This Week — 4 June 2021

If you’re near Philadelphia this weekend, be sure to check out the triumphant return of live circus during the Hand to Hand Circus Festival. Otherwise, there are plenty of online happenings to satisfy your appetite for circus antics. And if you’re hosting an in-person event this summer, let us know!


  • The Circus District is looking for LGBTQIA+ circus artists — hobbyists, enthusiasts. students, professionals and teachers — from the DMV to join us for a local profile series celebrating pride this month (and every day of the year). If you or someone you know is interested in doing a recorded Zoom interview or offline interview for a written piece, please email us at These interviews will be popping up on our Facebook and YouTube in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out!


June 4



June 4-13

June 13

June 17-20


June 4-6

June 17

  • Dance Place presents Gaze, a five-day virtual festival highlighting local and national LGBTQIA+ artists and companies running June 16-21. On June 17 at 5 p.m., watch Creep Cuts perform their piece FREEZE RESPONSE, which draws from the indecision and purposelessness of the global pandemic to reveal a surrealist, anti-fascist work of clowning. This performance uses dada drag, queer social media diatribes, original electronic music and sketch comedy to create a fever dream of rebellious imagination. Watch for free at this link. This show will stream through June 28 at

July 12-18

  • Join hundreds of jugglers from around the world at the IJA Online Festival 2021, featuring shows, workshops, panel discussions, 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.

July 23-25

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, and see scholarship information below.


Photo from House on the Rock by Joseph Gage © 2020