University of Maryland Gymkana Home Show

April 13th and 14th @ 7 p.m.

See the gymnastics troupe that has been electrifying University of Maryland’s basketball halftime shows and local school assemblies for decades at the Xfinity Center.

Gymkana will dazzle you with their trampoline flips through rings of fire, three-story high ladders held together with acrobats, handstands on towers of chairs and numerous other extraordinary displays during this two-hour show.

Get tickets at this link.

Note: Due to security regulations, all guests will be screened and only clear bags are permitted in the venue.

Xfinity Center
2740 Xfinity Center
College Park, MD 20742

Air Play

April 22nd @ 4 p.m.

At this show, recommended for ages five and above, you’ll stare at the ceiling. A lot. But for all the right reasons.

Air Play dazzles with its aerial concoctions of confetti, fabric, umbrellas and more. This circus-style adventure tells the story of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty.

This show is the brainchild of the Acrobuffos, a comedic duo from New York City comprised of Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone.

Get tickets at this link.

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

Mummenschanz: ‘you and me’

April 7th @ 8 p.m.

What happens when you combine puppetry, dance, object manipulation and acrobatic movement? You get the wondrous creations of Mummenschanz, a 45-year-old Swiss troupe whose latest work, you and me, offers insights into the human condition through large-scale masks, creative light and shadow play, and surprising maneuvers with everyday items.

If you were to seek out Mummenschanz’s parallel artists, you might turn up the imaginative puppetry of Basil Twist, the off-the-wall inflatables of Fred Garbo or the ingenious juggling ensembles of Jon Held.

Get tickets at this link. There will be a pre-performance talk with one of the artists.

Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

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

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

 

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

POP!

June 4th @ 4 p.m.

In the future, everyone will be famous.

In the aerial dance production POP!, UpSpring Aerial Lab uses pop art as inspiration for new work in aerial fabric, aerial sling, dance trapeze, mini lyra, and poi. Featuring work inspired by Andy Warhol, Marisol, Roy Lichtenstein, May Wilson, Claes Oldenburg and more. Tickets $20 adults, $10 children and seniors at joesmovement.org. Children 2 and under free in an adult’s lap.

Concession sales at this event will benefit arts programs at Mount Rainier Elementary School. Proceeds from ticket sales help UpSpring to purchase new equipment and supplies to keep our students safe.

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

Poi: Beginner & Intermediate Workshops at Ciel Aerial

April 22 @ 3pm & 4pm

Want to learn the magic of poi? Come to a poi and juggling workshop with the amazing Charlotte Byram on April 22. Located at Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, the class at 3pm will be for beginners and the class at 4pm will include beginner through advanced skills. The price for the workshop is $25 per class per person, or take both for $40! To register, email Kate at cielaerial@gmail.com.

Ciel Aerial
Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Ave,
Takoma Park, MD

The 7 Fingers of the Hand: Cuisine & Confessions

April 8th @ 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

April 9 @ 4:00 pm

The 7 Fingers of the Hand: Cuisine & Confessions

Dance, acrobatics, and a pinch of theatrics are the essential ingredients in this remarkable show that explores life in the family kitchen where lessons are learned, bonds are forged, and secrets are exchanged. In their latest delightfully inventive production, Cuisine & Confessions, The 7 Fingers of the Hand interprets relationships and storytelling as they prepare a meal in a unique and playful wayThis Montreal-based group gets right into the heart of the home, using circus acts and acrobatics to depict scenes of family meals and intimate moments. This acclaimed ensemble’s name is a twist on a French idiom, “the five fingers of the hand,” which describes distinct parts moving in coordination toward a common goal. In this case there are seven artistic collaborators who achieve a common goal in creating an amazing production. The highly skilled artists, with their precisely timed stunts, provide the perfect recipe for an unforgettable theatrical event. “A perfect blend with just the right ingredients.” (Huffington Post)

10 Things People Should Know about Cuisine and Confessions.

The Center for the Arts Concert Hall

George Mason University

4373 Mason Pond Dr,

Fairfax VA 22030

VisionDC Arts and Urban Innovation Summit

April 24th @ All-day event

VisionDC Arts and Urban Innovation Summit

This event brings together artists and stakeholders in Washington, D.C., to discuss artspace and community development. The event will feature music, dance, sculpture and (of course) circus performances, as well as panel discussions throughout the day. Learn more and buy early bird tickets before March 24th at this link.

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1101 6th St. SW
Washington, D.C. 20024