Whether you’re ready to brave the heat or cling to your A/C, there are many opportunities to enjoy live and virtual circus events in July. Stay happy, healthy and sane with the circus this summer!
PRIDE ALL YEAR
- We will be releasing our first video of the Pride Month Interview Series next Friday (7/9) at 6 p.m. EDT. Join us in the chat for the YouTube premiere. This series of insightful Zoom interviews with local LGBTQIA+ performing artists will be premiering at various dates and times on our Facebook and YouTube pages in the next couple of months, so keep an eye out!
- The juggling world lost a beloved prop maker and creative force far too soon with the passing of Mexican juggler Alberto Hernández (aka Beto Balls on Instagram). Read about this accomplished, inquisitive, and community-driven young man in his obituary on eJuggle at this link.
- Check out the fourth Central American preliminaries of Battle Night at 7 p.m. EDT to see eight club jugglers from El Salvador, Panamá, Honduras and Costa Rica go head-to-head in a fun and engaging virtual competition. The audience gets a vote in each round, alongside two judges who will share their expert analysis. Join the Zoom at this link, or watch on the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube page.
- Enjoy an online presentation of nerdy magic during CHEMYSTERY — The Virtual Magic Showcase Experience at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Performed from a Boston theater and streamed live to your living room, this show features performers who love science as much as they love illusions and geek trickery. Tickets are limited, so grab one for your household now at this link.
July 2 – August 8
- UniverSoul Circus is currently performing a run of shows at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., with tickets available at this link. This high-energy cast of performers represents 28 years of Black-owned circus shows delighting audiences across the country. Hear from the company’s founder Cedric Walker in this 2017 interview by The Ringling.
- The Fairfax Jugglers will are meeting on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Key Intermediate School Cafeteria (6402 Franconia Rd., Springfield, VA). All are welcome to join this fun and casual juggling meet-up, happening every Thursday that Fairfax County Schools are hosting evening activities. They will likely start the evening outdoors in nice weather, then migrate indoors to the school gym. Check out this map for specific location information.
- Irresistible Revolution: The Seeds We Sow is a full day event at the Olde City Garden in Northeast DC, offering space for BIQOC and LGBTQIA+ movement and flow artists to breathe, reflect and grow together. The day will include panels, performances, open mics, yoga, live art installations, and a Sunset & Chill jam (pending a fire permit). Find out more about this event and RSVP here. You can also sign up to volunteer at this link. Remember that this event is designed to allow marginalized groups to speak their truth, process pain, heal and cultivate a space of joy and healing. Those seeking allyship and solidarity in this movement are most welcome.
- Join hundreds of jugglers from around the world at the IJA Online Festival 2021, featuring shows, workshops, panel discussions, Battle Night, a prop raffle and much more. Last year’s online festival revealed just how fun and far-reaching a virtual juggling event can be. RSVP at the Facebook event page. Sign up to teach a workshop here.
- The Virtual European Juggling Convention 2021 will feature a global array of workshops, games and an online gala show. If you’re interested in running a workshop or hosting another virtual activity, email VEJC@eja.net. Free virtual registration is now open at this link. Consider also making a donation to support future EJCs. Visit the Facebook event page for the latest.
July 30-August 7
- Enjoy the Virtual Aerial Dance Festival, with workshops in aerial theory, dance, juggling, flexibility, creativity, pilates, improvisation, burlesque and more. There will also be panel discussions on a variety of topics including aging in aerial arts, implicit bias of BIPOCs in entertainment, intersectionality in aerial dance and circus, and aerial and motherhood. Register at this link.
CIRCUS IN THE NEWS
- The New York Times recently published an article highlighting algorithmic typographers (I had to spellcheck that too) Erik and Martin Demaine, who have created a typeface based on three-ball juggling patterns. Read the article here, and see what your name looks like in juggle-font at this link.
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