Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret

February 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd, March 1st and 2nd @ 7:30/8 p.m.

TBD Immersive, D.C.’s premier creator of choose-your-own-adventure, interactive theatrical experiences, is turning back the clock on its previous shows to bring you Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret. Featuring their usual cast of high-brow aristocrats, circus misfits and undercover renegades, this show tells the origin story of a hidden cabaret with revolutionary motifs.

If you enjoy mysterious plot lines, pop-up circus performances and bizarre twists of fate, then this show is for you.

Get tickets at this link. Note: VIP ticket holders receive early admission to the venue and a special tour at 7:30 p.m., while regular admission is at 8 p.m.

The Whittemore House

1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

Homebodies

February 14th-17th @ Baltimore Theatre Project

Puppeteers extraordinaire Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmstead Thomas reprise their whimsical and comedic production of Homebodies, the story of a sweetly off-kilter partnership centered around a trunk-sized wooden box full of enchanting twists and turns. A combination of engineering, improv, puppetry and culinary arts that will delight all ages.

Get tickets at this link.

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

Momix: Opus Cactus

January 25th @8 p.m.

Momix is a Connecticut-born dance company that blurs the lines between dance, circus and visual architecture. Drawing on the acrobatic maneuvers of partner balancing, wheel apparatuses, pole vaulting and aerial arts, their creation Opus Cactus brings to life the stark landscape of the American Southwest.

Get tickets at this link.

During the federal government shutdown, federal employees with valid government-issued ID get up to two $5 tickets per ID shown at the box office. Subject to availability.

GMU Center for the Arts
4400 University Drive, MS2F5
Fairfax, VA 22030

Physical Comedy Workshop Series

January 28th – March 11th @ Monday evenings 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

(No class on February 18th)

In this six-class workshops series, you will explore the physical techniques that support comic performance, with exercises in stillness, reaction, mimetic gesture, physical characterization, status, clown and much more. Mark draws on his training with Étienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau. Sabrina draws on her training in the LeCoq pedagogy with concentration in the realm of the theatrical clown. Their complementary approaches combine to address both nuts-and-bolts technical skills and more elusive issues of honesty, presence and accessibility.

Taught by Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, artistic co-directors of the award winning ensemble Happenstance Theater.

Register at this link. Cost: $335

The Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 8th St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Visions of Love

January 11th – February 9th @ Various Showtimes

Pointless Theatre Co. presents ‘Visions of Love,’ a stage adaptation of the classic Charlie Chaplin film City Lights, which tells the tale of a young man hopelessly trying to help a blind woman after falling in love with her. This production features Kerry McGee as the tramp and Sharalys Silva as the blind woman, and the puppetry of Alex Vernon.

Get tickets to any of the following showtimes at this link.

Thursdays/Fridays @ 8 p.m.
Saturdays @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays @ 7 p.m.

Bonus: If you would like to see the film that this show is based on, visit the Old Greenbelt Theatre on Monday, February 4th at 1 p.m. for a FREE screening! Event link.

Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 20th and 21st @ 7:30 p.m.

December 22nd and 23rd @ 2 p.m.

Enjoy a world full of talented circus artists in the form of penguins on rola bolas, reindeer skipping rope, toy soldiers on slack wire and more in Cirque Dreams Holidaze. This two-hour holiday-themed show brings ornaments to life, with live singing and hundreds of props and costumes to delight the whole family.

Get tickets at this link.

Theater at MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Ave.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

DC Weirdo Show: Sideshow Tarot

October 19th @ 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show

Celebrate D.C.’s most eccentric talents in a city that’s stranger than fiction at the DC Weirdo Show: Sideshow Tarot. The line-up includes sword-swallowing, burlesque, drag, levi-wand and more. You’re guaranteed to be surprised, shocked and all-together delighted by this production, which has been a faithful steward of the abnormal arts since 2006.

Get tickets at this link. Follow the DC Weirdo Show on Facebook here.

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

Paradise Found: Paradise by the Jack ‘O Lantern Light

October 26th @ 10:30 p.m. doors, 11 p.m. show

To quote Meatloaf, “It never felt so good, it never felt so right, and we’re glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife.” They’ve got sideshow beauties! They’ve got dirty ditties! They’ve got pole dancing! New York Burlesque Scene Queen Honi Harlow and Alt. Dragster Lucrezia Blozia will get your Halloween weekend (and your pulse) revved up with Paradise Found: Paradise by the Jack O’ Lantern Light! Paradise Found is a new variety show at Jordin’s Paradise Wellness Center and Dance Studio in Dupont Circle.

Featuring:
Dirty ditties by Eva Brontosaurus
Lyra and Pole by Val Oliphant
Pole and Lyra by Fernando Maldonado
Sideshow by Sally Cinch
Burlesque by Short Staxx
Chanteusin’ by Honi Harlow

Tickets are $10 at the door. You can RSVP at the Facebook event page here. This show is BYOB.

Jordin’s Paradise
1215 Connecticut Ave. NW, 4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20035

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