This Week — 21 September 2020

WATCH
TONIGHT (9/21)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition is back! Behold the marvelous talents of a worldly cast of performers, presented weekly for your entertainment (and generous tips). The show starts at 8 p.m. EDT. Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

LEARN
TONIGHT (9/21)

  • Social Activism: Art as Agent for Change, a discussion about the power of the arts in the battle against Covid-19 and systemic racism, starts at 7 p.m. EDT on fb.com/umdcpsarts or fb.com/mlawprograms. This talk is hosted by the University of Maryland through the College Park Scholars Art and Justice and Legal Thought. Speakers include director of undergraduate law Robert Koulish, artist and muralist Mas Paz, actor Jefferson Russell, Latin American art professor Dr. Abigail McEwan, and assistant director for community engagement (at The Clarice) Jane Hirshberg.

PARTICIPATE
Friday-Sunday (9/25-9/27)

  • The Portland Juggling Festival is going virtual this year, with workshops and a gala show featuring an international roster of teachers/performers including Neta & Gon, Jorge Vilchis, Poki McCorkle, Matt Hall, Taylor Glenn, Naomi Shafer, Anni Küpper, Bri Crabtree and more! Links for this Zoom event will appear on the Facebook event page. The event is free, but donations to the Portland Jugglers are encouraged.

SUPPORT

This Week — 11 September 2020

Read today’s edition of The District Ringer for a window into the golden era of touring circus shows during the 1918 influenza epidemic. Charlotte’s research leads us to ponder how much risk circus workers were assuming by going ahead with shows in Charleston, South Carolina, and how these employees handled an uncertain future at the end of their season.


WATCH
TONIGHT (9/11)

  • Battle Night is a jaw-dropping showcase of high-energy technical and artistic club juggling by eight competitors, only one of whom can be crowned champion. Much like breakdance battles, jugglers are judged on their originality, style and musicality. Watch on Zoom at this link, or stream it on the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube channel. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

MONDAY (9/14)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition is back! Behold the marvelous talents of a worldly cast of performers, presented weekly for your entertainment (and generous tips). The show stars at 8 p.m. EDT. Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

FRIDAY (9/18)

  • Little Salon DC, a multi-disciplinary arts event usually hosted in a DC home, is going virtual. This month’s evening of entertainment coincides with DC Design Week, with the line-up including a puppet show by Alex & Olmsted, R&B by BOOMscat, spoken word by Charity Blackwell and a cocktail lesson with bartender Frank Mills. Snag free tickets at this link. ‘Doors’ open at 7:15 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

LISTEN

  • The Hideaway Circus podcast spoke to Yaron Lifschitz, artistic director of the acrobatic Australian circus company CIRCA, for their latest episode, which highlights circus shows happening in spite of the pandemic. This edition also profiles the junkyard-inspired production Salvage City in Las Vegas and Chicago’s Midnight Circus.

PARTICIPATE

  • Flashepoint Simulation, a fire and flow festival happening October 9th-11th on Zoom and Twitch, is now accepting applications from musicians, performers, instructors and vendors. Fill out this Google form by Tuesday (9/15) at noon to perform in their live-streamed shows, teach a workshop, DJ an event or sell your wares.

The Covid Chronicles: Reopening the Circus, Part Two

LOCAL BUSINESSES RETURN TO THE RING IN THE COVID ERA

Note: This is part two of a four-part series highlighting the gradual reopening of DMV businesses. For part one’s portrait of Emilia’s Acrobatics and Gymnastics, click here.

From the collective shutdown to the current state of affairs, representatives of four companies specializing in recreational, artistic and competitive circus skills talked to The District Ringer about how the global pandemic has reframed their industry. 

Today, our series profiles pole fitness studio Pole Pressure DC in Logan Circle.

“It was like I was on the freeway, and I didn’t have an off ramp.

Devon Williams, CEO of Pole Pressure DC, was at Target in late February when she sensed that something was up.

Shelves normally stocked with alcohol and other cleaning supplies, which she purchased regularly to disinfect shared equipment in her studio, were suddenly empty. As the threat of the virus mounted, so did the impetus to close her business. On March 15th, she did exactly that.

“We were doing really well,” she said of the pole fitness space, which opened in 2009 and was offering 35 classes per week prior to the shutdown. “It was like I was on the freeway, and I didn’t have an off ramp.”

Some of her classes were booked seven months in advance. “How do I just cancel everything and start over?” she remembered thinking. “I would upset so many people.”

But like many resilient entrepreneurs in the District, Williams wasted no time going virtual. 

Less than a week after the studio’s closing, a number of her clients were able to resume their lessons online, from equipment-free flexibility and conditioning classes to pole classes for instructors and students who had an apparatus at home.

“They thought that I had a special line into the mayor. I was like, I find out exactly when it gets posted on the news.”

When Virginia started to reopen in May, Williams said she started getting daily phone calls from the commonwealth about when they could expect her D.C. business to reopen.

“They thought that I had a special line into the mayor,” Williams said, laughing. “I was like, I find out exactly when it gets posted on the news. There’s nothing special happening here. A lot of people were just ready and waiting.”

As the closure wore on, she applied for benefits from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, as well as a small business loan from D.C., both of which she eventually received in June.

After being shuttered for 110 days, Williams finally reopened the studio for in-person classes on July 6th.

With a slimmed-down selection of classes taught by five instructors (including Williams), the studio is only allowing students to take one in-person class per week to reduce the risk of transmission and to give all students a fair opportunity to enroll.

In the next few months, Williams is hoping to double her roster of instructors.

“I want everybody to understand what they need to do before they come in and what I’m doing to protect them, so that they can say, ‘Okay I feel comfortable teaching,’” she said.

Despite taking a substantial financial hit as a result of the pandemic, Williams said that stepping back from her usual business routine has allowed her to re-prioritize the strengths of her company.

“It’s given me an opportunity to really refocus on our core mission. Our main focus is pole, then aerial,” Williams said. “These complementary classes — like our flexibility and our handstand classes — those are great, but they are not our core.”

Narrowing her focus has had a lot to do with her studio’s spatial limitations. During its current state of Phase 2 reopening, the D.C. government recommends a limit of five people per 1,000 square feet of indoor space in gyms and workout studios.

