Working with diverse communities of young people in South Africa and the USA, Zip Zap Circus helps kids "Dare to Dream" and empowers them to make those dreams a reality.

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A Benefit Performance in Support of Zip Zap Circus USA

Part of the INTERSECTIONS Festival

The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre

March 4, 2017

1:00 pm and 6:00 pm



This brand-new Zip Zap Circus benefit show is a fun and uplifting mash-up of poetry, live music, and circus amazement for all ages.

Rise! is an hour of wonder celebrating our human capacity to rise up to create joy, love, and light. Featuring renowned clown-poet-philosopher-storyteller Bill Forchion and friends, Rise! is a unique collaboration of talented artists from the Baltimore and Washington area and beyond.

For the seventh year in a row, our circus community comes together at the INTERSECTIONS Festival as volunteer artists and technicians to support the transformational work of Zip Zap Circus in South Africa and North America.

Tickets are are available through the Atlas Performing Arts Center box office:

If you have questions about the event or would like to volunteer, please contact us directly at:, or by phone at (202) 657-5947.


We had a great time performing at the Kennedy Center on November 3rd.


Watch the full show video here:

About Zip Zap: Circus Arts for Social Transformation

Since its founding in 1992 in Cape Town, South Africa, The Zip Zap School of Circus Arts for Social Change has used the magic of circus to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap’s programs help kids “Dare to Dream” and learn to make those dreams a reality.  Zip Zap programs are always free to the participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations.

In 2006, friends and supporters of Zip Zap in the USA created Zip Zap Circus USA, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization run entirely by volunteers, dedicated to supporting and conducting training in circus arts and performance as a powerful tool for social transformation, youth empowerment, team-building and community uplift. We have a particular focus on youth at risk and children living with HIV/AIDS in underserved communities. With the support and participation of donors and volunteers in the US and around the world, along with Cirque du Soleil’s social action program, Zip Zap is committed to transforming young lives.

We hope that you will join us.