A Length of Rope

May 12 @ 7:30 p.m.

A Length of Rope explores the significant choices we come to in life, with a rope and trapeze suspended on opposing sides of each intersection. These two circus apparatuses represent the struggle of choosing between different directions, be it a choice of place, identity, friendship, or love. There is no fourth wall in this show. Spectators see hands tremble from physical exhaustion and some portions are performed among the audience members. The show’s relatability and vulnerability invite spectators to project their own choices on the performance and explore for themselves their lost possibilities. In this way, the work is innovative, it pushes beyond circus, beyond drama, to a place of intimate connection.

Circus Artist Ariel Schmidtke has trained with Dream Science Circus in Bellingham, Wa., and studied Nouveau Cirque at France’s Academie Fratellini. Schmidtke recently said goodbye to nearly a year in Alaska to launch this ‘lower 48’ tour.


Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
5900A Greene Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Fabulous Chinese Acrobats

May 5th @ 11 a.m. and May 6th @ 1 p.m.

Delve into Chinese history and culture through the incredible performances of this youth acrobatics troupe, showcasing feats of balance with porcelain jars, tables and of course their fellow acrobats! Catch them at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, Md., with tickets available at this link. Note: Tickets to the Friday performance are $15, while the Saturday price is $25 general admission/$15 students.

Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910