With 1,500 square feet divided between the two rooms of her studio, Williams is hosting six students and one instructor per class at the moment. To make sure students can see their instructor throughout the lesson, she installed television monitors in each room.

“I think people are starting to realize that if they want to have these experiences, they’re willing to pay a little bit of a premium for it.”

One positive outcome for her business has been an uptick in students booking private lessons. “I think people are starting to realize that if they want to have these experiences, they’re willing to pay a little bit of a premium for it,” Williams said.

She also advised any small business owners offering in-person classes to heavily support their instructors in order to best serve their clients.

“The most important people are your instructors,” she said. “Unless you’re superhuman, you’re not going to teach 20 classes a week. You’re just going to be burned out.”

Even as she dealt with a lengthy closure that threatened her business’s stability, Williams still found time to curate two virtual showcases to replace the performances she used to host in the studio.

The shows featured performances by students and teachers, raising money for Mary’s Center — a nonprofit providing healthcare, education and social services to families in D.C. and Maryland — and Black Lives Matter DC.

Because online ticketing was too much of a headache, Williams also encouraged viewers to tip the performers. She said the generosity she felt from the community was heartening.

“It was really encouraging,” she said. “Like, there’s all these other people, you know, and we’re in this together and we’re supporting each other.”

To see Pole Pressure DC’s upcoming class schedule and sign up for a virtual or in-person class, visit their website.

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“We’re fortunate in that our clientele are people who like taking care of themselves, so they want to do the thing that is the healthiest for them.”

In part three of The Covid Chronicles, we’ll hear from Acoatzin Torres and Keith Ryder, owners/operators of Falls Church, Va., aerial studio Monarca in Flight. Stay tuned!

This Week — 4 September 2020


Check out The District Ringer for today’s profile of Pole Pressure DC’s journey through closure, virtual classes and reopening, as told by owner Devon Williams, who talks about how her business has adapted and reorganized in trying times. Thanks again to our Patreon supporters for allowing us to create this community content!


WATCH
TOMORROW (9/5)

  • The Internet Streaming Early Evening Show is now selling a limited number of in-person tickets for their popular variety/music/talk show. If you don’t happen to live in Maine, fear not! You can still watch this quarantine favorite online by purchasing a virtual ticket at this link. The show runs from 7-8:30 p.m. and is fun for the whole family.

MONDAY (9/7)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition is back! Behold the marvelous talents of a worldly cast of performers, presented weekly for your entertainment (and generous tips). Note that the show now starts at 8 p.m. EDT (not 7:30 p.m.). Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

ANYTIME


LEARN
MONDAY (9/7)


PARTICIPATE
SEPTEMBER

  • Pacific Fire Gathering is producing online events throughout the month of September. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates on how to get involved in the virtual format of one of the longest-running flow/fire events in the country.

SUPPORT

  • Got gymnastics or circus equipment you’re no longer using? Pop-Up Movement, a business devoted to education in circus and movement arts in Seattle, is seeking free or low-cost equipment for their studio space, set to open this fall. Visit their website to contact owners Shawn and Sadie, or support the growth of their business on Patreon. Also, be sure to check out their online movement coaching and free Facebook tutorial content.

This Week — 28 August 2020

Today in The District Ringer, find out how the Ringling Bros touring circus dealt with the influenza epidemic of 1918. Charlotte’s well-researched and fascinating history offers us a chance to wonder how those in the ‘golden age’ of circus would’ve handled Covid-19. Thanks to our Patreon supporters for making these articles a reality!


August 28th-30th

  • CIMAC Valparaíso is an annual circus/juggling festival in Mexico, held entirely online this year and featuring workshops, talks and shows. While many of the events are in Spanish, the topics — clowning, dance, juggling — should translate to some degree. Visit the Facebook event page for the latest.

September

  • Pacific Fire Gathering is producing online events throughout the month of September. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates on how to get involved in the virtual format of one of the longest-running flow/fire events in the country.

WATCH
Sunday (8/30)

  • Headless Cabaret will present its final summer show at 1 p.m. EDT. This Europe-based production is viewable on YouTube (where you can also watch their previous shows) and supports artists who have lost work during the global pandemic. Visit their Facebook page for more info about how to donate.
  • Enjoy a live show on Zoom featuring four dancers and circus artists to delight and amaze you at Cocktail Cirquantine @Home. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT. There will be an artist talk-back following the 7:30 p.m. show. Guests are invited to dress up and turn on their cameras to join the fun! Tickets are pay-what-you-can at this link. You will receive the event link after you purchase your ticket.

SEPTEMBER 5th

  • The Internet Streaming Early Evening Show is now selling a limited number of in-person tickets for their popular variety/music/talk show. If you don’t happen to live in Maine, fear not! You can still watch this quarantine favorite online by purchasing a virtual ticket at this link. The show runs from 7-8:30 p.m. and is fun for the whole family.

ANYTIME

  • Jugglers Joe Fisher, Byron Hutton and Richard Sullivan just released their entertaining video Ring-ins on YouTube, featuring numerous ways to throw a ball through a ring, or ring through a ball? You may question reality after watching this.

LEARN


SUPPORT

  • Sponsor Cirque Us, a New England-based circus education and entertainment company, by subscribing for $3-25/month on their Patreon page. Any tier of support gives you access to their online tutorial series, as well as other exclusive content. The September tutorial mini-series is ‘Do The Splits’ with Rena Dimes.

This Week — 21 August 2020

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The District Ringer has arrived as your source for DMV circus news. This month’s edition, The Covid Chronicles, delves into how local circus businesses are reopening amidst a worldwide health crisis. Part one of this series spotlights Emilia’s Acrobatics and Gymnastics in Laurel, Md. We caught up with general manager Yuri Kostovetskiy to find out what it was like to open a state-of-the-art facility — fulfilling his father’s 30-year dream — in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the story at this link, where we’ll post fresh content every Friday. Next week’s article looks at how touring circuses dealt with the influenza epidemic of 1918.


