DMV Circus Events

Juggle Jam @ CHAW

March 8th @ 6-7 p.m.

Visit the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for this all-ages, all-levels and never-not-fun class devoted to the unparalleled joys of juggling. The workshop begins with a brief demo, moves into hands-on practice and concludes with a collaborative performance. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided.

RSVP at the Facebook event page. $5 suggested donation to CHAW’s tuition assistance fund.

About the artist: Christian Kloc learned to juggle at age six after seeing the Flying Karamazov Brothers perform. What started as a basic trick became an obsession. Christian grew up attending juggling festivals across the country and performing at local events. After 25 years, he is still surprised and amazed by the power of that ‘basic trick’ to change lives and cause spontaneous outbursts of fun in the world.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Cirkus Cirkör: Limits

March 6th-9th @ 8 p.m.

In Limits, Cirkus Cirkör examines how artificial barriers — walls, fences and barricades — constrain our natural human impulses to travel and to explore. Take home your own unbounded message from what reviewers call ‘contemporary circus activism.’ This is the only opportunity to see the renowned Swedish circus company in the United States in 2019.

Get tickets at this link.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20566

Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret

February 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd, March 1st and 2nd @ 7:30/8 p.m.

TBD Immersive, D.C.’s premier creator of choose-your-own-adventure, interactive theatrical experiences, is turning back the clock on its previous shows to bring you Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret. Featuring their usual cast of high-brow aristocrats, circus misfits and undercover renegades, this show tells the origin story of a hidden cabaret with revolutionary motifs.

If you enjoy mysterious plot lines, pop-up circus performances and bizarre twists of fate, then this show is for you.

Get tickets at this link. Note: VIP ticket holders receive early admission to the venue and a special tour at 7:30 p.m., while regular admission is at 8 p.m.

The Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Homebodies

February 14th-17th @ Baltimore Theatre Project

Puppeteers extraordinaire Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmstead Thomas reprise their whimsical and comedic production of Homebodies, the story of a sweetly off-kilter partnership centered around a trunk-sized wooden box full of enchanting twists and turns. A combination of engineering, improv, puppetry and culinary arts that will delight all ages.

Get tickets at this link.

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Undefined Fútbol Fest

January 26th @ 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Join the friendly and talented Undefined Fútbol crew for a gathering of freestyle soccer battles and workshops like no other. Never tried freestyle soccer before? No problem! This event is for beginners and experienced freestylers alike. Free encouragement, free entertainment and free pizza included!

Get more information at the Facebook event page.

George Mason University Johnson Center
G34 — Studio A
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Yolks on You: A Comedic Burlesque and Variety Brunch Party

February 17th @ 12 p.m. doors, 1 p.m. show

Get your pancakes with a side of scintillating sideshow and marvelous miscellany at Yolks on You! This monthly burlesque and variety show is brought to you by former Ringling Bros. clown Jim Dandy and burlesque performer extraordinaire Delilah Dentata. Enjoy the Bier Baron’s special brunch menu alongside their amazing selection of beers. This month’s array of acts includes rollerskating by Bebe Bardot, burlesque by Ruby Spruce, goofball antics by Sebastian Katz, novel moments with Charlie Artful and drag performance by Pearl Harbor.

Tickets: $12 (brunch not included) Available at this link.

The Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft
1523 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Momix: Opus Cactus

January 25th @8 p.m.

Momix is a Connecticut-born dance company that blurs the lines between dance, circus and visual architecture. Drawing on the acrobatic maneuvers of partner balancing, wheel apparatuses, pole vaulting and aerial arts, their creation Opus Cactus brings to life the stark landscape of the American Southwest.

Get tickets at this link.

During the federal government shutdown, federal employees with valid government-issued ID get up to two $5 tickets per ID shown at the box office. Subject to availability.

GMU Center for the Arts
4400 University Drive, MS2F5
Fairfax, VA 22030

DC Weirdo Show: Unforgivable Blackness

January 18th @ 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show

The DC Weirdo Show returns in 2019 with Unforgivable Blackness 2: The Clapback from Wakanda, featuring burlesque, box juggling, yo-yo tricks, grinder acts, sideshow and more. Celebrate an early start to Black history month at a variety spectacular that defies categorization.

Tickets are $16 in advance, and can be purchased at this link. Tickets at the door are $20, cash only.

The Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

Physical Comedy Workshop Series

January 28th – March 11th @ Monday evenings 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

(No class on February 18th)

In this six-class workshops series, you will explore the physical techniques that support comic performance, with exercises in stillness, reaction, mimetic gesture, physical characterization, status, clown and much more. Mark draws on his training with Étienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau. Sabrina draws on her training in the LeCoq pedagogy with concentration in the realm of the theatrical clown. Their complementary approaches combine to address both nuts-and-bolts technical skills and more elusive issues of honesty, presence and accessibility.

Taught by Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, artistic co-directors of the award winning ensemble Happenstance Theater.

Register at this link. Cost: $335

The Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 8th St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Big Apple Circus

February 14th – March 24th @ National Harbor

Behold the latest edition of the Big Apple Circus, featuring ringmaster Stephanie Monseu (Bindlestiff Family Cirkus), the high-flying Tunizianis and many more awe-inspiring acts including trampoline wall, horizontal juggling and freestanding ladder.

Get tickets to their afternoon or evening performances at this link.

Note: Autism friendly performances are available on 2/22 and 2/23 at 11 a.m. ‘Circus of the Senses’ — for audience members with vision or hearing impairments — will take place on 3/14 at 11 a.m.

National Harbor
165 Waterfront St.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745