This Week — 30 July 2021

As we approach the last vestiges of summer, let’s look forward to some local circus shows and high-caliber online productions!


PRIDE ALL YEAR

August 1


IN-PERSON SHOWS

August 21

  • UpSpring Studio presents Summertime, an outdoor celebration of beach vibes set to an upbeat summer soundtrack at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Featuring new aerial choreography from local artists. Masks are required, and guests will be socially distant during the show. Get tickets at this link.

GATHERINGS

July 29

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will are meeting on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Key Intermediate School Cafeteria (6402 Franconia Rd., Springfield, VA). All are welcome to join this fun and casual juggling meet-up, happening every Thursday that Fairfax County Schools are hosting evening activities. They will likely start the evening outdoors in nice weather, then migrate indoors to the school gym. Check out this map for specific location information.

July 30


TOURING SHOWS

July 10 – August 8

July 30 – August 16

  • Circus Hermanos Vazquez is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a tour that will appear at Tysons through August 16. Get tickets at this link.

VIRTUAL FESTIVALS

July 30-August 7

  • Enjoy the Virtual Aerial Dance Festival, with workshops in aerial theory, dance, juggling, flexibility, creativity, pilates, improvisation, burlesque and more. There will also be panel discussions on a variety of topics including aging in aerial arts, implicit bias of BIPOCs in entertainment, intersectionality in aerial dance and circus, and aerial and motherhood. Register at this link.

This Week — 16 July 2021

The fun continues this week with plenty of IJA Festival events and tomorrow’s Irresistible Revolution gathering in Northeast D.C. Got something cooking for the near future? Whether it’s a class, event or unclassifiable glitch in the matrix, let us know by submitting the info here.


VIRTUAL IJA FESTIVAL

July 12-18

The Virtual IJA Festival resumes today, tomorrow and Sunday. Almost all events are free of charge, but you can donate to the festival at this link. Better yet, buy entries to the raffle to win glow balls, juggling clubs, books and other fabulous prizes.

Here’s what’s left on the schedule:

And here are some past events you can still watch online:

See the full schedule at this link.


PRIDE ALL YEAR


ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT

Through July 18

  • Les Canons du Cirque: Duels dans la Ville is an extreme spectacle based around five ‘confrontations’ among circus artists filmed in Montréal. To watch these cinematic films and vote for the ‘winner’ of each battle, visit the Montréal Complétement Cirque Facebook page.

GATHERINGS

July 17

  • Irresistible Revolution: The Seeds We Sow is a full day event at the Olde City Garden in Northeast DC, offering space for BIQOC and LGBTQIA+ movement and flow artists to breathe, reflect and grow together with panels, performances, open mics, yoga, live art installations, and a Sunset & Chill fire jam. Find out more about this event and RSVP here. Remember that this event is designed to allow marginalized groups to speak their truth, process pain, and heal. Those seeking allyship and solidarity in this movement are most welcome.

July 22

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will are meeting on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Key Intermediate School Cafeteria (6402 Franconia Rd., Springfield, VA). All are welcome to join this fun and casual juggling meet-up, happening every Thursday that Fairfax County Schools are hosting evening activities. They will likely start the evening outdoors in nice weather, then migrate indoors to the school gym. Check out this map for specific location information.

July 30


TOURING SHOWS

July 10 – August 8


VIRTUAL FESTIVALS

July 23-25

July 30-August 7

  • Enjoy the Virtual Aerial Dance Festival, with workshops in aerial theory, dance, juggling, flexibility, creativity, pilates, improvisation, burlesque and more. There will also be panel discussions on a variety of topics including aging in aerial arts, implicit bias of BIPOCs in entertainment, intersectionality in aerial dance and circus, and aerial and motherhood. Register at this link.

DMV MEMORIES

“Local juggling talent is among the best.”


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This Week – 10 July 2021

While we’re still basking in the glow of a victory for one of the nation’s most promising athletic, academic and circus-tastic youth, let’s look forward to next week’s Virtual IJA Festival, and behold the many local and internet-born offerings on the menu this week.


CELEBRATION


PRIDE ALL YEAR


VIRTUAL IJA FESTIVAL

July 12-18

The Virtual IJA Festival runs all next week. Many events will be free of charge. For the full experience, join the IJA at this link. Here’s a quick summary of what this amazing week has to offer:

See the full schedule at this link.

You can still sign up to teach a workshop here — there is plenty of space in the schedule for your expertise!


CLASSES

  • Celebrate physical theater expert Dody DiSanto’s ‘long-awaited return to spatial reality’ with the arrival of her upcoming workshops at The Center for Movement Theatre in Northwest DC, including Rebuilding the Body (July 26-August 30), Clown 2: get inside the ruckus! (August 7 & 8), Comprehensive 1 Program (September 13-November 29) and Clown Weekend (September 18 & 19). Register at this link.

ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT

July 10-18

  • Les Canons du Cirque: Duels dans la Ville is an extreme spectacle based around five ‘confrontations’ among circus artists filmed in Montréal. To watch these cinematic films and vote for the ‘winner’ of each battle, visit the Montréal Complétement Cirque Facebook page.

SUPPORT


IN-PERSON EVENTS

July 10 – August 8

July 15

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will are meeting on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Key Intermediate School Cafeteria (6402 Franconia Rd., Springfield, VA). All are welcome to join this fun and casual juggling meet-up, happening every Thursday that Fairfax County Schools are hosting evening activities. They will likely start the evening outdoors in nice weather, then migrate indoors to the school gym. Check out this map for specific location information.

July 17

  • Irresistible Revolution: The Seeds We Sow is a full day event at the Olde City Garden in Northeast DC, offering space for BIQOC and LGBTQIA+ movement and flow artists to breathe, reflect and grow together. The day will include panels, performances, open mics, yoga, live art installations, and a Sunset & Chill jam (pending a fire permit). Find out more about this event and RSVP hereYou can also sign up to volunteer at this link. Remember that this event is designed to allow marginalized groups to speak their truth, process pain, heal and cultivate a space of joy and healing. Those seeking allyship and solidarity in this movement are most welcome.

VIRTUAL FESTIVALS

July 23-25

July 30-August 7

  • Enjoy the Virtual Aerial Dance Festival, with workshops in aerial theory, dance, juggling, flexibility, creativity, pilates, improvisation, burlesque and more. There will also be panel discussions on a variety of topics including aging in aerial arts, implicit bias of BIPOCs in entertainment, intersectionality in aerial dance and circus, and aerial and motherhood. Register at this link.

Photo by M.V. Jantzen © 2021. https://flic.kr/p/2m9qNt6

This Week — 2 July 2021

Whether you’re ready to brave the heat or cling to your A/C, there are many opportunities to enjoy live and virtual circus events in July. Stay happy, healthy and sane with the circus this summer!


PRIDE ALL YEAR

  • We will be releasing our first video of the Pride Month Interview Series next Friday (7/9) at 6 p.m. EDT. Join us in the chat for the YouTube premiere. This series of insightful Zoom interviews with local LGBTQIA+ performing artists will be premiering at various dates and times on our Facebook and YouTube pages in the next couple of months, so keep an eye out!

REMEMBRANCE


ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT

July 2

July 9


IN-PERSON EVENTS

July 2 – August 8

July 8

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will are meeting on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Key Intermediate School Cafeteria (6402 Franconia Rd., Springfield, VA). All are welcome to join this fun and casual juggling meet-up, happening every Thursday that Fairfax County Schools are hosting evening activities. They will likely start the evening outdoors in nice weather, then migrate indoors to the school gym. Check out this map for specific location information.

July 17

  • Irresistible Revolution: The Seeds We Sow is a full day event at the Olde City Garden in Northeast DC, offering space for BIQOC and LGBTQIA+ movement and flow artists to breathe, reflect and grow together. The day will include panels, performances, open mics, yoga, live art installations, and a Sunset & Chill jam (pending a fire permit). Find out more about this event and RSVP hereYou can also sign up to volunteer at this link. Remember that this event is designed to allow marginalized groups to speak their truth, process pain, heal and cultivate a space of joy and healing. Those seeking allyship and solidarity in this movement are most welcome.

VIRTUAL FESTIVALS

July 12-18

July 23-25

July 30-August 7

  • Enjoy the Virtual Aerial Dance Festival, with workshops in aerial theory, dance, juggling, flexibility, creativity, pilates, improvisation, burlesque and more. There will also be panel discussions on a variety of topics including aging in aerial arts, implicit bias of BIPOCs in entertainment, intersectionality in aerial dance and circus, and aerial and motherhood. Register at this link.

CIRCUS IN THE NEWS


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This Week — 25 June 2021

My apologies for leaving you in the dark for a couple of weeks. It is incredible to see the DMV circus community gearing up for summer with a triumphant return to some of our old circus habits, and some drastic reevaluations of many ‘business as usual’ aspects of our world.


PRIDE


ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT

June 25

  • Check out the third Central American preliminaries of Battle Night at 7 p.m. EDT to see eight club jugglers go head-to-head in a fun and engaging virtual competition. The audience gets a vote in each round, alongside two judges who will share their expert analysis. Join the Zoom at this link, or watch on the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube page.

IN-PERSON EVENTS

July 1

  • The Fairfax Jugglers will return to meeting on Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Key Intermediate School Cafeteria (6402 Franconia Rd., Springfield, VA). All are welcome to join this fun and casual juggling meet-up, happening every Thursday that Fairfax County Schools are hosting evening activities. Check out this map for specific location information.

