DMV Circus Events

Juggle Jam @ CHAW

January 18th @ 6-7 p.m.

Let your hair down and enjoy some gravity-induced hysteria at this all-ages, all-skill-levels workshop on Capitol Hill. Whether you’re a seven-year-old savant or an 85-year-old klutz, instructor Christian Kloc will guide you down the path of mastering three or more objects at the same time. This class begins with a short demo, proceeds with hands-on practice and concludes with a collaborative and low-stakes show.

Cost: $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

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

Visions of Love

January 11th – February 9th @ Various Showtimes

Pointless Theatre Co. presents ‘Visions of Love,’ a stage adaptation of the classic Charlie Chaplin film City Lights, which tells the tale of a young man hopelessly trying to help a blind woman after falling in love with her. This production features Kerry McGee as the tramp and Sharalys Silva as the blind woman, and the puppetry of Alex Vernon.

Get tickets to any of the following showtimes at this link.

Thursdays/Fridays @ 8 p.m.
Saturdays @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays @ 7 p.m.

Bonus: If you would like to see the film that this show is based on, visit the Old Greenbelt Theatre on Monday, February 4th at 1 p.m. for a FREE screening! Event link.

Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

‘The Young Juggler’ Film Screening

January 23rd @ 6 p.m.

Enjoy a rare look into a piece of Tony Curtis’s filmography aired just once on television. ‘The Young Juggler’ is a casanova’s take on the classic ‘juggler of our lady’ story, highlighting Curtis’s charisma and talents. This 51-minute television segment appeared on March 29th, 1960. See how this film has aged — likely through some unintentionally hilarious moments — at this free screening in conjunction with the Juggling in the Middle Ages exhibit, on display through February 28th.

Register for FREE tickets to this event at this link.

Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House (The Oak Room)
1700 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

 

 

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 20th and 21st @ 7:30 p.m.

December 22nd and 23rd @ 2 p.m.

Enjoy a world full of talented circus artists in the form of penguins on rola bolas, reindeer skipping rope, toy soldiers on slack wire and more in Cirque Dreams Holidaze. This two-hour holiday-themed show brings ornaments to life, with live singing and hundreds of props and costumes to delight the whole family.

Get tickets at this link.

Theater at MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Ave.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped

November 16th – January 1st @ 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (plus 8 p.m. shows on Saturdays)

Enjoy a heartwarming holiday spectacle featuring a talented cast from Cirque Dreams in Unwrapped, a 25-minute show featuring acrobatics and aerial displays. Purchase guaranteed seats at this link, or line up early the day of for limited complimentary tickets.

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center — Atrium
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

Krampusnacht/Bah Humbug Krampus Ball

December 1st @ 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

RESCHEDULED December 21st @ 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

At the corner of naughty and nice, discover Krampusnacht DC, an annual event celebrating the European Krampuslauf tradition. In short, Krampus is the evil counterpart of Saint Nick who punishes misbehaving children, like ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ come to life!

Check your holiday cheer at the door (and find an outlet for your wintry angst) at the Bah Humbug Krampus Ball, featuring performances of contortion, juggling, music, burlesque and more on the Black Cat mainstage. Ticket are available at this link, and sales benefit Santa’s Cause DC, an area nonprofit that provides gifts for youth in the foster system. This in an all-ages event and includes time to visit with Santa and Krampus from 7-8 p.m. prior to the show. Parents are advised to use discretion, as some acts feature adult content.

Visit the Krampusnacht DC website for more information.

7-8 p.m. Santa’s Cause DC benefit reception, kids photos with with Santa and Krampus.

8-11 p.m. After-party with live entertainment.

Black Cat DC
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Gilded Lily presents: Limelight Cabaret

November 16th at 8 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show

Enjoy the best of Baltimore burlesque in the heart of DC at ‘Gilded Lily presents: Limelight Cabaret’ on the Black Cat main stage. The show features the glamour, glitz and unforgettable talents of GiGi Holliday, Mab Just Mab, Maria Bella, Ruby Spruce, Callie Pigeon and Caza Blanca.

Grab tickets at this link.

Black Cat DC
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Richmond Juggling Convention

December 14th-16th @ Richmond Waldorf School

Spend a weekend in RVA for their second annual juggling convention, featuring open juggling, workshops and a Saturday night show. This year’s featured act is Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth, the ‘hilarious juggling juggernauts’ from Asheville, North Carolina. See the Facebook event page for more details.

Looking for cheap and beautiful housing? Check out Richmond’s recently opened (and super hip) HI Hostel at this link.

Richmond Waldorf School
1301 Robin Hood Road
Richmond, VA 23227