PARTICIPATE
August 21st-23rd
The National Capital Puppetry Festival includes puppet shows and slams, panel discussions, and workshops happening online throughout the weekend. The Friday evening show (8-9 p.m.) is hosted by Alex & Olmsted and features puppeteers from Maryland, New York and Mexico. Registration is $20-25 for the full weekend. Visit this link to sign up and see the full schedule.

August 28th-30th
CIMAC Valparaíso is an annual circus/juggling festival in Mexico, held entirely online this year and featuring workshops, talks and shows. While many of the events are in Spanish, the topics — clowning, dance, juggling — should translate to some degree. Visit the Facebook event pagefor the latest.


WATCH
August 21st
Battle Night, a tournament of head-to-head three-club juggling battles broadcast live on Zoom and YouTube, continues tonight with the Latino American League at 8:30 p.m. EDT, featuring jugglers from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and El Salvador. Eight jugglers enter. Only one can win! Don’t miss this electrifying event providing a global sampling of the hottest club juggling styles. Log onto the Zoom page at this link, or view the battle on the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube channel.


August 22nd
Aloft Circus Arts in Chicago presents Sanctuary — Live from Aloftat 9:30 p.m. EDT. This show boasts a stellar line-up of acrobats, aerialists, trampoline wizards and more. Visit the Facebook event page for information on how to purchase tickets, which will allow you to stream the performance for your entire household.


August 30th
Enjoy a live show on Zoom featuring four dancers and circus artists to delight and amaze you at Cocktail Cirquantine @Home. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT. There will be an artist talk-back following the 7:30 p.m. show. Guests are invited to dress up and turn on their cameras to join the fun! Tickets are pay-what-you-can at this link. You will receive the event link after you purchase your ticket.


LEARN
August 28th
Cirque Psych out of Colorado is offering a Mental Health First Aid for Circus workshop online from 3-5:30 p.m. EDT. This workshop gives you tools to support circus artists, from students to professionals, who may be struggling with trauma, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts or eating disorders, taught by licensed social worker Janelle Peters. Register at this link. Cost is on a sliding scale, starting at $35.


SUPPORT
Undefined Futbol is hosting the Freestyle Against Hunger Project. Freestyle soccer players should visit this link and fill out the form to donate at least $15 to World Central Kitchen, which has mobilized worldwide to address food insecurity in disaster areas. Then, upload your favorite, best, funniest freestyle video (10-30 seconds) to a public Instagram page with the hashtag #fsagainsthunger for a chance to win Undefined Futbol swag and to have your video featured on their social media pages.

Help Modern Vaudeville Press build the next generation of jugglers by supporting their efforts to make and distribute juggling ball sets (with printed instructions) to Little Free Libraries across the United States. Just $5 will cover the costs of making, packaging and shipping a set of balls to a community of soon-to-be jugglers. Visit this link to donate.

The Covid Chronicles: Reopening the Circus

Local Businesses Return to the Ring in the Covid Era

Note: This is part one of a four-part series highlighting the gradual reopening of DMV businesses.

At the outset of 2020, local businesses teaching circus skills to DMV residents had a lot to look forward to. Many schools had dedicated followings, well-established reputations, and programs in high demand.

Then the pandemic hit.

As the pre-Covid era and its sense of normalcy became a distant memory, businesses reckoned with how to adapt, respond and pivot in unprecedented circumstances.

With governmental restrictions now loosening, owners and operators of schools teaching acrobatics, trapeze, pole fitness and aerial arts spoke to the District Ringer about the process of reopening in a world fundamentally altered by Covid-19.

From the collective shutdown to the current state of affairs, representatives of these four companies specializing in recreational, artistic and competitive circus skills shared how the global pandemic has reframed their industry.

Our series starts in Laurel, Maryland.

“There’s nothing we can do. You can’t stress on something you can’t control.”

When you take a virtual tour of Emilia’s Acrobatics and Gymnastics in Laurel, it’s reasonable to accept that this expansive gym with beautiful equipment is home to some of the nation’s most elite acrobatic squads.

However, to imagine a business that draws the bulk of its revenue from youth gymnastics programs moving to such a posh facility in the middle of a global pandemic seems like too much of a stretch.

But for owner and acclaimed acrobatics coach Daniil Kostovetskiy, 73, this process has been a lifetime in the making.

After emigrating from Ukraine to the U.S. with his two children, Daniil opened Emilia’s in 1995, naming the gym after his late wife.

Today, Daniil’s son, Yuri Kostovetskiy, manages the gym while his father oversees the high-level acrobatics teams.

“I was born in the gym,” said Yuri, who was coached by his father to become an accomplished tumbler and acrobat in his youth. “I truly think I was created to run his (Daniil’s) legacy.”

While that may sound like a tall order, particularly in Covid times, Yuri said the shutdown was a blessing in disguise.

When Emilias’s former location closed in accordance with Maryland regulations on March 15th, some of his staff members were surprised by his optimism in what felt like a dire moment.

“There’s nothing we can do. You can’t stress on something you can’t control,” he told them.

During the hiatus, they were able to move all of the gym’s equipment — tumble tracks, mats, springboards and trampolines — into Emilia’s brand new, 19,000-square foot facility.

“I’m grateful for the shutdown because it allowed us to move everything peacefully. We took our time and we made sure that everything was set up and acceptable,” Yuri said. “So everything was set up, but we were still closed.”

“It was very hard for him to understand why, in America, he could not open up his own business.”

With no end to the shutdown in sight, Yuri was concerned about the mental health of kids who typically spent multiple hours in his gym every week. 

“We had a large following, and the hardest part about this is how it affected kids,” he said. 

With hundreds of families now unable to support his business, Yuri decided to offer them free lessons on Zoom, paying coaches out of his own pocket.

After five weeks of sponsoring his staff and students from home, he realized that he couldn’t sustain the free service any longer.

While the new gym received a stop on its mortgage, Yuri said they did not get any assistance from the Maryland government. 

Luckily, Emilia’s was able to resume in-person classes in the new space in mid-June, with strict safety protocols including masks, health questionnaires, temperature checks and physical distancing. 

Since reopening, Yuri said the biggest challenge has been assuring his clientele that his operation is safe.

“We closed down with 549 clients, and right now we’re at 140,” he said.

Lately, he’s been holding open houses — for former clients and new families alike — to ease their worries.

