Cirque du Soleil: OVO

August 16th-20th @ Eagle Bank Arena and August 23rd-27th @ Royal Farms Arena

Dive into a world of fabulously bendy and acrobatic bugs in OVO, Cirque du Soleil’s show about ‘biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion.’ The cast of characters takes a wild turn when they discover a mysterious egg and must divine what it means about the cycle of their lives. Crickets, fleas, spiders and ants will astound you like never before.

Get tickets to either location at this link.

Eagle Bank Arena
4500 Patriot Circle
Fairfax, VA 22030

Royal Farms Arena
201 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Atomic Doll Productions Presents: Shocked and Amazed!

August 5th @ 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Enter a world of unbelievable sideshow, burlesque and circus feats, featuring sword swallowing, fire arts, archery, anatomical wonders and a wild history lesson with sideshow historian James Taylor. The line-up of performers will include Gigi Deluxe, Tinderbox Circus Sideshow, Velvetina Taylor and Strother Gaines. This event is sponsored by Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Smash!, Bazaar and Subversive Zine.

Tickets are available at this link.

The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

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.

Air(realist) @ Baltimore Theatre Project

June 23rd/24th @ 8 p.m. and June 25th @ 3 p.m.

In Air(realist), veteran fliers Jayne Bernasconi and Kirsty Little use aerial feats, visual projections and metaphor to celebrate and enlighten human expression. With more than 45 years of work between them, Bernasconi and Little deliver a series of vignettes to pull out the deeper layers of time, space and altered states of mind as they soar over your heads to contemplate the artistry of an Air(realist). Tickets

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

 

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