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

A Dark Winter’s Circus

February 24th @ 7 p.m. (5:30 p.m. doors) and February 25th @ 2 p.m. (1 p.m. doors)

In the Dark Circus Arts is proud to present their student showcase, “A Dark Winter’s Circus.’ Their courageous students will embrace the darkness of the season with a tribute to things that go bump in the night, along with things that chill and invoke fright. Students will perform amazing acts on the aerial fabrics, lyra, trapeze, sling and strappy loops. Come out and and see how Baltimore’s most fun and fascinating group of people spend their recreational time!

Enjoy a full bar at the venue prior to the performance.

The shows are currently sold out, but you can try posting in the discussion section of the Facebook Event Page to see if anyone has a spare ticket!

Mobtown Ballroom
861 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230

Alter Circus presents: Hysterical

February 25th @ 3:30 p.m.

In a poetic blend of circus and performance art, seven artists use dazzling stunts to convey the real-world theatrics women face in the quest for equality. Featuring a cast of six strong female leads and some male eye candy, Hysterical shares stories of women’s opinions, nerves, and naked ambition.

Buy tickets at this link.

Content information: Swearing or coarse language – rare or mild, Sexual content – rare or mild. Best suited to age 13+.

About Alter Circus

Alter Circus is a feminist company, which uses contemporary circus and performance art as vehicles to challenge gender norms and celebrate the rebellious spirit, strength, and grace of women. The company’s founder and director, Jessica John, rejects narrative structure as a primary humanizing device and allows virtuosity to flourish alongside Alter’s compelling visuals.

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

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

 

2nd Annual C4 Event — Monarca in Flight

April 26th-29th @ Monarca in Flight

Enjoy four explosive days of Circus, Circus, Circus, Circus! Register for workshops in sling, lyra, fabric, trapeze, German wheel, acro, makeup, and much more. The illustrious list of instructors includes Ukoiya Mastin, Benn Mendoza, Bobby Taylor, Chris Delgado, Jessica John, Gwynne Flanagan, Kat Milburn, Acoatzin Torres and Kat Stroot.

Register at this link, to snag your spot before this amazing weekend sells out!

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

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