This Week — 15 January 2021

On screen, this weekend looks a little bit overwhelming with how many incredible events are happening — we recommend taking a short walk (or at least gazing out the window and taking a few deep breaths) in between the marvelous performances, panels and workshops at your fingertips!


ATTEND

Tonight (1/15)

  • Rock out with your flow and juggling props during the Sunset & Chill Winter Wonder Jam from 8-10 p.m. DJs Shaft XXL and Luxe’n’Bass will keep you moving, spinning and shaking from home. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Tonight – Sunday (1/15-17)

  • Club Congress 2021 will be hosting a stellar virtual line-up of workshops, performances, panels and community enlightenment, including the Battle Night championship. This club-focused online event includes beginner workshops, classes taught in Spanish, a femme-identifying juggler space, a gala show, and a performance by Unicirclo Laguna. Visit this link for the full schedule and Zoom links!

Tomorrow (1/16)

  • Circus and Its Others presents Circus 2021: Adaptations + Possibilities Amid Covid-19, a free online panel/workshop with circus artists and scholars from around the world. This event starts at 10 a.m. on Zoom. Follow this link to get more information and to enter the Zoom room.

WATCH

Tonight (1/15)

  • You don’t want to miss the Battle Night Grand Championship, part of the virtual Club Congress festival and starting at 8:30 p.m. EST. This is the best-of-the-best showdown featuring jugglers from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, El Salvador and the U.S., and YOU get to be a judge! Tune in by following this Zoom link or check it out on YouTube live.

January 15-31

  • The diverse and family-friendly cast of of Omnium: A Bold New Circus is performing virtually throughout the month. Performers include aerialist Jen Bricker-Bauer, ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, and animal trainer Jenny Vidbel. Get timed tickets at this link. If you are unable to donate, you can fill out their complimentary ticket request form.

Monday (1/18)

  • Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will present the Best of Ask Hovey: Season 2, a video montage of their circus history series with host Hovey Burgess from the second season of their open stage variety show, at 8 p.m. EST. Want to perform in Season 3, which starts on January 25? Fill out their act submission form at this link.

February 12 and 13

  • Witness an incredible collaboration between two Japanese artists, juggler Teruki Okamoto and dancer Chiharu Kuronuma, in I/O Double Bill: Dance & Juggling. This unique performance incorporates the performers’ expertise in computer programming, calligraphy, choreography and movement. Showtimes are Friday (2/12) at Midnight and Saturday (2/13) at 11 p.m. EST, with a 50-minute runtime. You can purchase the streamed performance as well as an archival recording at this link.

DO BUSINESS

Today (1/15)

  • If you’re an independent contractor (pretty much any circus artist right now), estimated quarterly tax payments are due today (1/15). Need help? Check out Circus Hustle’s Crash Course in Circus Taxes and consider supporting more of Nina’s content, which includes very recent updates about the federal relief package, on Patreon. You can also explore the resources and classes provided by Hannah Cole of Sunlight Tax, which caters to artists and freelancers with approachable tax and financial advice.

Tuesday (11/19)

  • First-time applicants — as well as some returning borrowers — will be able to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program next week as the small business relief program restarts. This New York Times article answers your basic questions, including who is eligible, when to apply, and how the loan structure works. And don’t let the word ‘loan’ scare you — if you follow the rules of the program, these loans can be forgiven (or otherwise payable at a low interest rate over the course of five years).

APPLY

  • Apply to circus school using the amazing resources provided by Connecting Circus Students Around the World (CSAW). Visit this link for an application master sheet, as well as information about CSAW’s Ambassador Initiative, which pairs prospective circus students with current student liaisons at circus schools around the world.

SUPPORT

  • Did you miss some folks on your nice list, or simply decide to avoid overtaxing the postal service in 2020? We’ve made it easy to find fabulous books, apparel, photography and more in our Circus Gift Guide, which will remain up throughout the year for birthdays, holidays and self-imposed celebration days. Are we missing your creations on this list? Message us at circusdistrict@gmail.com.

This Week — 8 January 2021

Welcome to 2021! Whether you see this as a fresh new year, or just another day to try your best and make things happen in a crazy world, we’ve got your back with impactful circus events and opportunities.


WATCH

January 8-31

  • The diverse and family-friendly cast of of Omnium: A Bold New Circus is performing virtually throughout the month. Performers include aerialist Jen Bricker-Bauer, ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson, and animal trainer Jenny Vidbel. Get timed tickets at this link. If you are unable to donate, you can fill out their complimentary ticket request form.

