Take Laughter With You: A Clowns Without Borders Fundraiser

March 17th @ 6 p.m., 5:30 p.m. doors

The second annual “Take Laughter With You” benefit is a true variety show: Clean comedy for adults and kids and all kinds of circus and variety arts. Each year, top-notch performers volunteer their time and talent to wow audiences for a great cause. Proceeds of the show support Clowns Without Borders-USA’s work of relieving suffering through laughter in areas of crisis all over the world. This show will support CWB’s tour in the Balkans where hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking asylum.

The event is hosted by CWB Board Member and performing artist, Kolleen Kintz, and includes performances by the area’s top performers. Expect variety including acrobatics, aerialists, comedy, and juggling by Christian Kloc, Drew Richardson, Anthony Oliva, Elise Sipos, Jane Bryan, Julia Quigley, Kiersten Van Houten, Krystan Silva, Lessie Longstreet, Kim DeAngelis, Sophia DeAngelis and Matthew Pauli. The evening also includes performances by Clowns Without Borders performing artists Bobby Kintz, Brendon Gawel, Alex Orthwein and Kaitlin Kaufman.

Warning: Show may provoke, laughter, wonder, and hope against all odds!

Buy your tickets NOW at this link.

Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

Diavolo: LOST

February 23rd @ 8 p.m. and February 24th @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Contemporary dance ensemble Diavolo uses “architecture in motion” to explore the relationship between the human body and its environment. L.O.S.T., or Losing One’s Self Temporarily, uses meticulously designed structures to explore, in two parts, what divides and unites us as we traverse through our daily lives.

Diavolo’s company incorporates elements of partner balancing, parkour and engineering to create living, breathing sculptures that are built up and deconstructed throughout the performance.

Get tickets at this link.

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

‘S’ by Circa

March 12th @ 7:30 p.m.

Australia’s Circa ensemble has combined death-defying acrobatics and bold storytelling in performances since 2006. “S” fuses the daring acrobatics that Circa is known for with a dazzling pre-recorded score by the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet for a performance that has been lauded as “stunning” and “sublime” (Le Devoir). Circas first show at Strathmore will feature seven talented acrobats flying, leaping, and contorting their way through a breathtaking spectacle.

Buy tickets at this link. Use promo code CIRCA20 at checkout to get 20 percent off your order.

The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Alter Circus presents: Hysterical

February 25th @ 3:30 p.m.

In a poetic blend of circus and performance art, seven artists use dazzling stunts to convey the real-world theatrics women face in the quest for equality. Featuring a cast of six strong female leads and some male eye candy, Hysterical shares stories of women’s opinions, nerves, and naked ambition.

Buy tickets at this link.

Content information: Swearing or coarse language – rare or mild, Sexual content – rare or mild. Best suited to age 13+.

About Alter Circus

Alter Circus is a feminist company, which uses contemporary circus and performance art as vehicles to challenge gender norms and celebrate the rebellious spirit, strength, and grace of women. The company’s founder and director, Jessica John, rejects narrative structure as a primary humanizing device and allows virtuosity to flourish alongside Alter’s compelling visuals.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Circus in Lines: Many Stories Tall

March 3rd @ 12:45 p.m.

SEE THEIR CIRCUS. HEAR THEIR STORIES. Circus in Lines: Many Stories Tall will help you learn why hobbyists and professionals so fervently pursue lives in the circus arts. Whether they’re fulfilling a childhood dream, breaking through perceived limitations or settling themselves in the fray, this collection of personal accounts and physical feats will enthrall and challenge audiences at this year’s Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2018. Presented by Street Light Circus.

Get tickets at this link.

Runtime: 1 hour, no intermission. Appropriate for all ages.

Photo by Dani Pierce Steuber.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

 

Cirque du Soleil presents LUZIA

April 13th – May 14th @ Tyson’s Corner

Feel yourself drawn into a dreamlike state where hoop diving, cyr wheeling and hand balancing bring the places, faces and sounds of Mexico to the Cirque du Soleil stage. Colorful, high-flying and visually spectacular, LUZIA will delight audiences through traditional and modern celebrations of the country.

Get tickets now at this link.

Tysons II
8025 Galleria Drive
Tysons, VA 22102

By Metro: Silver Line, Tysons II Station

Cirque Dreams Presents ‘Holidaze’

December 6th-8th @ 8 p.m. and December 9th @ 3 p.m.

Enjoy a family-friendly musical and circus spectacular in the the same show at Cirque Dreams Holidaze, coming to MGM National Harbor for four performances. The wide array of acts includes partner aerial acrobatics, bounce juggling, free standing ladder, rola bola,  jump-roping, clowning and much more, accompanied by live dance and musical theater with classic holiday tunes.

Get tickets now at this link.

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

Pole-usical 2017: Rent!

October 20th @ 8 p.m., October 21st @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Pole Pressure presents Pole-usical 2017, this year based on the musical Rent, incorporating acts on multiple apparatuses, but focusing chiefly on pole acrobatics. You will have three chances to catch this show. Tickets are $20 and are available at this link.

Pole Pressure Downtown DC
1322 14th St. NW, Second Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin

Fairfax: November 3rd @ 8 p.m., November 4th @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Manassas: November 12th @ 2 p.m.

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin will take the stage in a spectacle of acrobatics, balance, juggling, contortion and martial arts. This troupe won the Silver Clown Award at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo in 2015, and many of its acts tour with professional circuses.

A moderated discussion with a troupe member will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Get tickets to the Fairfax shows at this link and tickets to the Manassas show at this link. Half price tickets are available for children through Grade 12. On October 31, George Mason University students can get two free tickets to the Manassas show with their student ID.

GMU’s Center for the Arts
4373 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Hylton Performing Arts Center
GMU’s Science and Technology Campus
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

The Amazing Acro Cats

October 5th/6th @ 7 p.m., October 7th @ 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., October 8th @ 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., October 9th @ 1 p.m.

The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for over 200 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road, and tour the nation’s stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! A portion of the proceeds always benefits our mobile foster and rescue efforts. They have cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, our rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump!

The finale is the ONLY ALL-CAT BAND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats! The current band lineup features Oz on guitar, Asti on drums, Nue on keyboard, and NOW some brand new members: Ahi and Albacore on cowbell and woodblocks, Buggles on trumpet, and even a chicken – Cluck Norris – rockin’ the tambourine! “I can die happy now!” an audience member has claimed after seeing the band.

We are proud to announce we will be partnered with https://novacatclinic.com/client-resources/chris-griffey-memorial-fund/ Chris Griffey Feline Memorial Fund. These funds will be used to help foster kittens at risk with veterinary services and adoption services. The funds are also used to help cat owners with financial hardships.

Get more information and tickets at this link.

Next Stop Theatre
269 Sunset Park Dr
Herndon, VA 20170.