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
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). Circa’s 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
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
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.
8025 Galleria Drive
Tysons, VA 22102
By Metro: Silver Line, Tysons II Station
April 26th-29th @ Monarca in Flight
Enjoy four explosive days of Circus, Circus, Circus, Circus! Register for workshops in sling, lyra, fabric, trapeze, German wheel, acro, makeup, and much more. The illustrious list of instructors includes Ukoiya Mastin, Benn Mendoza, Bobby Taylor, Chris Delgado, Jessica John, Gwynne Flanagan, Kat Milburn, Acoatzin Torres and Kat Stroot.
Register at this link, to snag your spot before this amazing weekend sells out!
Monarca in Flight
3431-F Carlin Springs Road
Falls Church, VA 22041
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
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
May 2nd @ 7:30 p.m.
From the inventive Cirque Mechanics comes Pedal Punk, a “Steampunk” – inspired acrobatic whirlwind where cycling is the escape from technology obsessed society. In Pedal Punk we experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a zany bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes, and repairs more than broken pieces. He creates wondrous machines that come to life and inspires the cyclist in all of us to unite with our inner Pedal Punk.
Creative Director Chris Lashua spent most of his career on a BMX bike and inside a German Wheel. This new production showcases his innate passion and fascination for all things bicycles and cycling. The synergy between man and machine, the hallmark of Cirque Mechanics, is magnificently exposed in Pedal Punk. It is that synergy that The New York Times called “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.”
The Pullo Center
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA 17403
May 5th @ 11 a.m. and May 6th @ 1 p.m.
Delve into Chinese history and culture through the incredible performances of this youth acrobatics troupe, showcasing feats of balance with porcelain jars, tables and of course their fellow acrobats! Catch them at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, Md., with tickets available at this link. Note: Tickets to the Friday performance are $15, while the Saturday price is $25 general admission/$15 students.
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
April 21st to April 23rd @ Performance times vary
Cirque Italia’s Water Circus comes to Fredericksburg, Va., for six performances over the weekend. A stellar cast of handbalancers, acrobats, aerialists, wire walkers, contortionists and jugglers will wow you amidst a dazzling display of water fountains and extraordinary lighting effects.
Tickets are available at this link. If you live in Fredericksburg, be on the lookout for Cirque Italia promotional flyers that offer a code for a free child’s ticket (age 2-12).
2400 Airport Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401