MONDAY (1/11)

  • Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will present the Best of Season 2, a video montage of their greatest virtual moments from the second season of their open stage variety show, at at 8 p.m. EST. Want to perform in Season 3, which starts on January 25? Fill out their act submission form at this link.

January 15

  • You don’t want to miss the Battle Night Grand Championship, part of the virtual Club Congress festival and starting at 8:30 p.m. EST. This is the best-of-the-best showdown featuring jugglers from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, El Salvador and the U.S. Tune in by finding the Zoom link on the Battle Night Facebook page, or visit the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube channel.

Anytime

  • Daydream of Circus, a collection of juggling, cyr wheel, waacking and spinning plates, is one of the most cinematic circus productions created to date. Artists include Wes Peden (Sweden/USA), Ricardo S. Mendes (Portugal), Kouta Ohashi (Japan) and Bogie (Taiwan), as well as Hong Kong natives Patrick Pun, Lee Way Ne, Zara Asa and Ng Ping Nam. Watch this jam-packed 55-minute show at this link.

ATTEND

Friday through Sunday (1/8-10)

  • Turbo Fest Online presents the fun and adventure of the annual Quebec juggling festival in virtual form — workshops, contests and a show spectacular on Saturday at 2 p.m. EST. Check out the schedule at the Facebook event page.

Sunday (1/10)

  • Club tech and flow expert Jeremiah Johnston will be teaching a free Sequencing Class, with any donations benefiting Club Congress the following weekend. Start building smooth and dynamic club routines with advice from a master manipulator. Visit the Facebook event page for the Zoom link. This class runs from 10 p.m.-Midnight EST.

January 15

  • Rock out with your flow and juggling props during the Sunset & Chill Winter Wonder Jam from 8-10 p.m. DJs Shaft XXL and Luxe’n’Bass will keep you moving, spinning and shaking from home. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

January 15-17

  • Club Congress 2021 will be hosting a stellar virtual line-up of workshops, performances, panels and community enlightenment. RSVP at the Facebook event page for tons of free education and entertainment from the California crew.

DO BUSINESS

January 15

  • If you’re in an independent contractor (pretty much any circus artist right now), estimated quarterly tax payments are due next Friday (1/15). Need help? Check out Circus Hustle’s Crash Course in Circus Taxes and consider supporting more of Nina’s content, which includes very recent updates about the federal relief package, on Patreon.

LEARN


APPLY

  • Apply to circus school using the amazing resources provided by Connecting Circus Students Around the World (CSAW). Visit this link for an application master sheet, as well as information about CSAW’s Ambassador Initiative, which pairs prospective circus students with current student liaisons at circus schools around the world.

RECOVER

  • Joe’s Movement Emporium is focusing on health and wellness in their upcoming virtual programming, from tips on plant care to yoga to self-care. Visit their website to see their schedule of events to support your mind and body in trying times.

SUPPORT

  • Did you miss some folks on your nice list, or simply decide to avoid overtaxing the postal service in 2020? We’ve made it easy to find fabulous books, apparel, photography and more in our Circus Gift Guide, which will remain up throughout the year for birthdays, holidays and self-imposed celebration days. Are we missing your creations on this list? Message us at circusdistrict@gmail.com.

This Week — 25 December 2020

We wish you a winter season full of gratitude for the friends, family and circus freaks in your life. If you’ve experienced loss, pain, or ‘failure’ in 2020, our hearts are with you. In the face of incredible hardship, the DMV circus community has shown great resiliency. And even though the path forward is uncertain, we will go forth together, hand in hand (or hand-to-hand if you’re an acrobat). As always, get in touch to let us know how The Circus District can more fully support you!

This year, The Circus District was extremely proud to present:

Remember, the best way to support our future email updates, articles and projects is to sponsor us on Patreon. We are humbled by the love you’ve shown us thus far, and look forward to keeping this online community rolling, flipping, twisting and clowning into the new year!


WATCH

TOMORROW (12/26)

  • Acrobatic Conundrum will present their virtual showcase Volume 7 at 10 p.m. EST. This production is a collection of short films that use circus to convey the humanity behind the super-humanity of the artists involved. Tickets are at a sliding scale, starting at $5, and the show will be available through January 1. Visit this link for tickets.

TUESDAY (12/29)

  • The Circus Up Benefit Show is a virtual production appearing online at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Featuring a combination of live and pre-recorded acts, this show is a fundraiser for Circus Up’s youth circus programs based at Boston’s Commonwealth Circus Center. Buy tickets at this link.

