Pole-usical 2017: Rent!

October 20th @ 8 p.m., October 21st @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Pole Pressure presents Pole-usical 2017, this year based on the musical Rent, incorporating acts on multiple apparatuses, but focusing chiefly on pole acrobatics. You will have three chances to catch this show. Tickets are $20 and are available at this link.

Pole Pressure Downtown DC
1322 14th St. NW, Second Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

Night at the Cabaret – A Fundraiser for Puerto Rico

October 14th @ 8 p.m.

Join your circus friends in gathering for a spectacular night of entertainment benefiting Save the Children’s Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund. Enjoy a grand slate of circus acts including aerial, contortion, burlesque and singing. Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win awesome prizes like aerial and fitness classes, hula hoops and ice cream parties.

If you are unable to attend, you can still buy an absentee ticket and donate any amount you choose to this important cause.

Sponsored by EmPOWERedMD and Boss Babes Aerial.

Get tickets at this FB event link or through the Eventbrite page.

Empowered Fitness
8019 Belair Rd.
Suite #1
Baltimore, MD 21236

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

The Amazing Acro Cats

October 5th/6th @ 7 p.m., October 7th @ 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., October 8th @ 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., October 9th @ 1 p.m.

The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for over 200 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road, and tour the nation’s stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! A portion of the proceeds always benefits our mobile foster and rescue efforts. They have cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, our rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump!

The finale is the ONLY ALL-CAT BAND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats! The current band lineup features Oz on guitar, Asti on drums, Nue on keyboard, and NOW some brand new members: Ahi and Albacore on cowbell and woodblocks, Buggles on trumpet, and even a chicken – Cluck Norris – rockin’ the tambourine! “I can die happy now!” an audience member has claimed after seeing the band.

We are proud to announce we will be partnered with https://novacatclinic.com/client-resources/chris-griffey-memorial-fund/ Chris Griffey Feline Memorial Fund. These funds will be used to help foster kittens at risk with veterinary services and adoption services. The funds are also used to help cat owners with financial hardships.

Get more information and tickets at this link.

Next Stop Theatre
269 Sunset Park Dr
Herndon, VA 20170.

Movement Workshop for Professional Performers

October 10th @ 7-9 p.m.

What do you get when you cross Marcel Marceau and Anna Pavlova? Answer: Karen Montanaro – The Aragon Herold-Spain

This workshop explores movement as a universal language; a way of communicating with an audience and also a way of communicating with oneself. Movement is visible, whereas the experience of moving is invisible. In this way, movement may be used to integrate ourselves — to harmonize our public and private sides so that the inner world of experience and the outer world of expression work optimally together.

Ultimately, this workshop is about knowing what you want to convey, sensing what your audience “sees” and bringing the two together with eloquence and personal style.

About Karen:
Karen is a solo performer, an award-winning choreographer, and the innovator of “mimedance” (the fusion of two classical art forms). Karen studied ballet at the Cantarella School of Dance, the Ram Island Dance Center and on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School. She danced professionally with the Ohio Ballet and the Darmstadt Opera Ballet in Germany. Upon moving back to the Unites States, Karen also danced principal roles with the Portland Ballet Company. For more than a decade, Karen toured and taught internationally with mime master, Tony Montanaro. She currently tours the world with her one-woman show entitled “Tanzspiel.”

Ms. Montanaro is a teaching artist and offers residencies in movement, mime and dance in public and private schools throughout the United States. www.mimedance.com

REGISTER HERE: paypal.me/paywendynow/60

Silver Spring Black Box
8641 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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

Injury Prevention for Circus Artists

September 17th @ 5-7 p.m.

Injuries and weakness can impede your progression as an aerialist/acrobat so prevention and knowledge are ideal ways to keep you in the studio and inspired!

Angie Prescott PT, DPT, CMPT, CSCS has over 20 years experience in gymnastics and acrobatics and has been in the field of rehabilitation, physical therapy and sports medicine for 13 years. Her love of acrobatics and aerials has led her to become a specialist in the injuries that these athletes commonly see. Owner of ACRO Physical Therapy & Fitness, her goal is to “inspire individuality” by providing evidence-based treatment and information so that her patients and clients can pursue their life and fitness goals without limitation or pain.

In this seminar, Angie will be discussing the core, upper back and shoulders. Participants will be given an overview of basic anatomy, normal function and common injuries that an aerialist/acrobat needs to watch out for. Beyond that – the class involves significant audience participation as there will be a strengthening and stretching program reviewed and provided with the goal of minimizing your injury risk and progressing your training.

Purchase tickets to the workshop at this link.

Mobtown Ballroom
861 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230

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