TBD Immersive: Cabaret Rising

February 9th – March 4th @ Dupont Underground

Immersive theater company TBD Immersive returns with Cabaret Rising, featuring staged and ambient burlesque and circus acts set within a dystopian political future, continues this weekend and runs through March 4th. Walk the rails of Dupont Underground and discover a world of peculiar and captivating prime ministers, ghosts, jugglers and secret assassins in this two-hour production. See the full schedule and buy tickets at this link.

Dupont Underground (entrance on south side of Starbucks at 19th and Connecticut)
1500 19th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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

Circus in Lines: Many Stories Tall

March 3rd @ 12:45 p.m.

SEE THEIR CIRCUS. HEAR THEIR STORIES. Circus in Lines: Many Stories Tall will help you learn why hobbyists and professionals so fervently pursue lives in the circus arts. Whether they’re fulfilling a childhood dream, breaking through perceived limitations or settling themselves in the fray, this collection of personal accounts and physical feats will enthrall and challenge audiences at this year’s Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2018. Presented by Street Light Circus.

Get tickets at this link.

Runtime: 1 hour, no intermission. Appropriate for all ages.

Photo by Dani Pierce Steuber.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

 

Millennium Stage: Holiday Vaudeville

December 13th @ 6 p.m.

Enjoy an international and cultural holiday celebration as Cajun cellist Sean Grisson returns to host the evening of Holiday Vaudeville, combining holiday music and laughs for a memorable night. The performance features juggler Jacob D’Eustachio and the Alexandria Kleztet, a local Klezmer band that performs traditional Eastern Eurpoean/Jewish music with modern influences.

This is a free Millennium Stage performance, no tickets required. Get more information at this link.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20566

 

 

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

Sweet Spot Aerial Productions: A Circus Carol

December 16th @ 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and December 17th @ 6 p.m.

W.T. Dickens High School has descended into holiday madness as the students and staff prepare for their extravagant holiday pageant production. Watch the characters rise above the chaos through spectacular feats of circus. Get tickets at this link.

The Theresa and Jane Lang Theater
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

 

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin

Fairfax: November 3rd @ 8 p.m., November 4th @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Manassas: November 12th @ 2 p.m.

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin will take the stage in a spectacle of acrobatics, balance, juggling, contortion and martial arts. This troupe won the Silver Clown Award at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo in 2015, and many of its acts tour with professional circuses.

A moderated discussion with a troupe member will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Get tickets to the Fairfax shows at this link and tickets to the Manassas show at this link. Half price tickets are available for children through Grade 12. On October 31, George Mason University students can get two free tickets to the Manassas show with their student ID.

GMU’s Center for the Arts
4373 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Hylton Performing Arts Center
GMU’s Science and Technology Campus
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

Circus District: Juggle Jam #11

October 20th @ 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday ARTnights

Throw caution to the weekend! Conquer the thrilling challenge of juggling with veteran juggler Christian Kloc. This workshop begins with a short demo, moves into some goofy warm-ups, then puts juggling props in your hands and offers pro tips to jumpstart your newfound circus habit. After practicing controlled chaos, put on a show with your fellow jugglers and get the thundering applause you deserve!

RSVP on Facebook here.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

All ages are welcome. Equipment is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements.

$5 suggested donation – proceeds go toward tuition assistance.

About the artist:

Christian Kloc learned to juggle at age six after seeing the Flying Karamazov Brothers perform. What started as a basic trick became an obsession. Christian grew up attending juggling festivals across the country and performing at local events. After 23 years, he is still surprised and amazed by the power of that ‘basic trick’ to change lives and cause spontaneous outbursts of fun in the world.

Christian has taught juggling classes at the Trapeze School of New York – D.C. for the past two years. He has performed in circus productions at the Atlas Theatre, SAX Lounge and as part of the Art All Night celebration. Since 2015, he and his friends have been working on their urban photography project Street Light Circus to bring contemporary circus to the District through exhibits, workshops and online collaborations.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

August 26th – October 22nd (Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day) @ 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Rain or Shine

If you’ve spent your summer pining for hot apple dumplings and smoked turkey legs, outdoor Shakespeare and harrowing sword swallowing, live glassblowing and handmade tapestries, your wait is finally over! The Maryland Renaissance Festival will fill the void of extravagant costumes, beer steins and jousting in your life, and then some!

Get one-day tickets or season passes at this link.

Circus performers at this year’s festival include sword swallower Johnny Fox (in his 37th season!), Hoop Enchantress Erin Jeannier, comedy jugglers London Broil, extreme stunt performers The Danger Committee, Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy, mime Cybelle Pomeroy, aerial silks artist Elisabeth Herman, flea circus manager James Frank, Chicago-born juggler Jeffrey Daymont, the bendy (and balanced) duo of Acrobatrix, and street magician Todd A. Brown.

1821 Crownsville Rd.

Crownsville, MD 21032

Le Bon Ton Circus Extravaganza

September 1st @ 9 p.m. Doors, 9:30 p.m. show

Step right up and let the sexy, astonishing and hypnotizing cast of Le Bon Ton Extravaganza dazzle and charm you with feather fans, sultry moves and lots of shake and shimmy. Featuring Cherokee Rose, Isabell Epoque, and Angel. BUT WAIT! There is more – circus fun with dynamite juggler Christian Kloc. Join Le Bon Ton show for an unforgettable Extravaganza! Brought to you by Palace Productions.

Tickets are available here.

The Black Cat
1811 14th St.
Washington, D.C. 20009