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

Clown Town Workshop with Elena Day

Sundays (2): February 4th and March 18th @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesdays: February 6th – March 20th @ 7 – 9 p.m.

Dive into red-nosed clowning with Elena Day!

This course will focus on the joyful intensity of playing. Through a series of games, exercises and observations, you will discover your brand of funny, and learn to share it directly with the audience. With the body as your guide, you will analyze your ways of moving and create your ‘clown form.’ Playing with and through this form, your clown will arrive vibrant, unique and funny!

Elena day trained at L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq and is influenced by the work of clown pedagogue and movement artist Giovanni Fusetti. Elena has appeared as multiple characters with Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Florida and Cirque Mechanics in Nevada, but she is based in DC and performs locally with companies like Happenstance Theater.

Early bird registration is $275. After January 15th, the course is $325. Email dayable@gmail.com to register.

Address:

Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

 

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

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