Congress of Jugglers @ UMD

May 3rd – 5th @ Ritchie Coliseum

Enjoy three days of juggling euphoria at the University of Maryland during the Congress of Jugglers, an annual celebration of juggling, fire spinning, circus and variety arts. This event is free and open to all ages and skill levels. The festival starts on Friday (4 p.m.-Midnight), continues all day Saturday (11 a.m.-Midnight) and concludes on Sunday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Fire juggling will happen on Friday and Saturday night.

On Saturday evening (8 p.m.), enjoy a juggling show featuring a tremendous array of local talent. There will also be juggling games and workshops throughout the weekend.

Want to help organize, run a workshop, suggest a game or perform in the show? Contact the UMD Juggling Club by messaging them on their Facebook event page or email umdjugglingclub@gmail.com.

All events will take place at:

Ritchie Coliseum
7675 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

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

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

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

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

Paranormal Cirque

November 8th-11th @ Montgomery Country Fairgrounds

Enter a world of mysterious feats and dark fantasies at Paranormal Cirque, featuring illusions, acrobatics, aerials, cyr wheel and more under the Cirque Italia big top. You’ll laugh and scream at this spirited spectacle, recommended for ages 17+.

Buy tickets at this link. Show contains adult themes and language. Ages 13-17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Ages 6-12 may be admitted to specific shows — check the dates and times for details.

Montgomery County Agriculture Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20877