ANYTIME

  • Witness global talent of epic proportions in Daydream of Circus, a collection of juggling, cyr wheel, waacking, spinning plates and more. Artists include Wes Peden (Sweden/USA), Ricardo S. Mendes (Portugal), Kouta Ohashi (Japan) and Bogie (Taiwan), as well as Hong Kong natives Patrick Pun, Lee Way Ne, Zara Asa and Ng Ping Nam. Watch this jam-packed 55-minute show at this link.
  • Fans of music, juggling and film-making will love the latest IJA Tricks of the Month video, starring Chilean juggler Cote Velásquez and musician Macarena Leiva Torres. Watch it now at this link.

GIVE/SUPPORT

  • Any time is a good time to buy handmade gifts, artwork and circus classes from the talented souls in our community. We’ve made it easy to find fabulous books, apparel, photography and more in our Circus Gift Guide, which will remain up throughout the year for birthdays, holidays and self-imposed celebration days. Are we missing your creations on this list? Message us at circusdistrict@gmail.com.
  • Circus artists have long enjoyed classes at Joy of Motion Dance Center during its 44-year history in D.C. and Maryland. In addition to the pandemic forcing Joy of Motion to close its Bethesda and Friendship Heights studios, their last remaining location on H Street recently suffered substantial damage when a car crashed into the building (luckily no one was injured). Please consider donating to Joy of Motion at this link, as well as to next-door Atlas Performing Arts Center (whose lobby also suffered damage) at this link. Donations to the Atlas will be matched up to $20k through December 31. Both of these places are havens for art, learning, performance and community. Let’s help them come back strong in 2021!

DO BUSINESS

  • Federally funded unemployment programs like Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (and state-specific extensions) are set to expire this week. If you have yet to file a claim but have been financially impacted by the pandemic, this is your last chance to throw your name in the hat! Even if you’re unsure of your ability to collect unemployment, it’s important to get your name in the system so you can advocate for yourself and get the benefits you need.

Happy holidays, and three circus cheers for a BETTER new year!

This Week — 18 December 2020

We are so grateful to report that circus continues to provide comfort and joy in difficult times. The Circus District wishes you a safe and happy holidays.


SHOP/GIVE

  • Our circus gift guide is now live at this link! We like to think that 2020 has permanently changed the meaning of ‘procrastination’ to ‘extra thoughtfulness.’ So for all of those ‘right on time’ shoppers looking for great circus books, magazines, crafts, masks and more to ship to their loved ones, look no further. This page will remain up after the holidays (gasp!), so you can support your favorite circus makers year-round. Are we missing your creations on this list? Message us at circusdistrict@gmail.com.
  • As a year with catastrophic impacts on circus artists comes to a close, remember to throw some dough toward your favorite circus organizations, whether you’re looking forward to their next show, or hoping that their talents can reach populations in need of circus inspiration in the coming year.

READ

  • Discover an instant holiday classic on The District Ringer as you read The Legend of the Great Spirits of Jugglingcraft. This ‘very 2020’ tale depicts the mystical delivery of juggling ball kits to Little Free Libraries across D.C., as the spirits of jugglingcraft quell child and parent boredom one household at a time. Special thanks to Thom Wall of Modern Vaudeville Press for the materials and inspiration behind this project.

WATCH

TONIGHT (12/18)

  • Battle Night presents their first-ever hoop battle (U.S. v. Mexico) at 8:30 p.m. EST. Watch hoopers stretch their technique, style and ‘power moves’ to the max in this fun and engaging head-to-head format. Visit the Facebook page for the Zoom link, or watch on the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube channel.

TOMORROW (12/19)

  • ‘But what about diabolo battles?’ you ask. The European Diabolo Association has you covered, but there’s a catch. The (Russian) battle begins at 4 a.m. EST on 12/19, aka noon Russian time. True fans — stay up late (or wake up early) for what promises to be an epic event. Visit the European Diabolo Association’s Facebook page for the Zoom link.

MONDAY (12/21)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show starts at 8 p.m. EST. This edition is bringing some festive holiday flavor to their weekly ritual. Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

DECEMBER 26

DECEMBER 29

  • The Circus Up Benefit Show is a virtual production appearing online at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Featuring a combination of live and pre-recorded acts, this show is a fundraiser for Circus Up’s youth circus programs based in the Commonwealth Circus Center in Boston. Buy tickets at this link.

LEARN

  • Janelle Peters of Cirque Psych is running another Mental Health First Aid for Circus workshop on December 21. Register at this link.

SUBMIT

  • Snag a 10- to 15-second video of your latest club or torch juggling/spinning/manipulation and submit it to be included the Club Tech Collab Video 2020. Videos should be filmed horizontally and can include passing. Drop your video in the folder at this link.
  • D.C. art space Rhizome DC has an open call for artists to submit work to reflect our present circumstances, and find creative ways to connect and take (Covid-safe) risks during a pandemic. This work will include exhibitions, residencies and workshops in the first half of 2021. All mediums and performance genres will be considered. Visit this link to apply.

