There’s a stormy Friday in the forecast, but we hope you still get your share of circus euphoria this weekend!
CIRCUS DISTRICT PRIDE
- Help us celebrate Pride Month by tuning into the premiere of our Pride Month Interview Series, which profiles some of the DMV’s spectacular LGBTQIA+ circus humans and their multifaceted fields of knowledge and experience. Watch the trailer at this link.
- Subscribe to our YouTube channel and click the bell for notifications for the latest premieres throughout the month.
- Gain a deeper understanding of the connection between musical and juggling architecture in ‘Juggling to Music,’ a workshop by Gandini Juggling. Hosted by the CIrcadium School of Contemporary Circus from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. An understanding of siteswap notation is useful, but not necessary. Register at this link.
May 31 – June 12
- The Hand to Hand Circus Festival, a production of FringeArts, returns with four exciting events, starting with Test Flights, an evening of works-in-progress at the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus. The festival continues with In Human, a show by the graduating class of Circadium, and a free outdoor circus midway for all ages. Gandini Juggling completes the line-up with the U.S. premiere of their show LIFE: A Love Letter to Merce Cunningham. Get all of the festival details at this link.
ALL THINGS BURLESQUE
***Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.
- Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is back at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore for an evening of entertainment, tease and visual art-making. Bring your own drawing materials and get ready for fun art games, delicious cocktails and live burlesque performances by the model. Get tickets at this link.
- Honeybee Burlesque presents Gay & Frisky, a celebration of pride and appropriately pearl-clutching performances by Bearcat Betty, Lady Bladie, Lipstick Lamarr, Onyx D. Pearl, Salem Sirene and Cinderfella. Hang out at The Lodge in Frederick, Md., starting at 7 p.m. for this 10:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $8 at the door. Get more information at this link.
- The Adult Section at Library Tavern DC is an entrancing night of burlesque performances accompanied by a delicious dinner of Persian dishes — included in your ticket price! Seatings for dinner are at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Get tickets at this link.
- The legendary GiGi Holliday will be offering an Improv Bump & Grind workshop at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore from Noon-2 p.m. Working from the dynamic duo of ‘bump & grind,’ two foundational burlesque moves, GiGi explains how to build an entertaining act, including how to handle ‘oops’ moments and how to perform to live music. Register at this link.
- The dream team of Callie Pigeon and Delilah Dentata presents Make It Clapton: A Burlesque and Variety Tribute to Your Dad’s Fave Music at 1 p.m. at the Bier Baron Tavern. Doors open at noon for this riotous burlesque homage to the unforgettable jams of car rides, cookouts and some endless project with a shop vac in the garage. Get tickets at this link.
July 29 – September 25
- The extremely popular Cirque du Soleil show Kurios is returning to Tysons this summer for a long run of shows. Enjoy this imaginative exploration of outlandish inventions and mechanical feats under the big top. Tickets are now available at this link.
- DC movement artist Dody DiSanto has some wonderful classes approaching at the Center for Movement Theatre in Tenleytown. June offerings include the four-class series Momentum: Rebuilding the Body (which I think we could all use right now), Clown Weekend 6/11 and 6/12, and Neutral Mask 6/22-26. Get more information and sign up at this link.
May 30 Deadline
- Help inform the future of circus in the U.S. by taking the Circus Industry Survey. This is a collaboration of the American Circus Educators Association, the American Youth Circus Organization and the American Circus Alliance to collect useful data about the circus sector that allows more targeted and effective advocacy on our behalf. Survey takers should include companies, schools, programs, organizations and individual workers. Visit this link take this important survey.
- Jugglers, slack-liners and flow artists have been meeting regularly at Malcolm X Park on Sunday afternoons (around 4 p.m.). Join the Sunday Circus Facebook group for updates.
June 1 & 3
- The UMD Juggling Club will meet on Mckeldin Mall (or in the Art/Sociology building if it’s raining) from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday. All are welcome to attend. Join the club’s Facebook group for updates and follow them on Instagram for fun content.
- The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School cafeteria. Visitors must sign a liability waiver, and masks are recommended.
- The International Jugglers Association is returning to an in-person festival this year in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Register at this link for a week of extraordinarily fun juggling performances, workshops, games and competitions. If you have financial need, apply for a scholarship to cover your full/partial expenses at this link. Covid protocol information is viewable here.