This Week — 8 October 2021

The circus world is abuzz with thrilling new offerings in print, on stage, in our hearts and (just as importantly) in our wallets. Look no further for excellent opportunities to SUPPORT LOCAL CIRCUS.



  1. Shows can’t happen without stagehands (with the Kennedy Center’s scheduled production of the Tony-award-winning Hadestown currently in jeopardy).
  2. The plight of stagehands overlaps with the plight of all performing artists in their reasonable demand of living wages for the professional and culture-shifting work that they do every day.
  3. Esteemed art houses and organizations with grand reputations frequently hide behind their big names to exploit artists, employees and staff at all levels. When we as artists or consumers stand in solidarity with technical crews and administrative workers, we fight this broader battle for the good of arts everywhere.

If you’re interested in supporting IATSE members during this difficult time, fill out the mutual aid form at this link.


***Stay safe, and know before you go! Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.***
October 9

October 9 – 24

October 16

October 27 – November 7

November 11

November 18 – January 9

  • Omnium: A Bold New Circus lands in Tysons III for a long run of shows under the big top featuring a diverse and multi-abled cast of circus artists performing in an accessible environment. This production emerged in quarantine as a critically acclaimed virtual spectacle. The live version will offer ADA seating, audio description, braille and large print programs, integrated ASL interpreters, a calming area in the lobby, STEAM based study guides and more! Get tickets at this link.


October 16

November 13

  • The 2021 Circadium Gala will be an in-person spectacle to behold this year, with proceeds supporting the first and only diploma-granting institution of higher education for circus artists in the United States. Visit this link to donate and get a ticket. If you can make it to Philly, look forward to an action-packed evening including live performances on the ground and in the air accompanied by the West Philly Orchestra from 7-10 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, consider participating in the online silent auction happening live during the gala.


October 18

  • Listen to a free discussion hosted by the American Circus Alliance between a second-generation circus performer and a professional rigger for insight into aerial rigging from the performer’s perspective. This conversation will explore how to develop mutual trust between performers and riggers to create an innovative and fun working environment promoting ‘safe danger.’ Register at this link.


October 9-10


October 13

October 14

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School cafeteria. Visitors must wear masks and sign a liability waiver. If you would like to help with the club’s newly required insurance expenses, email


  • Circus artists who identify as persons of color living in the U.S. can now apply for CSAW‘s November $1,000 microgrant. You can also consider applying for the upcoming tuition grant ($5,000), which can be used for any circus education related expenses. Find more information at this link. The deadline to apply for the microgrant is October 15, but a new grant will be available every month for the next year.

Photo by Bill Lane © 2013.