DO BUSINESS

  • Pending further legislation, federally funded unemployment benefit programs like Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are set to expire at the end of next week. If you have not received the benefits that you are owed, or have not filed claims to receive backpay, this is your last chance to throw your name in the hat! It’s important to remember that if you have not filed regular weekly claims, the government may try to deny your PUA benefits — even if you were rejected from traditional unemployment in the first place.
  • If you’re struggling to access benefits, consider applying for (pro bono) legal aid and reaching out to local political officials, who may be able to get your case moving while building a support network of constituents with local issues.
  • Note: This advice is based on hearsay and independent research. The Circus District is not an official source of information on UI benefits. However, we encourage artists of all stripes to seek the benefits they are legally entitled to!

This Week — 4 December 2020

December is rife with opportunities to give and receive circus inspiration. Our key takeaways — party online, shop small and juggle more!


ATTEND

TONIGHT-SUNDAY

  • Prop-aganda: The Circus of No Tomorrow is an online flow festival featuring live DJs, showcases, competitions and workshops organized by EPIC Spin Jams. The latest schedule includes flow battles, prop giveaways, and a full line-up of workshops in flow, juggling and more. Sure to be a salve for any chaos the world throws at you. Check out this event on Twitch and Zoom, with more information at this link or on the Facebook event page.

TOMORROW


WATCH

TONIGHT

  • The first graduating class of Circadium, a school of contemporary circus in Philadelphia, will be performing their year-end thesis presentations (aka circus acts) tonight at 8 p.m. EST on Facebook live. Performers include Delaney Bayles, Luna Deasy, Alexandra Feit, Zak McAllister and Stephen Doutt. RSVP and watch at this link. Speaking of circus school, Circadium applications are now open (through 1/31/21) for future students, with application fees waived for the first 25 applicants.

THROUGH SUNDAY

  • Watch Grand Théâtre de Genève’s rendition of Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, with circus staging and choreography by Daniele Finzi Pasca. Stream this beautiful work at this link.

MONDAY (12/7)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition starts at 8 p.m. EST. Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

DECEMBER 15

  • Cirque Us presents an online screening of One Man’s Trash: A Repurposed Circus from 6:30-9 p.m. EST. Featuring a fabulous junkyard adventure conveyed through aerial, acrobatics, tumbling, juggling and clowning, this show is sure to please all ages. Proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for BIPOC individuals to attend Circus Smirkus camp in 2021. Get tickets at this link.

LEARN

  • American Circus Educators is hosting a training program titled Growing Stronger Communities Through Racial Equity and Liberation Health next Monday (12/7), Wednesday (12/9), 12/14 and 12/16. This program is available to members and non-members at a sliding scale. Register at this link.
  • Modern Vaudeville Press front-man Thom Wall stopped through D.C. recently to deliver the gift of juggling! Find out how Circus District is making and distributing juggling ball kits in Little Free Libraries across the district, with updates appearing on The District Ringer.
  • Janelle Peters of Cirque Psych is running another Mental Health First Aid for Circus workshop on December 21. Register at this link.

SUBMIT

  • D.C. art space Rhizome DC has an open call for artists to submit work to reflect our present circumstances, and find creative ways to connect and take (Covid-safe) risks during a pandemic. This work will include exhibitions, residencies and workshops in the first half of 2021. All mediums and performance genres will be considered. Visit this link to apply.

SHOP

  • As holidays come and go, supporting circus artists should always be in fashion! This year, we’ve seen many industrious circus artists marketing their talents for the giving season, from handmade circus stationery to virtual circus programs. Keep an eye on our website for a ‘gift guide’ page, which will provide a dazzling array of online vendors you can throw your money at with a good conscience this winter. Are you a circus artist interested in being on this list? Email us at circusdistrict@gmail.com. Also, shameless plug if you don’t limit your giving to Tuesdays: did you know we have a Patreon?

STAY IN BUSINESS

  • Are you an artist/independent contractor struggling to access full unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits in DC? Local leadership is currently seeking short (30-second) video testimonials about your experiences to build awareness and problem-solving around these issues. You can also file for legal aid to advocate on your behalf. Email ctkloc@gmail.com to find out how to connect with local officials and strengthen the movement to support artists at this critical moment.
  • The Main Street Lending Program recently reduced its loan minimum from $1M to $100,000 in an effort to support small businesses (and hopefully put its remaining $595 billion budget to good use by the December 31st deadline). If your business can benefit from this loan structure, visit this link.

