This Week — 6 May 2022

I just have one thing to say: Fear the Juggle! (I mean… Turtle). #GOTERPS


FESTIVALS

May 6-8

  • The Congress of Jugglers is BACK! We are so happy to have this three-day juggling festival at the University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum back in our lives. Visit UMD Friday 5 pm to Midnight, Saturday 11 am to Midnight, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 pm. There will be workshops for all skill levels, juggling games, a juggling raffle and a big show at 8 p.m. Saturday, plus fire juggling outside the gym on Friday and Saturday. Visit this link for more information and to RSVP.

July 11-17


SHOWS

***Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.

May 6-8

July 29 – September 25


WATCH

  • Alexandria, aka thepolecomplex on Instagram, is doing regular vlogs about the pole community, answering questions like ‘Do I have to wear heels?’ and ‘What’s the best way to train for pole dance?’ Follow her at this link for entertaining, impressive and informative content about this magnificent art form.

SUPPORT


GATHERINGS

May 11 & 13

May 12

  • 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.

This Week — 18 March 2022

As the weather warms and we reimagine what’s (once again) possible in the realm of human interaction, take a look at the delightful list of upcoming shows and festivals to reinvigorate your love of circus!


SHOWS

***Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.

March 18 – April 9

  • Enjoy immersive burlesque entertainment at Airotic, a show featuring a global cast. Their beautiful aerial acts will astound and amaze you at Hook Hall in Columbia Heights, with shows at 10 p.m. Friday/Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Grab tickets at this link.

April 3

April 8

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 (just change the dropdown menu from Toronto to DC).

Ongoing


FESTIVALS

March 14 – April 16

July 11-17


SUPPORT


GATHERINGS

March 23

  • 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. 

March 30 & April 1


EDUCATION

March 26


Photo by RV1864 © 2015. https://flic.kr/p/AD1CjV https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

This Week — 4 March 2022

If you need any more evidence that burlesque is a diverse and expansive art form, the DMV has this case covered — or uncovered as it may be.


BURLESQUE SHOWS

***Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.

March 4-6

  • Enjoy immersive burlesque entertainment at Airotic, a show featuring an incredible cast of performers from Italy, Portugal, Ukraine, France, Spain, Chile, Argentina and the U.S. Their beautiful aerial acts will astound and amaze you at Hook Hall in Columbia Heights, with shows at 10 p.m. Friday/Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Grab tickets at this link. The creators of this show have also founded XY Foundation, which helps LGBTQIA+ people in countries with repressive practices.

March 9

March 10

March 17


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

March 18

April 3

July 29 – September 25


SUPPORT


EDUCATION

March 26


FESTIVALS

July 11-17


FILM

March 14 – April 16


APPLICATIONS


GATHERINGS

March 9 & 11

March 10

  • 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. 

Photo by Jame H. © 2017 https://flic.kr/p/SjKkss https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

This Week — 25 February 2022

This weekend is rife with amazing live shows to check out in Baltimore and Tysons. Round up your favorite circus people and hit the big top!


LIVE SHOWS

***Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.

February 25-27

  • The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will provide the riveting live soundtrack to Troupe Vertigo‘s latest creation, España and Beyond! See fabulous feats of acrobatics and aerial artistry in this beautiful production, set to Shchedrin’s re-imagining of Bizet’s Carmen. Show times are 8 p.m. (2/25 & 2/26) and 3 p.m. (2/27). You can also watch a virtual livestream of the Saturday show. Get tickets here.
  • Witness a triumphant reimagining of the mythological tale of Eurydice at Songs From the UnderWorld, created by Baltimore artist ellen cherry. This show opens with a Jim Henson Foundation-sponsored work of puppetry by Anna Fitzgerald, and follows with multimedia storytelling inspired by ellen cherry’s recovery from a car wreck a few years ago. Show times are 8 p.m. (2/25 & 2/26) and 3 p.m. (2/27). Get tickets at this link.

February 26

March 10

April 3 – second show added!


FILM

March 14 – April 16


APPLICATIONS

  • Dance Place currently has an open call for local artists identifying within the vast spectrum of ‘disabled.’ This program will consider applicants for a paid one-week residency, providing 40 hours of rehearsal time, a $4k honorarium and a $1k accessibility stipend. The residency runs from June 19-24. Visit this link for more information.
  • Circus artists who identify as persons of color living in the U.S. can now apply for CSAW‘s April $1,000 microgrant. The deadline is March 15. Find more information at this link.
  • If you’re interested in applying to a circus school in the U.S. or abroad, check out CSAW’s application mastersheet, with a comprehensive list of deadlines and school ambassadors, who are available to answer your questions and guide you through the selection process. Whether you’re currently applying to schools or considering applying in a year or two, this list is an invaluable resource.

GATHERINGS

February 25 & March 2

March 3

  • 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. 

Photo by Christian Kloc © 2011.

This Week — 18 February 2022

Whether you’re ready for a night on the town or an evening at home with a cup of tea, the Circus District has offerings to keep you entertained, informed and engaged.


SUPPORT

February 19


LIVE SHOWS

***Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.

February 25-27

  • Witness a triumphant reimagining of the mythological tale of Eurydice at Songs From the UnderWorld, created by Baltimore artist ellen cherry. This show opens with a Jim Henson Foundation-sponsored work of puppetry by Anna Fitzgerald, and follows with multimedia storytelling inspired by ellen cherry’s recovery from a car wreck a few years ago. Show times are 8 p.m. (2/25 & 2/26) and 3 p.m. (2/27). Get tickets at this link.

February 26

April 3 – second show added!