With air circulating through giant fans and four bay doors on each side of its facility and office staff frequently emailing parents about health and safety protocols, Yuri hopes that his father’s gym will slowly regain its footing.

“I definitely teared up a couple of times when I got to the gym, and my father is just walking in the dark, cleaning,” he said to describe the difficult process of waiting to reopen. “It was very hard for him to understand why, in America, he could not open up his own business.”

Yuri has also worked with his staff to develop EAGC Academy, which is currently open for enrollment. This day-long program, run by a full-time staff teacher, will open with the school year in September, providing a space for students to do distance learning while taking breaks for yoga and gymnastics throughout the day. Parents can even add electives in French, Spanish or Chinese to round out the experience for their kids.

“When we opened, the kids’ smiles when they ran in and saw the brand new gym, I mean you cannot express that feeling,” Yuri said, conveying his gratitude that Emilia’s could once again give the families in his community an outlet to maintain their physical, mental and emotional health. “I can’t even articulate the feeling that I saw on those faces.”

To learn more about Emilia’s Acrobatics and Gymnastics and sign up for their listserv, visit their website.

“It was like I was on the freeway, and I didn’t have an off ramp.”

Stay tuned for the next edition of The Covid Chronicles, profiling Pole Pressure DC owner Devon Williams.

This Week — 14 August 2020

Thanks to our Patreon supporters, we’re excited to introduce The District Ringer, your source for monthly DMV circus news. Our first series of articles will hit the virtual news stands next Friday (8/21). This month’s edition delves into how local circus businesses are reopening during a worldwide health crisis — and how touring circuses dealt with the influenza epidemic of 1918.

This content would not be possible without our amazing community. Your energy, feedback and financial support keep The Circus District abuzz. As we expand our content, remember to send us a telegram at circusdistrict@gmail.com so we know who and what to cover next.

PARTICIPATE
August 21st-23rd

  • The National Capital Puppetry Festival includes puppet shows and slams, panel discussions, and workshops happening online throughout the weekend. The Friday evening show (8-9 p.m.) is hosted by Alex & Olmsted and features puppeteers from Maryland, New York and Mexico. Registration is $20-25 for the full weekend. Visit this link to sign up and see the full schedule.

August 28th-30th

  • CIMAC Valparaíso is an annual circus/juggling festival in Mexico, held entirely online this year and featuring workshops, talks and shows. While many of the events are in Spanish, the topics — clowning, dance, juggling — should translate to some degree. Visit the Facebook event page for the latest.

WATCH
Sunday (8/16)

  • Headless Cabaret is an online circus show curated for the small screen, appearing every Sunday through the end of the summer at 1 p.m. EDT. This production is viewable on YouTube (where you can also watch their previous shows) and supports artists who have lost work during the global pandemic. Visit their Facebook page for more info about how to donate.

August 30th

  • Enjoy a live show on Zoom featuring four dancers and circus artists to delight and amaze you at Cocktail Cirquantine @Home. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT. There will be an artist talk-back following the 7:30 p.m. show. Guests are invited to dress up and turn on their cameras to join the fun! Tickets are pay-what-you-can at this link. You will receive the event link after you purchase your ticket.

LEARN
August 28th

  • Cirque Psych out of Colorado is offering a Mental Health First Aid for Circus workshop online from 3-5:30 p.m. EDT. This workshop gives you tools to support circus artists, from students to professionals, who may be struggling with trauma, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts or eating disorders, taught by licensed social worker Janelle Peters. Register at this link. Cost is on a sliding scale, starting at $35.

SUPPORT

  • Help Modern Vaudeville Press build the next generation of jugglers by supporting their efforts to make and distribute juggling ball sets (with printed instructions) to Little Free Libraries across the United States. Just $5 will cover the costs of making, packaging and shipping a set of balls to a community of soon-to-be jugglers. Visit this link to donate.

How to Cirque From Home

Quarantine content to keep you energized, entertained and engaged.

STREAMING

  • CircusTalk posted their latest panel in the Wake Up Call for Inclusion series, viewable at this link, moderated by ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson and featuring panelists with backgrounds in circus production, social circus, theater arts and university arts education to discuss overcoming barriers to substantive institutional change for racial equity in the circus world.
  • The 7 Fingers recently released their show Cuisine & Confessions for online viewing at this link. Centering on shared experiences of cooking and eating with friends and family, this show appeals to audiences’ taste buds to convey emotional memories and powerful stories. This month, 10% of donations to Foundation The 7 Fingers will go to support Circus Harmony in St. Louis.
  • Atomic Doll and Shocked & Amazed present the Stay In-Sideshow, originally aired on June 5th but now available to view on Vimeo. This show combines campy sideshow with feats of daring, juggling, and blissful ignorance, all emceed by the charismatic commentary of Cinema Insomnia’s Mr. Lobo.
  • The latest episode of MOVE IT! is available on Vimeo at this link. In this edition, Mark Lonergan interviews Chris Lashua, founder and artistic director of Cirque Mechanics, as they explore video highlights from three of the company’s shows (Birdhouse, Boom Town and Pedal Punk).
  • The National Centre for Circus Arts of London is currently streaming their 2015 show Polymer. Watch the show at this link. This production includes graduates of the school and is directed by Lina Johansson, co-founder of the female acrobatic theater troupe Mimbre.
  • La Symphonie du Hanneton — Charlie Chaplin’s grandson James Thiérrée directs and stars in this masterpiece of slapstick humor, acrobatic artistry and inventive visuals. This show will captivate young and old from beginning to end, with acts of juggling, trapeze and contortion throughout the production.
  • Cirque du Soleil has been releasing regular videos for your at-home entertainment. A recent video profiled their shows Totem, Corteo and Volta, viewable at this link.
  • Don’t sleep on the latest episode of The New Circus, which takes you into the world of Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University. This YouTube series, directed and created by Samantha Gurnick, shines a light on the contemporary circus scene in the U.S. and beyond. Visit this link to see it now.
  • You can now stream D.C.-based Pointless Theatre Company’s Rite of Spring, featuring dance, puppetry and mask set to Stravinsky’s iconic score to tell the story of a desperate future wrought by ecological collapse. Follow this link to watch this riveting production, and donate to Pointless Theatre Co. here.
  • Swedish contemporary circus company Cirkus Cirkӧr has released their show Wear it like a crown to watch on Vimeo at this link. This show had its debut in 2010, completing a trilogy of circus shows about the body, this one focused on the complex relationship between the left and right cerebral hemispheres. The production’s six-person ensemble explores this theme through knife-throwing, juggling, shadowplay, illusions, acrobatics and drama.
  • Smashed, a Gandini Juggling production recently made available to view anytime on Vimeo at this link, pays homage to choreographer Pina Bausch with nine jugglers, 100 red apples and a soundtrack of popular music ranging from Bach to country icon Tammy Wynette. They’ve also released their production of Twenty Twenty, for your online viewing pleasure at this link. After you watch the shows, throw them some dollars (or pounds) to show your appreciation at their fundraising page to support their juggling artists. And follow Gandini Juggling on Facebook to see their next release.
  • The Kennedy Center’s Digital Stage features continuously updated content from their rich performance archive. Recent updates include a magic trick by illusionist Kevin James and a hilariously impressive rendition of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by a French percussion quartet.

