The New Chinese Acrobats

November 9th @ 7:30 p.m.

Prepare for an amazing display of classic Chinese acrobatics fused with modern techniques in the New Chinese Acrobats. This troupe has performed acts in the Monte Carlo Circus Festival and the World Circus Festival in Paris. In this show, they’ve collaborated with Montreal-based company Cirque Éloize to create an extraordinary experience of raw talent and beautiful staging that you won’t want to miss.

Get tickets at this link.

The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Chinese Warriors of Peking

October 28th @ 4 p.m.

Behold incredible acts of juggling, acrobatics, contortion, weapons manipulation, hoop diving and live stage combat at this high-intensity reenactment of China’s annual martial arts competition from the Ming Dynasty. The Chinese Warriors of Peking present visually stunning productions and have toured their slack wire act internationally with Cirque du Soleil.

Get tickets at this link.

Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

The Fig Tree Waltzes

October 4th & 5th @ 8 p.m., October 6th @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., October 7th @ 3 p.m.

Seattle’s contemporary circus troupe Acrobatic Conundrum visits the east coast to perform ‘The Fig Tree Waltzes,’ a show that combines dance and circus, pushing its performers to their physical limits to portray humanity’s persistent fight against overwhelming odds.

Tickets are available at this link.

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

Universoul Circus

May 30th – June 17th @ Security Square, Baltimore

June 21st – July 22nd @ National Harbor

See the circus that opened last year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival with a bang, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The show frequently features stilt walking, fire manipulation, contortion, clowning and wheel of death, among other acts from around the world.

Buy tickets at this link.

Security Square
6901 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244

National Harbor
204 Waterfront St.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Weekend of Wonders Festival

June 13th-17th @ Baltimore Theatre Project

Celebrate the golden age of circus, marvel at outlandish sideshow, behold breathtaking magic, indulge in exquisite cabaret and giggle at stupendous family comedy during Baltimore’s Weekend of Wonders.

Schedule:

Wednesday, June 13 @ 8 p.m. NOVILUNIUM: A Dreambaby Cabaret
Thursday, June 14 @ 8 p.m. David London’s MAGIC OUTSIDE THE BOX
Friday, June 15 @ 8 p.m. Harley Newman’s RISKY BEHAVIOR
Saturday, June 16 @ 8 p.m. Rosman Family COMEDY REUNION
Sunday, June 17 @ 5 p.m. Happenstance Theater PINOT & AUGUSTINE

Buy individual tickets (or a festival pass) at this link. Facebook Event Page.

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

Hand to Hand Contemporary Circus Festival

May 29th – June 3rd @ FringeArts Philadelphia

Take a road trip to Philadelphia for an incredible display of circus arts at Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival. Find all the information and tickets at this link.

The lineup includes Montreal-based Barcode Circus Company performing Sweat & Ink, a surrealistic exploration of society’s relationship to memory and time. Their performers use cigar box juggling, Russian bar, hand to hand and aerial hoop to develop this theme and explain how our brains can remodel our recollections.

Also enjoy Circadium’s Innovations, a showcase of nine artists from the recently founded circus school in Philadelphia. They will perform 12 ensemble-based acts including hoop diving, juggling and contortion with live musical accompaniment.

At Test Flights, you’ll see some of the regions most ground-breaking circus artists workshop their new material that cross-pollinates with other art forms. Performers include Kyle Driggs and Andrea Murillo, members of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Sasha Harrington and Andrew Adams, Nicole Burgio and more.

Don’t miss this incredible event that represents the bright future of contemporary circus!

Schedule:
May 29th
8 p.m. Innovations, Tickets $10

May 31st
8 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under

June 1st
8 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under
June 2nd
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Circus Midway (hands-on circus activities with Circadium), Free
2 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under
June 3rd
7 p.m. Test Flights, Free

FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

‘S’ by Circa

March 12th @ 7:30 p.m.

Australia’s Circa ensemble has combined death-defying acrobatics and bold storytelling in performances since 2006. “S” fuses the daring acrobatics that Circa is known for with a dazzling pre-recorded score by the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet for a performance that has been lauded as “stunning” and “sublime” (Le Devoir). Circas first show at Strathmore will feature seven talented acrobats flying, leaping, and contorting their way through a breathtaking spectacle.

Buy tickets at this link. Use promo code CIRCA20 at checkout to get 20 percent off your order.

The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

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

 

Cirque du Soleil presents LUZIA

April 13th – June 17th @ Tyson’s Corner

Feel yourself drawn into a dreamlike state where hoop diving, cyr wheeling and hand balancing bring the places, faces and sounds of Mexico to the Cirque du Soleil stage. Colorful, high-flying and visually spectacular, LUZIA will delight audiences through traditional and modern celebrations of the country.

Get tickets now at this link.

Tysons II
8025 Galleria Drive
Tysons, VA 22102

By Metro: Silver Line, Tysons II Station