2/23 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.

Tickets are now available for Cirkus Cirkör’s performance of Limits at the Kennedy Center, March 6th-9th. This show examines how artificial barriers constrain our natural human impulses to travel and to explore. Take home your own unbounded message from what reviewers call ‘contemporary circus activism.’ This is the only opportunity to see the renowned Swedish circus company in the United States in 2019.

Juggling meet-ups in the coming week include:
  • Juggling class at TSNY-DC is on for this Sunday (12/9) at 1:30 p.m. and you can also sign up for their open juggling sessions on Fridays from 6-7 p.m. through their website.
  • The University of Maryland juggling club will meet today (12/7) from 4-6 p.m. and next Wednesday (12/12) from 5-7 p.m. in the downstairs atrium of the Art/Sociology building.
  • The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursday (12/13) from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School cafeteria.

December Calendar
12/5-9 Cirque du Soleil presents Crystal @ Capital One Arena
12/8-9 Sticksout Baltimore @ Creative Labs
12/14-16 Richmond Juggling Convention @ Richmond Waldorf School
12/21 Circus District: Juggle Jam @ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
12/22 Introduction to Aerial Dance @ Mobtown Ballroom
12/29 Invented Aerial Apparatus Workshop @ Mobtown Ballroom