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

 

Clown Cabaret — The 7th Anniversary Show

October 9th @ 8 p.m.

Join the occasionally ebullient, sometimes sinister, but always elation-inspiring cast of D.C.’s longstanding Clown Cabaret as they celebrate 7 YEARS of laughter and what the locals like to call ‘character development.’

The sizzling line-up includes Rich Potter, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Montanaro, Graham Pilato, Gwendolyn, Wendy Burch and many more surprises!

If you never been to a Clown Cabaret, lucky number seven is not to be missed. You’ll see veterans, newcomers and in-betweeners experimenting with the multidisciplinary (and gloriously ludicrous) craft of clowning for your laughing pleasure.

And if you’re one of those ‘I don’t do clowns’ people, step out of your joyless bubble and stop being such a stick in the mud! From the Clown Cabaret web site: “Drawing from modern, theatrical, circus, commedia, verbal, silent, knockabout, musical and other disciplines, you will see a great variety under the umbrella of Clown.”

Buy tickets at this link.

Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

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.

Intermediate Dance Trapeze Monthly Meeting

Sundays, monthly (9/17, 10/15, 11/26 and 12/10) @ 1-2 p.m.

Come get tangled in the trapeze with us! We work above the bar, teaching you how to use the ropes for support to create new shapes and unusual transitions. This class is for experienced dance or single-point trapeze students. Students who register for this class should be able to invert cleanly in the ropes without jumping. Ages 16+ (Drop-ins are allowed, but we recommend that students sign up for all class times since material is cumulative.) Not sure if this class is for you? Email upspringstudio@gmail.com for more information.

View the FB event page here and register at this link.

UpSpring Studio
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

In Cabaret We Trust

September 7th, 8th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th @ 8 p.m., September 10th @ 7 p.m.

In Cabaret We Trust is a fully-immersive theatre experience featuring sideshow and variety entertainment that begins as soon as the audience arrives. It is set within the walls of the 15,000+ sq. ft. desanctified church, Blind Whino. This immersive production will highlight not only the acts on the mainstage, but also the tangled web of stories just below the surface. Drawing on influences from the Weimar Republic era, the production explores themes of power and control, as well as resistance and artistic spirit.

CulturalDC is pleased to present TBD (Tradition Be Dammed) Immersive’s theatrical experience that explores the ties between Weimar Republic-era Berlin in the 1920’s and, nearly a century later, what could be DC’s future.

Note: The September 7th date is a preview performance. Tickets are $45 for general admission, or $80 for two with code ‘DUET.’ Student tickets are $35.

Tickets are available at this link.

Blind Whino SW Arts Club
700 Delaware Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

Rope Workshop with Emiliano Ron

September 3rd @ 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Rope material of Emiliano Ron is focused on dynamic movement, such as beats, tempos and releases; and power movement requiring coordinated core strength. Many of the movements are unique and Emiliano is a leading contributor to the art of Corde Lisse. During the course, Emiliano will provide ample demonstration physically in addition to verbal instruction correction. There will be multiple ropes available at the course, lots of opportunity for one-on-one instruction from Emiliano and also plenty of time to practice the movements on your own.

Check out Emiliano’s amazing rope routine here, and sign up for the workshop at this link.

Monarca in Flight
3431-F Carlin Springs Road
Falls Church, VA 22041

Smoky Mirrors

Photo by Dani Pierce Steuber for Street Light Circus

Aug. 5th @ 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Aug. 6th @ 5 p.m.

Aerial and circus artists take audiences on a journey as they explore expectations of gender and sexual identity. Through amazing performances that will captivate and inspire, the artists demonstrate the power of accepting and embracing their true selves. Brought to you by Sweet Spot Aerial Productions.

Tickets are available at this link.

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

Circus District: Juggle Jam #8

July 21st @ 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.

8 Bit Circus S*it

Fridays and Saturdays (7/7, 7/8, 7/14, 7/15, 7/21, 7/22) @ 8 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show

In 8 Bit Circus S*itPeculiarity Productions will bring video games from the console to the stage through fire arts. If you need a more tantalizing description, this is ‘a show where pyro fighters battle for supremacy and the audience feels the terror of being trapped in the nightmare world of Silent Hill.’ So yeah… this is gonna be awesome.

Tickets $17, Fringe button also required.
Old City Farm and Guild
925 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

Performing the Border: Street Light Circus

June 17th @ 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

How can circus performance redefine a space and explore the borders drawn between one neighborhood and another, between artist and viewer, between humans and buildings? See a collection of local artists grappling with the notion of borders and barriers at Performing the Border’s Opening Reception, presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art. The reception is free and open to the public, and will feature live aerial, juggling and handstand performances by Street Light Circus throughout the exhibit.

Find out more at this link.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20016