LEARN

  • Local artist and antipodist Anne Weshinskey is offering a video tutorial series for anyone interested in making spinning carpets (for foot or hand manipulation), with more details at this link.
  • Make a Puppet— Local physical theater and puppetry duo Alex & Olmsted teach you how to build and animate a charismatic puppet out of ordinary household items.
  • In the Dark Circus Arts is hosting weekly Zoom classes in hooping, flexibility, dance and conditioning, with schedules announced on their Facebook page
  • Emilia’s Acrobatics and Gymnastics is offering Zoom classes for kids and adults in flexibility, conditioning, handstands and yoga. Follow them on Facebook for the latest schedule updates and meeting links.
  • Monarca in Flight is now offering online classes in flexibility, conditioning and yoga. See the class schedule and sign up on their website.
  • Get expert instruction in handstands, flexibility, contortion and conditioning with Shelly Flex Athletics. Shelly Guy offers virtual coaching from her studio in Gaithersburg, Md., with pro tips from years of experience teaching and performing handstands, contortion and aerial arts. Get started by messaging her on Facebook or visiting https://shellyflex.com/coaching.
  • The Muse in Brooklyn is offering donation-based online classes at this link. From juggling to acro to handstands to games to theater, their wide selection of accessible classes will keep all ages of your household engaged and entertained during quarantine.
  • Pole Pressure DC is offering virtual classes in deep stretch and flexibility, pole conditioning, chair choreography and more. Visit their website to explore membership options that will give you access to these classes, which allow you to participate from home with minimal or no equipment.
  • The New England Center for Circus Arts is offering virtual classes in stretching, conditioning, juggling and more. See their calendar of available classes and register at this link.
  • The Circus World museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, is posting regular updates on its Facebook and Instagram feeds offering virtual tours of its incredible collection of circus memorabilia, musical instruments and archival literature. Also, get a free print-at-home coloring book (for kids of all ages!) from their website.
  • CircusTalk provides a centralized circus resource including news, education, jobs and events. Some parts of the site are free of charge, but others require a CircusTalk Pro membership.

LISTEN

  • The Hideaway Circus podcast recently released their latest episode, which profiles the broad community reach of Midnight Circus in the Parks (Chicago) and the Sellam Circus School (Maine). This edition also includes a conversation with Jay Gilligan, whose juggling — through creation, instruction and performance — has opened many doors in the contemporary circus scene.
  • see u down the road, presented by Circus Voices through CircusTalk, is available on all podcasting platforms. This short-form series chronicles the fascinating stories of professional circus artists in an engaging and fresh manner. Visit this link for the latest episode.
  • Listen to the first episode of Monkey See, Monkey Discuss, a Circus Voices podcast, at this link. This show follows juggling convention organizer Rosie Kelly and recent Circomedia graduate Ruby Burgess as they discuss the state of the circus industry in times of COVID-19. They will address issues of mental health in the circus community, as well as how circus schools and organizations are making the adjustment to online and non-traditional spaces.
  • The Props to That! Podcast is available on Spotify (and iTunes Canada). This series interviews object manipulation experts and contemporary circus artists about their craft, covering topics like street performing, clowning, prop making, circus careers and the creative process.
  • The Artist Athlete interview series (available on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and other major podcasting platforms) follows aerialist Shannon McKenna as she chats with industry professionals, from circus therapists to Cirque du Soleil acrobats, about their lives backstage, safe training practices and other lessons from lives in circus.

SUPPORT

  • Make a donation to Stav Meishar’s crowd-funded project to publish her book The Lorchs: The Rise and Fall of a Jewish Circus Dynasty. For a pledge of £30 (about $37), you will receive a spectacular necklace or brooch in the shape of a circus tent — scroll down the Kickstarter page for photos. This book chronicles the Lorch family circus, which attained international acclaim in the early 1900s. While many of the troupe’s members avoided Nazi capture during the Holocaust, their circus never returned to the performing circuit. Support the legacy of this incredible family with a donation to the book, slated for release in August 2021.
  • This global pandemic has left no member of the circus community unscathed. From lost gigs to cancelled contracts to jobs put on hold, this event will leave its mark on our worldwide community. Think about the teachers, performers and producers in your community who continue to bring light and joy to the world through their art in these difficult times. If you’re in the DMV, here are a few creators and venues worth checking out for their inventive content and worthwhile fundraising campaigns. We will keep updating this list, so check back often! Happenstance Theater, Mobtown Ballroom, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Anacostia Arts Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium.

This Week — 7 August 2020

There’s still a lot of summer left to celebrate in The Circus District. Mark your calendars, whether they’re on the wall or on your phone, for these upcoming events featuring spectacular circus talent.

WATCH

Sunday (8/9)

  • Headless Cabaret is an online circus show curated for the small screen, appearing every Sunday through the end of the summer at 1 p.m. EDT. This production is viewable on YouTube (where you can also watch their previous shows) and supports artists who have lost work during the global pandemic. Visit donorbox.org/headless4 to support this edition, and RSVP at bit.ly/headless4.