This Week — 20 November 2020

While you may not be spending the holidays with your extended family this Thanksgiving, you can definitely spend the week with your circus family! See below for more wisdom and wonderment than you can shake a drumstick at.


READ

  • Get pro tips for photography and videography from circus photographers Shamal Halmat and Dani Pierce in Tricks of the Light: Park Two, published today on The District Ringer. They also list some of their photographic inspirations, from the sublime acrobatic figures of Acey Harper to the poignant urban shots of the Baltimore-based artist Larry Cohen.

WATCH

TONIGHT (11/20)

  • Cirque du Cambodia is a stunning documentary that follows Cambodian circus artists Sopha and Dina as they go from training at Phare Ponleu Selpak (a social circus in their home country) to the École Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, then fulfill their lifelong dream of touring with Cirque du Soleil. The film is directed and filmed by Joel Gershon, who teaches at American University. Get tickets to stream the film today or tomorrow at this link. Donations benefit the film’s stars, as well as the circus program they grew up in.
  • The Battle Night USA Finals kick off tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST. This event showcases some of the greatest three-club jugglers in the United States as they go head-to-head to determine the grand champion. See what they can do with 30 seconds and three objects in this high-octane and good-hearted competition, judged by Matt Hall (Juggle Sensei) and Michael Karas. Visit the Zoom link or watch on the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube channel.
  • Enjoy a casual demonstration of airborne straddles, whips, gazelles and layouts during the TSNY Staff Flying Trapeze Demo from 7-7:45 p.m. on Facebook live. Visit the event page for more details.
  • Rise: A Virtual Performance will be streaming online starting at 7 p.m. EST tonight. This production comes from the imaginative minds of In the Wings aerial studio in Boulder, Colorado, and features performances that grapple with the hurdles we’ve faced in 2020. Get tickets at this link to view the performance from 11/20-22 or 11/27-29.

TOMORROW (11/21)

  • Marvel at some of Maine’s best performers in The Matt Tardy Benefit Show, a fundraiser for juggler and variety artist Matthew Tardy, who is battling Stage 4 thyroid cancer. The line-up includes Michael Menes, Fritz Grobe, Jason Tardy, Michael Miclon, George Saterial and Showtime Steve, sure to delight audiences of all ages. The show will be livestreamed from Johnson Hall at 7 p.m. Visit this link for tickets.

THROUGH SUNDAY (11/22)

  • See the online premiere of On Beckett/In Screen, an award-winning production conceived and performed by Bill Irwin, whose commanding acting and clowning skills bring playwright Samuel Beckett’s works to life on the digital screen. The show runs through November 22. Reserve your timed viewing spot at this link.

MONDAY (11/23)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition starts at 8 p.m. EST. Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

THURSDAY (11/26)

  • On top of unmissable appearances by Dolly Parton and Patti LaBelle, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature performances by the Big Apple Circus. Expect jugglers, acrobats and other surprises while you host a virtual watch party with your family (or your chosen family). The parade broadcast begins at 9 a.m. EST. Check out BAC’s Facebook page for any updates.

DECEMBER 1

  • Enjoy hysterical and awe-inspiring antics during the Jonathan Burns Comedy Variety Hour from 7-8:30 p.m. EST. Guests include puppeteers Alex & Olmsted, Shay Horay (The Famous Rubber Band Boy) and Ashley Brooke Roberts from NPR’s Ask Me Another. Magic, variety and laughter await! Get tickets at this link.

ATTEND

DECEMBER 4-6

  • Prop-aganda: The Circus of No Tomorrow is an online flow festival featuring live DJs, showcases, competitions and workshops organized by EPIC Spin Jams. A salve for any chaos the world throws at you. Check out this event on Twitch and Zoom, with more information at this link.

This Week — 13 November 2020

This month has plenty of scintillating circus surprises in store for you. Scroll now to get your calendar in order (or chaos… whichever you prefer).


READ

  • Today, The District Ringer brings you the final edition of The Covid Chronicles, catching up with TSNY-DC general manager Mandy Keithan, who tells us how the trapeze school in Navy Yard has reopened and rebuilt their class offerings around the challenges of 2020. Read the story here.

WATCH

TOMORROW (11/14)

  • See the next generation of circus artists perform during the Circadium Virtual Gala from 7:30-10 p.m. EST. This live production features current students at the school of contemporary circus in Philadelphia. Tickets benefit Circadium, the only school offering higher education in circus arts in the United States. Buy tickets here and check out the silent auction, with items including aerial silks, moving sculptures, circus face masks and more!

