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

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

Clown Town Workshop with Elena Day

Sundays (2): February 4th and March 18th @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesdays: February 6th – March 20th @ 7 – 9 p.m.

Dive into red-nosed clowning with Elena Day!

This course will focus on the joyful intensity of playing. Through a series of games, exercises and observations, you will discover your brand of funny, and learn to share it directly with the audience. With the body as your guide, you will analyze your ways of moving and create your ‘clown form.’ Playing with and through this form, your clown will arrive vibrant, unique and funny!

Elena day trained at L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq and is influenced by the work of clown pedagogue and movement artist Giovanni Fusetti. Elena has appeared as multiple characters with Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Florida and Cirque Mechanics in Nevada, but she is based in DC and performs locally with companies like Happenstance Theater.

Early bird registration is $275. After January 15th, the course is $325. Email dayable@gmail.com to register.

Address:

Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

 

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

Movement Workshop for Professional Performers

October 10th @ 7-9 p.m.

What do you get when you cross Marcel Marceau and Anna Pavlova? Answer: Karen Montanaro – The Aragon Herold-Spain

This workshop explores movement as a universal language; a way of communicating with an audience and also a way of communicating with oneself. Movement is visible, whereas the experience of moving is invisible. In this way, movement may be used to integrate ourselves — to harmonize our public and private sides so that the inner world of experience and the outer world of expression work optimally together.

Ultimately, this workshop is about knowing what you want to convey, sensing what your audience “sees” and bringing the two together with eloquence and personal style.

About Karen:
Karen is a solo performer, an award-winning choreographer, and the innovator of “mimedance” (the fusion of two classical art forms). Karen studied ballet at the Cantarella School of Dance, the Ram Island Dance Center and on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School. She danced professionally with the Ohio Ballet and the Darmstadt Opera Ballet in Germany. Upon moving back to the Unites States, Karen also danced principal roles with the Portland Ballet Company. For more than a decade, Karen toured and taught internationally with mime master, Tony Montanaro. She currently tours the world with her one-woman show entitled “Tanzspiel.”

Ms. Montanaro is a teaching artist and offers residencies in movement, mime and dance in public and private schools throughout the United States. www.mimedance.com

REGISTER HERE: paypal.me/paywendynow/60

Silver Spring Black Box
8641 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Clown Cabaret — The 7th Anniversary Show

October 9th @ 8 p.m.

Join the occasionally ebullient, sometimes sinister, but always elation-inspiring cast of D.C.’s longstanding Clown Cabaret as they celebrate 7 YEARS of laughter and what the locals like to call ‘character development.’

The sizzling line-up includes Rich Potter, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Montanaro, Graham Pilato, Gwendolyn, Wendy Burch and many more surprises!

If you never been to a Clown Cabaret, lucky number seven is not to be missed. You’ll see veterans, newcomers and in-betweeners experimenting with the multidisciplinary (and gloriously ludicrous) craft of clowning for your laughing pleasure.

And if you’re one of those ‘I don’t do clowns’ people, step out of your joyless bubble and stop being such a stick in the mud! From the Clown Cabaret web site: “Drawing from modern, theatrical, circus, commedia, verbal, silent, knockabout, musical and other disciplines, you will see a great variety under the umbrella of Clown.”

Buy tickets at this link.

Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

CIRCUS! the puppet show

Thursday/Friday @ 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Saturday/Sunday @ 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. through August 27th

In grand circus tradition, CIRCUS! (aka the “Greatest Show on Strings”) features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe.  Many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher’s parents for “Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus.”

Buy tickets at this link.

The Puppet Co.
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

August 16th-20th @ Eagle Bank Arena and August 23rd-27th @ Royal Farms Arena

Dive into a world of fabulously bendy and acrobatic bugs in OVO, Cirque du Soleil’s show about ‘biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion.’ The cast of characters takes a wild turn when they discover a mysterious egg and must divine what it means about the cycle of their lives. Crickets, fleas, spiders and ants will astound you like never before.

Get tickets to either location at this link.

Eagle Bank Arena
4500 Patriot Circle
Fairfax, VA 22030

Royal Farms Arena
201 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Clown Cabaret

June 12th @ 8 p.m.

Discover a world of funny, eccentric and downright incomprehensible shenanigans at the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Clown Cabaret is a place for clown, variety, circus and unclassifiable acts to workshop their material to the delight and comedic enrichment of the crowd. Expect a mesmerizing hodgepodge of music, magic, physical feats and potential pies in the face.

Confirmed acts include Drew the Dramatic Fool, Wendy Burch, Matthew Pauli and emcee Karen Beriss.

Tickets: $15 ($12 with a Fringe button) Visit the FB Event Page and select ‘Find Tickets’

Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The farewell tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is reaching its conclusion in the DMV region. Catch their show Out of This World one last time in Fairfax, Va., or Baltimore, Md., before this iconic circus leaves town forever!

Dates: April 7th to April 16th @ Eagle Bank Arena — Tickets available at this link.

Address:
Eagle Bank Arena
4500 Patriot Circle
Fairfax, VA 22030

Dates: April 20th to April 30th @ Royal Farms Arena — Tickets available at this link.

Address:
Royal Farms Arena
201 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201