NEWS

  • Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) is putting great ideas into action. Artists in New York can apply for a guaranteed $1,000 income per month for 18 months, with 2,400 spots available in the program. CRNY Is also setting up an Artist Employment Program, which partners with various organizations to provide solid employment to artists ($65k per year + benefits!), allowing creatives to fully devote themselves to their craft.
  • This program stems from the not-so-revolutionary idea that if you provide for the most basic needs of individuals, they can prioritize acquiring gigs, creating valuable work, educating themselves, and building generational wealth. It’s important to think about the power of a guaranteed income when we evaluate the institutional support for artists in our region. While grant programs and residencies enable some growth in the creative sector, guaranteed income can remove many barriers to entry/continuance for artists to survive and thrive in our communities.

GATHERINGS – VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON

February 18 & 23

February 23

  • The District Rope Group will hold a Virtual Rope Jam via Zoom from 8-10 p.m. This is a great place to share your skills, ask questions, and suggest topics for discussion/education. You are welcome to join this gathering however you feel comfortable (camera/audio on or off), but recording of any kind is not permitted. RSVP by joining the group and responding to the Facebook event page.

February 24

  • 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. 

EDUCATION

March 13


APPLICATIONS

  • Circus artists who identify as persons of color living in the U.S. can now apply for CSAW‘s April $1,000 microgrant. The deadline is March 15. Find more information at this link.
  • If you’re interested in applying to a circus school in the U.S. or abroad, check out CSAW’s application mastersheet, with a comprehensive list of deadlines and school ambassadors, who are available to answer your questions and guide you through the selection process. Whether you’re currently applying to schools or considering applying in a year or two, this list is an invaluable resource.

NYC HAPPENINGS

Through February 19

  • Delve into 4,000 years of juggling history through the innovative and playful mind of Jay Gilligan in his show REFLEX, presented by Hideaway Circus. This intimate show uses unique props, inventions and robots to reveal a mesmerizing world of object manipulation. Appearing at Theater Mitu580, with tickets at this link.

Through March 6

  • We are over the moon to report that Happenstance Theater is debuting their show BAROCOCO at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan. This production transports you to the late Baroque era and its lavishly adorned characters whose lifestyles are on the brink of extinction, told through exquisite physical comedy and seamless ensemble work. Get tickets at this link.

Photo by DirkJan Ranzijn © 2010 https://flic.kr/p/anfc7e https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

This Week — 11 February 2022

We’re excited to be plotting our course for the new year. 2022 brings familiar challenges, but we also hope it brings you some inspiration to try something new and engage with the vibrant artists and communities that make the DMV a beautiful and enriching place to live. As usual, keep us informed by emailing circusdistrict@gmail.com with your local circus intel! And keep the content flowing by sponsoring us on Patreon.


LIVE SHOWS

***Be sure to check out each venue’s Covid safety regulations prior to attending in-person events.

February 12

  • The Library Tavern will host The Adult Section: A Burlesque and Variety Dinner Show, with a dinner of Persian dishes at 6 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. show. Excellent for a date night or a friends’ excursion, the line-up includes ‘Token Block Guy’ Saymo Saymo, burlesque superstar Ginger Jameson, ex-Ringling clown Jim Dandy and the endlessly charming Delilah Dentata. Get tickets at this link.

February 25-27

  • Witness a triumphant reimagining of the mythological tale of Eurydice at Songs From the UnderWorld, created by Baltimore artist ellen cherry. This show opens with a Jim Henson Foundation-sponsored work of puppetry by Anna Fitzgerald, and follows with multimedia storytelling inspired by ellen cherry’s recovery from a car wreck a few years ago. Show times are 8 p.m. (2/25 & 2/26) and 3 p.m. (2/27). Get tickets at this link.

February 26

April 3


FILM

  • Hiko in Tonga has been listed as a ‘Best of the Fest’ pick for the Golden Gate International Film Festival this year. This film by Paprika Leaverton chronicles the vanishing culture of Polynesian women jugglers in the Kingdom of Tonga. Visit this link and click on ‘Buy Tickets’ at the top of the page to receive a barcode to screen the film. The virtual screening is available through February 14, and a portion of tickets sales will go toward Tongan tsunami relief.

APPLICATIONS

  • Circus artists who identify as persons of color living in the U.S. can now apply for CSAW‘s March $1,000 microgrant. The deadline is Feb. 15. Find more information at this link.

GATHERINGS – VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON

February 11 & 16

February 17

  • 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. 

February 23

  • The District Rope Group will hold a Virtual Rope Jam via Zoom from 8-10 p.m. This is a great place to share your skills, ask questions, and suggest topics for discussion/education. You are welcome to join this gathering however you feel comfortable (camera/audio on or off), but recording of any kind is not permitted. RSVP by joining the group and responding to the Facebook event page.

EDUCATION


NYC HAPPENINGS

Take a road trip (or snag an Amtrak ticket) to visit our ‘upstairs neighbor’ and enjoy these excellent shows!

Through February 19

  • Delve into 4,000 years of juggling history through the innovative and playful mind of Jay Gilligan in his show REFLEX, presented by Hideaway Circus. This intimate show uses unique props, inventions and robots to reveal a mesmerizing world of object manipulation. Appearing at Theater Mitu580, with tickets at this link.

Through March 6

  • We are over the moon to report that Happenstance Theater is debuting their show BAROCOCO at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan. This production transports you to the late Baroque era and its lavishly adorned characters whose lifestyles are on the brink of extinction, told through exquisite physical comedy and seamless ensemble work. Get tickets at this link.

Photo by Andrew Nash © 2014. https://flic.kr/p/kTv4eV  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/