MONDAY (11/16)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition starts at 8 p.m. EST. Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

TUESDAY (11/17)

  • See the online premiere of On Beckett/In Screen, an award-winning production conceived and performed by Bill Irwin, whose commanding acting and clowning skills bring playwright Samuel Beckett’s works to life on the digital screen. The show runs through November 22. Reserve your timed viewing spot at this link.

WEDNESDAY (11/18)

  • Meet the Jugglers is a brand new interview series hosted by Pearls of Juggling. The first live chat — with Mexican club and contact juggler Santi Malabari — will take place at 11:30 a.m. EST on the Pearls of Juggling Facebook page.

FRIDAY (11/20)

  • Don’t miss an online screening of Cirque Du Cambodia, available throughout the weekend (11/20-22). This gripping documentary follows circus artists Sopha and Dina on their journey from 2011-2018, attending a social circus program in their home country, then École Nationale de Cirque to achieve their lifelong dream of performing in Cirque du Soleil. Visit this link to purchase a ticket, which supports the stars of the film as well as the circus program they grew up in.
  • The finals of Battle Night USA will start at 8:30 p.m. EST. Watch as some of the best three-club jugglers in the nation throw down their smoothest, spiciest and most technical sequences in this action-packed head-to-head format. Who will be crowned the campeon/campeona de los Estados Unidos? Find out by visiting the Battle Night Facebook page for the Zoom link, or watch on the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube channel.
  • Enjoy a casual demonstration of airborne straddles, whips, gazelles and layouts during the TSNY Staff Flying Trapeze Demo from 7-7:45 p.m. on Facebook live. Visit the event page for more details.
  • Check out Rise: A Virtual Performance, an ensemble aerial dance performance that tackles the challenges of 2020 from In the Wings aerial studio in Boulder, Colorado. The show will be available for online viewing 11/20-22 and 11/27-29. Visit the Facebook event page for tickets.

SATURDAY (11/21)

  • Marvel at some of Maine’s best performers in The Matt Tardy Benefit Show, a fundraiser for juggler and variety artist Matthew Tardy, who is battling Stage 4 thyroid cancer. The line-up includes Michael Menes, Fritz Grobe, Jason Tardy, Michael Miclon, George Saterial and Showtime Steve, sure to delight audiences of all ages. The show will be livestreamed from Johnson Hall at 7 p.m. Visit this link for tickets.

ATTEND

TUESDAY (11/17)

  • The DC Unicycle Meetup group is hosting an all-levels practice session from 5:30-6:30 p.m. EST at Volta Park in Georgetown. Visit their page to reserve a spot, and let them know if you need to borrow a unicycle.

LEARN

  • Dancer, pole artist and burlesque performer Eva Mystique just opened Studio Mystique in Northwest D.C. Visit her website to register for private lessons in pole, burlesque, belly dance, chair and floor work. The studio is also available to artists looking to rent a space for photo shoots, rehearsals and virtual performances.

This Week — 07 November 2020

How long has it been since we gave you an update? Somehow, the last week felt more like a ‘baker’s dozen.’ Nonsensical metaphors aside, we’re pleased to brighten the coming days with circus charm.


READ

  • The District Ringer got a little lost in the election fervor. But don’t fret, we’re back in business. TRICKS OF THE LIGHT: PART ONE is now online. This edition profiles the wise words and beautiful images of Dani Pierce and Shamal Halmat, two circus photographers whose work appears on our website.

WATCH
MONDAY (11/9)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition starts at 8 p.m. EST. Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

NOVEMBER 21

  • See some of Maine’s best performers in the Matt Tardy Benefit Show, a fundraiser for juggler and variety artist Matthew Tardy, who is battling Stage 4 thyroid cancer. The line-up includes Michael Menes, Fritz Grobe, Jason Tardy, Michael Miclon, George Saterial and Showtime Steve, sure to delight audiences of all ages. The show will be livestreamed from Johnson Hall at 7 p.m. Visit this link for tickets.

ANYTIME

  • Falling & Loving, a playful and acrobatic production by avant-garde masters Anne Bogart (director) and Elizabeth Streb (choreographer), is available to stream on All Arts TV at this link. Witness a radical collision of artists, projectiles, ideas and a merciless ‘Guck Machine’ in this surreal and fun show.

ATTEND
TODAY & TOMORROW (11/7-8)

  • The So Cal Flow Fest invites flow artists, jugglers, and circus people to check out their weekend of online workshops and performances. This year’s theme is Visualize, and there are two ways to take advantage of this great event. Earlier workshops (1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. EST) are available for a $20 entry fee, which covers both days. Workshops and performances from 7-10 p.m. EST are FREE for all participants. Register at this link.

