Performing Arts

The Hirshhorn purchased all four current installments of artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s  ongoing video series Me and My Mother,” including any future installments.

Why the Artist Ragnar Kjartansson Asked his Mother to Spit On Him

The Icelandic performance piece <em>Me and My Mother</em> is latest Hirshhorn acquisition

Buskers audition for licenses to make their living in the stations of the London Underground

How to Busk the London Underground

It's a lucrative gig, but it means passing a strenuous process of auditions to find the very best subway musicians

Lining up at the Big Top for the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Step Right Up to the Big Top Circus Tent at the 50th Annual Folklife Festival

The day the circus rolled into Washington, D.C., and other tales from the Smithsonian’s hot summer party on the National Mall

Trained and created for UniverSoul Circus in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Pizza Posse marries acrobatics to slap stick comedy.

Two Circus Pros Juggle History and Race to Springboard Black Entertainers

Cedric Walker and Veronica Blair share a common fascination for the history of African-American circus


This 155-mile Hike Through the Pyrenees Merges Contemporary Art With Spain's Stunning Landscapes

An art project of the Contemporary Art Center Nau Côclea brings artists and audiences together on a cultural pilgrimage

The Flamingo's 'Champagne Tower' was one of the first big pieces of neon on the Strip, seen in films like 'Viva Las Vegas.' It was installed in 1953 and removed in 1967.

The Stylish Flamingo Hotel Shaped the Las Vegas Strip

The Flamingo, still operating today, is the oldest hotel on the Strip

Comedy in Ancient Rome could be a matter of life and death.

When Actors Mixed Politics and Comedy in Ancient Rome

Laughter was one way to challenge authority, but it could also mean risking your life

Misty Copeland sees dance as a “language and a culture that people from everywhere, all over the world, can relate to and understand and come together for.”

In the Footsteps of Three Modern American Prima Ballerinas

A new exhibition shows that classical ballet and the role of the ballerina are rapidly changing

"Container Trade Object"

New Exhibition Highlights Art Inspired by Standing Rock

Art as a lens to understand the protest

Smithsonian Artifacts and Music Legends Share the Stage in Tonight's Star-Studded Television Program

Notable African-American performing artists commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American History

Singer-songwriter St. Vincent performs with color guard team Field of View.

A New Documentary Conceived by David Byrne Explores the Wonder of the Color Guard

The dazzling offshoot of the marching band gets its moment in the spotlight

New York's shrine to the performing arts has never seen a dancer quite like this.

A Huge Bronze Hippo in a Tutu Is Coming to Lincoln Center

Her name is <i>Hippo Ballerina</i>, and she’s sure to make theatergoers do a double-take

Some of the performers are circus-trained, adding authenticity to the aerial acrobatics displayed.

“Call Me Ishmael” Is the Only Melville Tradition in This Innovative Presentation of “Moby Dick”

Visceral, kinesthetic, cinematic, aural and psychological, Arena Stage’s new show about the 19th-century novel is a 21st-century experience

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Were Originally Silver

Bright red is how we remember them, but Dorothy's famous shoes had another look at the start

"I try to go into the personal stuff because I really believe that’s the most universal," says Aziz Ansari.

With "Master of None," Aziz Ansari Has Created a True American Original

The star of the breakout television series brings the voice of his generation to the masses

An archaeologist studies remains of the Curtain theater's foundations.

Shakespeare May Have Tailored "Henry V" for a Specific Theater

Archaeological digs at the Curtain theater suggest it looked very different from the Bard’s usual venues

Marina Abramović, The Artist is Present, Performance, 3 months, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2010

What to Make of Marina Abramović, the Godmother of Performance Art

Is her body of work art, magic, theater or masochism?

The Voice of Tomorrow Choir on the front porch of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture

What You Need to Know About the September 24 NMAAHC Grand Opening

Entry Passes are all gone for today, but there is plenty to see and do on the National Mall

'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins the War Against Bots

Ticket-buying bots are snatching up seats and jacking up the price of concert and theater tickets

Duke Riley's pigeons taking off for a performance of "Fly BY Night."

A Giant Flock of Pigeons Is Lighting up New York’s Night Sky

The show is meant to illustrate that pigeons aren't rats with wings

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