August 30th

  • Enjoy a live show on Zoom featuring four dancers and circus artists to delight and amaze you at Cocktail Cirquantine @Home. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT. There will be an artist talk-back following the 7:30 p.m. show. Guests are invited to dress up and turn on their cameras to join the fun! Tickets are pay-what-you-can at this link. You will receive the event link after you purchase your ticket.

LEARN

August 28th-30th

  • CIMAC Valparaíso is an annual circus/juggling festival in Mexico, held entirely online this year and featuring workshops, talks and shows. While many of the events are in Spanish, the topics — clowning, dance, juggling — should translate to some degree. Visit the Facebook event page for the latest.

SUPPORT

The Circus District is now on Patreon! Choose a monthly membership option to bring the DMV’s online circus to life with articles, panel discussions, an updated jobs/gigs page, and more targeted support for students, professionals and enthusiasts alike.

How to Cirque From Home

Quarantine content to keep you energized, entertained and engaged.

STREAMING

  • CircusTalk posted their latest panel in the Wake Up Call for Inclusion series, viewable at this link, moderated by ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson and featuring panelists with backgrounds in circus production, social circus, theater arts and university arts education to discuss overcoming barriers to substantive institutional change for racial equity in the circus world.
  • The 7 Fingers recently released their show Cuisine & Confessions for online viewing at this link. Centering on shared experiences of cooking and eating with friends and family, this show appeals to audiences’ taste buds to convey emotional memories and powerful stories. This month, 10% of donations to Foundation The 7 Fingers will go to support Circus Harmony in St. Louis.
  • Atomic Doll and Shocked & Amazed present the Stay In-Sideshow, originally aired on June 5th but now available to view on Vimeo. This show combines campy sideshow with feats of daring, juggling, and blissful ignorance, all emceed by the charismatic commentary of Cinema Insomnia’s Mr. Lobo.
  • The latest episode of MOVE IT! is available on Vimeo at this link. In this edition, Mark Lonergan interviews Chris Lashua, founder and artistic director of Cirque Mechanics, as they explore video highlights from three of the company’s shows (Birdhouse, Boom Town and Pedal Punk).
  • The National Centre for Circus Arts of London is currently streaming their 2015 show Polymer. Watch the show at this link. This production includes graduates of the school and is directed by Lina Johansson, co-founder of the female acrobatic theater troupe Mimbre.
  • La Symphonie du Hanneton — Charlie Chaplin’s grandson James Thiérrée directs and stars in this masterpiece of slapstick humor, acrobatic artistry and inventive visuals. This show will captivate young and old from beginning to end, with acts of juggling, trapeze and contortion throughout the production.
  • Cirque du Soleil has been releasing regular videos for your at-home entertainment. A recent video profiled their shows Totem, Corteo and Volta, viewable at this link.
  • Don’t sleep on the latest episode of The New Circus, which takes you into the world of Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University. This YouTube series, directed and created by Samantha Gurnick, shines a light on the contemporary circus scene in the U.S. and beyond. Visit this link to see it now.
  • You can now stream D.C.-based Pointless Theatre Company’s Rite of Spring, featuring dance, puppetry and mask set to Stravinsky’s iconic score to tell the story of a desperate future wrought by ecological collapse. Follow this link to watch this riveting production, and donate to Pointless Theatre Co. here.
  • Swedish contemporary circus company Cirkus Cirkӧr has released their show Wear it like a crown to watch on Vimeo at this link. This show had its debut in 2010, completing a trilogy of circus shows about the body, this one focused on the complex relationship between the left and right cerebral hemispheres. The production’s six-person ensemble explores this theme through knife-throwing, juggling, shadowplay, illusions, acrobatics and drama.
  • Smashed, a Gandini Juggling production recently made available to view anytime on Vimeo at this link, pays homage to choreographer Pina Bausch with nine jugglers, 100 red apples and a soundtrack of popular music ranging from Bach to country icon Tammy Wynette. They’ve also released their production of Twenty Twenty, for your online viewing pleasure at this link. After you watch the shows, throw them some dollars (or pounds) to show your appreciation at their fundraising page to support their juggling artists. And follow Gandini Juggling on Facebook to see their next release.
  • The Kennedy Center’s Digital Stage features continuously updated content from their rich performance archive. Recent updates include a magic trick by illusionist Kevin James and a hilariously impressive rendition of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by a French percussion quartet.

LEARN

  • Local artist and antipodist Anne Weshinskey is offering a video tutorial series for anyone interested in making spinning carpets (for foot or hand manipulation), with more details at this link.
  • Make a Puppet— Local physical theater and puppetry duo Alex & Olmsted teach you how to build and animate a charismatic puppet out of ordinary household items.
  • In the Dark Circus Arts is hosting weekly Zoom classes in hooping, flexibility, dance and conditioning, with schedules announced on their Facebook page
  • Emilia’s Acrobatics and Gymnastics is offering Zoom classes for kids and adults in flexibility, conditioning, handstands and yoga. Follow them on Facebook for the latest schedule updates and meeting links.
  • Monarca in Flight is now offering online classes in flexibility, conditioning and yoga. See the class schedule and sign up on their website.
  • Get expert instruction in handstands, flexibility, contortion and conditioning with Shelly Flex Athletics. Shelly Guy offers virtual coaching from her studio in Gaithersburg, Md., with pro tips from years of experience teaching and performing handstands, contortion and aerial arts. Get started by messaging her on Facebook or visiting https://shellyflex.com/coaching.
  • The Muse in Brooklyn is offering donation-based online classes at this link. From juggling to acro to handstands to games to theater, their wide selection of accessible classes will keep all ages of your household engaged and entertained during quarantine.
  • Pole Pressure DC is offering virtual classes in deep stretch and flexibility, pole conditioning, chair choreography and more. Visit their website to explore membership options that will give you access to these classes, which allow you to participate from home with minimal or no equipment.
  • The New England Center for Circus Arts is offering virtual classes in stretching, conditioning, juggling and more. See their calendar of available classes and register at this link.
  • The Circus World museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, is posting regular updates on its Facebook and Instagram feeds offering virtual tours of its incredible collection of circus memorabilia, musical instruments and archival literature. Also, get a free print-at-home coloring book (for kids of all ages!) from their website.
  • CircusTalk provides a centralized circus resource including news, education, jobs and events. Some parts of the site are free of charge, but others require a CircusTalk Pro membership.