July 17

  • Irresistible Revolution: The Seeds We Sow is a full day event at the Olde City Garden in Northeast DC, offering space for BIQOC and LGBTQIA+ movement and flow artists to breathe, reflect and grow together. The day will include panels, performances, open mics, yoga, live art installations, and a Sunset & Chill jam (pending a fire permit). Find out more about this event and RSVP here. You can also sign up to volunteer at this link. Remember that this event is designed to allow marginalized groups to speak their truth, process pain, heal and cultivate a space of joy and healing. Those seeking allyship and solidarity in this movement are most welcome.

ONE-WHEELED EXCURSIONS

July 1

  • The DC Unicycle Meet-up is planning to host unicycle hockey at Freedom Plaza from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Take it from your listserv author — this event is serious fun and great exercise, even if your unicycling skills are a bit rusty. Join the Meet-up group and RSVP at this link. They will also be a part of the DC Bike Ride on September 25 at West Potomac Park.

VIRTUAL FESTIVALS

Streaming through June 28

  • Dance Place presents Gaze, a five-day virtual festival highlighting local and national LGBTQIA+ artists and companies running June 16-21. On June 17 at 5 p.m., watch Creep Cuts perform their piece FREEZE RESPONSE, which draws from the indecision and purposelessness of the global pandemic to reveal a surrealist, anti-fascist work of clowning. This performance uses dada drag, queer social media diatribes, original electronic music and sketch comedy to create a fever dream of rebellious imagination. Watch for free at this link.

July 12-18

  • Join hundreds of jugglers from around the world at the IJA Online Festival 2021, featuring shows, workshops, panel discussions, a prop raffle and much more. Last year’s online festival revealed just how fun and far-reaching a virtual juggling event can be. RSVP at the Facebook event page.

July 23-25

July 30-August 7

  • Enjoy the Virtual Aerial Dance Festival, with workshops in aerial theory, dance, juggling, flexibility, creativity, pilates, improvisation, burlesque and more. There will also be panel discussions on a variety of topics including aging in aerial arts, implicit bias of BIPOCs in entertainment, intersectionality in aerial dance and circus, and aerial and motherhood. Register at this link, and see scholarship information below.

COMMUNITY

  • The Baltimore Theatre Project has long been a haven for theatrical productions of all stripes. Support this venue’s 50th birthday by making a donation that supports the financial future of the performing arts in Baltimore, with a potential $5,000 match from the Baker Fund. The BTP is scheduled to reopen in September. Donate at this link.
  • Unheard Voices Juggling is an important Instagram account documenting misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other cases of inappropriate, abusive or discriminatory behavior in the juggling community. During pride month, they are inviting LGBTQ+ artists to submit their words and stories to be profiled on their page. Fill out this Google form to be featured!

Photo by Christian Kloc from the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, MO.

This Week — 4 June 2021

If you’re near Philadelphia this weekend, be sure to check out the triumphant return of live circus during the Hand to Hand Circus Festival. Otherwise, there are plenty of online happenings to satisfy your appetite for circus antics. And if you’re hosting an in-person event this summer, let us know!


PRIDE

  • The Circus District is looking for LGBTQIA+ circus artists — hobbyists, enthusiasts. students, professionals and teachers — from the DMV to join us for a local profile series celebrating pride this month (and every day of the year). If you or someone you know is interested in doing a recorded Zoom interview or offline interview for a written piece, please email us at circusdistrict@gmail.com. These interviews will be popping up on our Facebook and YouTube in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out!

ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT

June 4

Anytime


IN-PERSON SHOWS & CLASSES

June 4-13

June 13

June 17-20


VIRTUAL FESTIVALS

June 4-6

June 17

  • Dance Place presents Gaze, a five-day virtual festival highlighting local and national LGBTQIA+ artists and companies running June 16-21. On June 17 at 5 p.m., watch Creep Cuts perform their piece FREEZE RESPONSE, which draws from the indecision and purposelessness of the global pandemic to reveal a surrealist, anti-fascist work of clowning. This performance uses dada drag, queer social media diatribes, original electronic music and sketch comedy to create a fever dream of rebellious imagination. Watch for free at this link. This show will stream through June 28 at www.danceplace.org.

July 12-18

  • Join hundreds of jugglers from around the world at the IJA Online Festival 2021, featuring shows, workshops, panel discussions, a prop raffle and much more. Last year’s online festival revealed just how fun and far-reaching a virtual juggling event can be. RSVP at the Facebook event page.

July 23-25

July 30-August 7

  • Enjoy the Virtual Aerial Dance Festival, with workshops in aerial theory, dance, juggling, flexibility, creativity, pilates, improvisation, burlesque and more. There will also be panel discussions on a variety of topics including aging in aerial arts, implicit bias of BIPOCs in entertainment, intersectionality in aerial dance and circus, and aerial and motherhood. Register at this link, and see scholarship information below.

COMMUNITY


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