Momix: Opus Cactus

January 25th @8 p.m.

Momix is a Connecticut-born dance company that blurs the lines between dance, circus and visual architecture. Drawing on the acrobatic maneuvers of partner balancing, wheel apparatuses, pole vaulting and aerial arts, their creation Opus Cactus brings to life the stark landscape of the American Southwest.

Get tickets at this link.

During the federal government shutdown, federal employees with valid government-issued ID get up to two $5 tickets per ID shown at the box office. Subject to availability.

GMU Center for the Arts
4400 University Drive, MS2F5
Fairfax, VA 22030

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

Sunset & Chill @ Catharsis on the Mall

November 9th @ 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Check out the hottest (literally and figuratively) regular fire jam in DC, this time in the heart of the nation’s capital! Performing on the opening night of ‘Catharsis — A Vigil for Healing,’ Sunset & Chill offers local fire spinners the opportunity to jam to local DJs while getting their flame on.

The jam will take place at ‘Love Wins’ stage on the north side of the Washington Monument. If you use the entrance just north of the monument walkway, turn left to find the stage.

Fire spinners MUST sign up in advance for this event, and pay particular attention to the rules and regulations of spinning fire on the mall to ensure that this can happen again in the future. To register for the limited number of fire spinning spots, fill out this form. Fire breathing or spinning with long props like jump ropes or whips is strictly prohibited. And unlike Sunset & Chill at the Olde City Farm & Garden, alcohol is not permitted at any Catharsis events.

For more information about Sunset & Chill, visit the Facebook event page. For more information about Catharsis on the Mall (November 9th-11th), visit the event website.

National Mall
Northern side of the Washington Monument
Between 15th St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW

The Fig Tree Waltzes

October 4th & 5th @ 8 p.m., October 6th @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., October 7th @ 3 p.m.

Seattle’s contemporary circus troupe Acrobatic Conundrum visits the east coast to perform ‘The Fig Tree Waltzes,’ a show that combines dance and circus, pushing its performers to their physical limits to portray humanity’s persistent fight against overwhelming odds.

Tickets are available at this link.

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Universoul Circus

May 30th – June 17th @ Security Square, Baltimore

June 21st – July 22nd @ National Harbor

See the circus that opened last year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival with a bang, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The show frequently features stilt walking, fire manipulation, contortion, clowning and wheel of death, among other acts from around the world.

Buy tickets at this link.

Security Square
6901 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244

National Harbor
204 Waterfront St.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Active Flexibility Workshops

June 8th @ 6:30-8 p.m. (One-Time Workshop)

June 12th/19th/26th and July 3rd @ 7-8:30 p.m. (Workshop Series)

Learn how to safely increase your range of motion through a variety of exercises with instructor Jessica John. This workshop uses a dynamic warm-up sequence, soft-tissue preparation, nerve glides and muscle activation to allow you to improve muscular efficiency, build strength and heighten motor control. These exercises are geared toward aerialists, athletes, dancers, yogis and movement teachers.

You may also take advantage of a four-week Tuesday evening workshop series to enhance specific types of flexibility, including front splits (Week 1), shoulders (Week 2), middle splits (Week 3) and back (Week 4).

Register under the ‘Workshops’ tab at this link.

The Elements Center
2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW Suite 217
Washington, D.C. 20007

https://elementscenter.com/

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