LISTEN

  • The Hideaway Circus podcast recently released their latest episode, which profiles the broad community reach of Midnight Circus in the Parks (Chicago) and the Sellam Circus School (Maine). This edition also includes a conversation with Jay Gilligan, whose juggling — through creation, instruction and performance — has opened many doors in the contemporary circus scene.
  • see u down the road, presented by Circus Voices through CircusTalk, is available on all podcasting platforms. This short-form series chronicles the fascinating stories of professional circus artists in an engaging and fresh manner. Visit this link for the latest episode.
  • Listen to the first episode of Monkey See, Monkey Discuss, a Circus Voices podcast, at this link. This show follows juggling convention organizer Rosie Kelly and recent Circomedia graduate Ruby Burgess as they discuss the state of the circus industry in times of COVID-19. They will address issues of mental health in the circus community, as well as how circus schools and organizations are making the adjustment to online and non-traditional spaces.
  • The Props to That! Podcast is available on Spotify (and iTunes Canada). This series interviews object manipulation experts and contemporary circus artists about their craft, covering topics like street performing, clowning, prop making, circus careers and the creative process.
  • The Artist Athlete interview series (available on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and other major podcasting platforms) follows aerialist Shannon McKenna as she chats with industry professionals, from circus therapists to Cirque du Soleil acrobats, about their lives backstage, safe training practices and other lessons from lives in circus.

SUPPORT

  • Make a donation to Stav Meishar’s crowd-funded project to publish her book The Lorchs: The Rise and Fall of a Jewish Circus Dynasty. For a pledge of £30 (about $37), you will receive a spectacular necklace or brooch in the shape of a circus tent — scroll down the Kickstarter page for photos. This book chronicles the Lorch family circus, which attained international acclaim in the early 1900s. While many of the troupe’s members avoided Nazi capture during the Holocaust, their circus never returned to the performing circuit. Support the legacy of this incredible family with a donation to the book, slated for release in August 2021.
  • This global pandemic has left no member of the circus community unscathed. From lost gigs to cancelled contracts to jobs put on hold, this event will leave its mark on our worldwide community. Think about the teachers, performers and producers in your community who continue to bring light and joy to the world through their art in these difficult times. If you’re in the DMV, here are a few creators and venues worth checking out for their inventive content and worthwhile fundraising campaigns. We will keep updating this list, so check back often! Happenstance Theater, Mobtown Ballroom, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Anacostia Arts Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium.

This Week — 24 July 2020

WATCH

  • Enjoy a virtual Puppet Slam hosted by Rhizome DC tonight (7/24) at 7:30 p.m. Acts include Alex & Olmsted’s premiere of Umwelt, a crankie puppet film, and a performance of Migraciones, a short film adaptation of a Jim Henson Foundation-awarded live performance by Paradox Teatro. Buy suggested donation tickets at this link and view the show on the Rhizome DC Facebook page.
  • Did you miss any of the IJA Online Festival last week? Fear not, much of the festival’s content is still online for public viewing, including the magnificent IRC Show featuring a global cast, the practice methodologies panel and history show, and the never-dull juggling ‘battle night.’ If you enjoy this content, throw some dough at the IJA so they can continue to astound and educate in the coming year.
  • The Summer Streets Festival in the UK has celebrated the online version of their event by releasing works by several artists on their YouTube channel, including the acrobatic and poetic Out the Window by Nikki Rummer and three films by Gandini Juggling.
  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition continues on Monday (7/27) at 7:30 p.m. See it on Facebook or YouTube, and donate to Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at this link. This will be their last show before they take a well-deserved break in August!

LEARN

  • In a thought-provoking video, Eric McGill, a graduate of the National Circus School in Montreal, talks about the common romantic tropes of duo acrobatic acts featuring a man and a woman. He turns our common assumptions upside-down, backwards and sideways to reveal How to Make the Circus More Gay in this compilation of interviews and act footage.
  • The Creative Alliance hosts their Creative Allies panel discussion series next Friday (7/31) from 5-6 p.m. on Facebook live, with a focus on artists leveraging their creativity to create change in their communities. Tune in to their Facebook page for the discussion.
  • Connecting Circus Students Around the World (CSAW) recently started a crowdfunding campaign to provide micro-grants to U.S. circus artists of color. These grants will be distributed through an application process, with the money addressing artists’ immediate needs in education, training and show development. Donate at this link.

How to Cirque From Home

Quarantine content to keep you energized, entertained and engaged.