SUPPORT

  • Take joy in holiday gift-giving that supports circus artists this winter! Check out this holiday gift guide written by Jessica John to discover circus playing cards, expert juggling manuals, acrobatic plant sculptures and more! While you’re at it, explore Jessica’s delightful array of online aerial classes and personalized coaching on her Patreon page.

This Week — 30 October 2020

Spooky and thrilling circus productions abound this weekend, but your best bet is an exclusive opportunity to shape the future of circus — click here. Fortunately, there’s plenty more where that came from.


READ


TRICK OR TREAT
TONIGHT (10/30)

  • The Graveyard Show by Quark Circus invites you to an online edition of their circus show about grief, death and healing. This production will air with a live emcee and prerecorded acts at 8 p.m. The show addresses themes of grief, death and healing, but is appropriate for all ages.Tickets are available at this link.
  • The Witching Hour by Park Up DC will host two drive-in shows in the RFK parking lot featuring live aerial, fire spinning and drag performances projected on a 60-inch HD LED screen. The first show is for all ages on October 30th at 7 p.m. The second show is an ‘after-dark’ edition and features burlesque acts in the line-up on October 31st at 11 p.m. (performance is R rated). Visit this link for tickets.
  • Plague Tales is an online streaming creation from Florida-based troupe Phantasmagoria. This show takes viewers on a dark journey of haunted stories told through dance, fire arts, aerial, stage combat, puppetry and much more. Recommended for ages 8+. Find more information at this link. Available to stream today through Monday.
  • Coney Island USA presents Puppets Come Home: Spooky Sights, a puppet slam to bewilder and bedevil your senses. Featuring Alex & Olmsted, BoxCutter Collective, Cookie Tongue and more! Proceeds will benefit the performers as well as Urban Neighborhood Services Inc., a Coney Island-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering local individuals and families. Get tickets here.
  • This is your last chance to catch Cabaret Macabre, Happenstance Theater’s hilariously dark production taking viewers into the realms of Edward Gorey through inventive, ghastly and funny vignettes. Visit their website for the Vimeo rental link.

TOMORROW (10/31)

  • The Boston Circus Guild will present a screening of their 2018 show Cirque of the Dead: Choose Your Own Dead-venture. Hosted by Tim Ellis, this line-up of ghoulish entertainers includes acrobatics, aerial arts, magical creatures and spooky never-before-seen music video content. Proceeds from the show support the Boston Circus Guild Performer Relief Fun. The virtual doors open at 7:30 p.m. for pre-show, 8 p.m. for the official screening. More info.

WATCH
TONIGHT (10/30)

  • Battle Night kicks off at 8:30 p.m. EDT with eight competitors flexing three-club juggling sequences in a head-to-head format judged in part by you. Also enjoy the Mexican grand finale held at FIMEX this Sunday (11/1). Visit the Facebook page for the Zoom links, or view on the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube channel.

TOMORROW (10/31)

  • Search for Sumatra, a circus collective based in Vermont, is hosting an encore presentation of their show Manxome Foes at 7 p.m. This show is a fundraiser for POC youth to attend Circus Smirkus camp. Watch the show trailer at this link and RSVP at the Facebook event page.

MONDAY (11/2)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition starts at 8 p.m. EST. Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

FRIDAY (11/6)

  •  Shadows: A Digital Event is an evening of circus performances live-streamed from Bloom Movement Artistry in Charlotte, N.C., serving as a tribute to the shadow side of ourselves, the part often tucked away and hidden from the world. The show will run from 8-10 p.m. and include deep, dark and intimate reflections on the state of the world. Visit this link for tickets.

ANYTIME


PERFORM
TODAY-11/3

  • Busk the Ballot is inviting street performers to sign up for shifts of ‘boredom-busting busking’ to entertain voters lining up at polling places across the country. Visit their website to learn more and to bring some joy to the determined souls exercising their civic duty.

ATTEND
NOVEMBER 7

  • One-wheelers, sign up now for the Maryland Fall Unicycle Ride, hosted by the DC Unicycle Meetup group. This scenic group ride will take place in Columbia, Md., with route lengths determined by rider interest and ability. Join the group and RSVP at this link — if you need to borrow a unicycle, it’s likely that someone can lend you one. Closer to the date, the organizers will look at Covid numbers and the weather forecast to determine the ride’s fate.

NOVEMBER 7-8

  • The So Cal Flow Fest invites flow artists, jugglers, and circus people to check out their weekend of online workshops and performances. This year’s theme is Visualize, and there are two ways to take advantage of this great event. Morning and afternoon workshops (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. PST) are available for a $20 entry fee, which covers the entire weekend. Workshops and performances from 4-7 p.m. PST are FREE for all participants. Register at this link.

This Week — 23 October 2020

We interrupt this tremendous calendar of upcoming circus events with an important reminder: get outside, do a cartwheel and EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE. Whether you’re voting by mail, biking to your nearest ballot box, or taking the polls by storm on Nov. 3rd, WE THANK YOU for making your voice heard. If you’re not registered or need more information, visit this link.

Now, let’s kick off this weekend the CIRQUE WAY.


READ

  • Was #quarantraining trending 100 years ago? Did the circus world experience a Covid-style seismic shift in the industry after the 1918 influenza epidemic? In our latest article, The District Ringer further explores the history of this parallel worldwide health crisis and its impact on touring circuses. Read all about it on your Patreon-sponsored circus news source.

WATCH
TONIGHT

  • Battle Night USA (#3) kicks off at 8:30 p.m. EDT with eight competitors (including your humble listserv author) flexing their grooviest three-club juggling sequences in a thrilling head-to-head format judged in part by you. Visit the Facebook page for the Zoom link, or view on the Unicirclo Laguna YouTube channel. Also check out their mid-week preliminary battles featuring competitors from Mexico.

SATURDAY (10/24)

  • Experience the Belfast International Arts Festival’s online presentation of Blame Game by the international hip-hop/circus company Kundle Cru. This show merges dance and circus to convey the dirty politics of scapegoating. Watch it at 1 p.m. EDT on the BIAF YouTube channel. The show will be available for public viewing for a week following its premiere.

MONDAY (10/26)

  • The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition starts at 8 p.m. EDT. Behold a worldly cast of performers, presented weekly for your entertainment (and generous tips). Watch on Facebook or YouTube. You can donate during the show at the links provided, or support their fantastic feats of circus anytime via the donation page on their website.

OCTOBER 30

  • The Graveyard Show by Quark Circus invites you to an online edition of their ‘bootstrapped, backyard, socially distant circus show about grief, death and healing.’ This production, filmed in Alexandria in mid-October, will air with a live emcee and prerecorded acts at 8 p.m. The show addresses themes of grief, death and healing, but is appropriate for all ages.Tickets are available at this link.
  • The Witching Hour, hosted by Park Up DC, will present two drive-in shows in the RFK parking lot featuring live performances in aerial, fire spinning, drag and more, all projected on a 60-inch HD LED screen. The first show is on October 30th at 7 p.m. (appropriate for all ages). The second show is an ‘after dark’ edition featuring burlesque acts in addition to the usual line-up, happening October 31st at 11 p.m. (performance is R rated). Visit this link for tickets.
  • Plague Tales is the latest online streaming creation from Florida-based troupe Phantasmagoria. This show, available to stream October 30th-Nov. 2nd, takes viewers on a dark journey of haunted stories told through dance, fire arts, aerial, stage combat, puppetry and much more. Recommended for ages 8+. Find more information at this link.

OCTOBER 31

  • Search for Sumatra, a circus collective based in Vermont, is hosting an encore presentation of their show Manxome Foes at 7 p.m. on Halloween. This show is a fundraiser for POC youth to attend Circus Smirkus camp. Watch the show trailer at this link and RSVP at the Facebook event page.

PERFORM

  • Busk the Ballot is inviting street performers to sign up for shifts of ‘boredom-busting busking’ to entertain voters lining up at polling places across the country. Visit their website to learn more and to bring some joy to the determined souls exercising their civic duty.

ATTEND
OCTOBER 23/24

  • Grab tickets forAutumn Revival: An Intimate Campout with Friends, a two-day social gathering (at a physical distance) hosted at Ramblewood Resort in Havre de Grace, Md. Activities include music, LED dance performances, workshops, live art, games and more. The organizers will be doing temperature checks and enforcing mask-wearing and strict distancing throughout the event.Get more information and register at the Facebook event page.

NOVEMBER 7

  • One-wheelers, sign up now for the Maryland Fall Unicycle Ride, hosted by the DC Unicycle Meetup group. This scenic group ride will take place in Columbia, Md., with route lengths determined by rider interest and ability. Join the group and RSVP at this link — if you need to borrow a unicycle, it’s likely that someone can lend you one. Closer to the date, the organizers will look at Covid numbers and the weather forecast to determine the ride’s fate.

SUPPORT

  • Clowns Without Borders USA is producing excellent online content, including recent live-streamed interviews about global volunteerism, dismantling racism in circus, clowning in a digital world, and framing human rights in the context of joy. Check out these and more informative talks at the CWB Facebook page. Donate to support their continued work, and to allow their eventual return to worldwide clowning tours that foster hope and healing.