STREAMING

  • CircusTalk posted their latest panel in the Wake Up Call for Inclusion series, viewable at this link, moderated by ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson and featuring panelists with backgrounds in circus production, social circus, theater arts and university arts education to discuss overcoming barriers to substantive institutional change for racial equity in the circus world.
  • The 7 Fingers recently released their show Cuisine & Confessions for online viewing at this link. Centering on shared experiences of cooking and eating with friends and family, this show appeals to audiences’ taste buds to convey emotional memories and powerful stories. This month, 10% of donations to Foundation The 7 Fingers will go to support Circus Harmony in St. Louis.
  • Atomic Doll and Shocked & Amazed present the Stay In-Sideshow, originally aired on June 5th but now available to view on Vimeo. This show combines campy sideshow with feats of daring, juggling, and blissful ignorance, all emceed by the charismatic commentary of Cinema Insomnia’s Mr. Lobo.
  • The latest episode of MOVE IT! is available on Vimeo at this link. In this edition, Mark Lonergan interviews Chris Lashua, founder and artistic director of Cirque Mechanics, as they explore video highlights from three of the company’s shows (Birdhouse, Boom Town and Pedal Punk).
  • The National Centre for Circus Arts of London is currently streaming their 2015 show Polymer. Watch the show at this link. This production includes graduates of the school and is directed by Lina Johansson, co-founder of the female acrobatic theater troupe Mimbre.
  • La Symphonie du Hanneton — Charlie Chaplin’s grandson James Thiérrée directs and stars in this masterpiece of slapstick humor, acrobatic artistry and inventive visuals. This show will captivate young and old from beginning to end, with acts of juggling, trapeze and contortion throughout the production.
  • Cirque du Soleil has been releasing regular videos for your at-home entertainment. A recent video profiled their shows Totem, Corteo and Volta, viewable at this link.
  • Don’t sleep on the latest episode of The New Circus, which takes you into the world of Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University. This YouTube series, directed and created by Samantha Gurnick, shines a light on the contemporary circus scene in the U.S. and beyond. Visit this link to see it now.
  • You can now stream D.C.-based Pointless Theatre Company’s Rite of Spring, featuring dance, puppetry and mask set to Stravinsky’s iconic score to tell the story of a desperate future wrought by ecological collapse. Follow this link to watch this riveting production, and donate to Pointless Theatre Co. here.
  • Swedish contemporary circus company Cirkus Cirkӧr has released their show Wear it like a crown to watch on Vimeo at this link. This show had its debut in 2010, completing a trilogy of circus shows about the body, this one focused on the complex relationship between the left and right cerebral hemispheres. The production’s six-person ensemble explores this theme through knife-throwing, juggling, shadowplay, illusions, acrobatics and drama.
  • Smashed, a Gandini Juggling production recently made available to view anytime on Vimeo at this link, pays homage to choreographer Pina Bausch with nine jugglers, 100 red apples and a soundtrack of popular music ranging from Bach to country icon Tammy Wynette. They’ve also released their production of Twenty Twenty, for your online viewing pleasure at this link. After you watch the shows, throw them some dollars (or pounds) to show your appreciation at their fundraising page to support their juggling artists. And follow Gandini Juggling on Facebook to see their next release.
  • The Kennedy Center’s Digital Stage features continuously updated content from their rich performance archive. Recent updates include a magic trick by illusionist Kevin James and a hilariously impressive rendition of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by a French percussion quartet.

LEARN

  • Local artist and antipodist Anne Weshinskey is offering a video tutorial series for anyone interested in making spinning carpets (for foot or hand manipulation), with more details at this link.
  • Make a Puppet— Local physical theater and puppetry duo Alex & Olmsted teach you how to build and animate a charismatic puppet out of ordinary household items.
  • In the Dark Circus Arts is hosting weekly Zoom classes in hooping, flexibility, dance and conditioning, with schedules announced on their Facebook page
  • Emilia’s Acrobatics and Gymnastics is offering Zoom classes for kids and adults in flexibility, conditioning, handstands and yoga. Follow them on Facebook for the latest schedule updates and meeting links.
  • Monarca in Flight is now offering online classes in flexibility, conditioning and yoga. See the class schedule and sign up on their website.
  • Get expert instruction in handstands, flexibility, contortion and conditioning with Shelly Flex Athletics. Shelly Guy offers virtual coaching from her studio in Gaithersburg, Md., with pro tips from years of experience teaching and performing handstands, contortion and aerial arts. Get started by messaging her on Facebook or visiting https://shellyflex.com/coaching.
  • The Muse in Brooklyn is offering donation-based online classes at this link. From juggling to acro to handstands to games to theater, their wide selection of accessible classes will keep all ages of your household engaged and entertained during quarantine.
  • Pole Pressure DC is offering virtual classes in deep stretch and flexibility, pole conditioning, chair choreography and more. Visit their website to explore membership options that will give you access to these classes, which allow you to participate from home with minimal or no equipment.
  • The New England Center for Circus Arts is offering virtual classes in stretching, conditioning, juggling and more. See their calendar of available classes and register at this link.
  • The Circus World museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, is posting regular updates on its Facebook and Instagram feeds offering virtual tours of its incredible collection of circus memorabilia, musical instruments and archival literature. Also, get a free print-at-home coloring book (for kids of all ages!) from their website.
  • CircusTalk provides a centralized circus resource including news, education, jobs and events. Some parts of the site are free of charge, but others require a CircusTalk Pro membership.

LISTEN

  • The Hideaway Circus podcast recently released their latest episode, which profiles the broad community reach of Midnight Circus in the Parks (Chicago) and the Sellam Circus School (Maine). This edition also includes a conversation with Jay Gilligan, whose juggling — through creation, instruction and performance — has opened many doors in the contemporary circus scene.
  • see u down the road, presented by Circus Voices through CircusTalk, is available on all podcasting platforms. This short-form series chronicles the fascinating stories of professional circus artists in an engaging and fresh manner. Visit this link for the latest episode.
  • Listen to the first episode of Monkey See, Monkey Discuss, a Circus Voices podcast, at this link. This show follows juggling convention organizer Rosie Kelly and recent Circomedia graduate Ruby Burgess as they discuss the state of the circus industry in times of COVID-19. They will address issues of mental health in the circus community, as well as how circus schools and organizations are making the adjustment to online and non-traditional spaces.
  • The Props to That! Podcast is available on Spotify (and iTunes Canada). This series interviews object manipulation experts and contemporary circus artists about their craft, covering topics like street performing, clowning, prop making, circus careers and the creative process.
  • The Artist Athlete interview series (available on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and other major podcasting platforms) follows aerialist Shannon McKenna as she chats with industry professionals, from circus therapists to Cirque du Soleil acrobats, about their lives backstage, safe training practices and other lessons from lives in circus.

SUPPORT

  • Make a donation to Stav Meishar’s crowd-funded project to publish her book The Lorchs: The Rise and Fall of a Jewish Circus Dynasty. For a pledge of £30 (about $37), you will receive a spectacular necklace or brooch in the shape of a circus tent — scroll down the Kickstarter page for photos. This book chronicles the Lorch family circus, which attained international acclaim in the early 1900s. While many of the troupe’s members avoided Nazi capture during the Holocaust, their circus never returned to the performing circuit. Support the legacy of this incredible family with a donation to the book, slated for release in August 2021.
  • This global pandemic has left no member of the circus community unscathed. From lost gigs to cancelled contracts to jobs put on hold, this event will leave its mark on our worldwide community. Think about the teachers, performers and producers in your community who continue to bring light and joy to the world through their art in these difficult times. If you’re in the DMV, here are a few creators and venues worth checking out for their inventive content and worthwhile fundraising campaigns. We will keep updating this list, so check back often! Happenstance Theater, Mobtown Ballroom, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Anacostia Arts Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium.