Circus Flora http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Reflection: The Show Goes On In Fine Form At Circus Flora http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-show-goes-fine-form-circus-flora <p>There is a big-man-size hole in the heart of St. Louis’ Circus Flora, a vacancy left by <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/david-balding-founder-circus-flora-lived-life-under-big-top" target="_blank">the death of Ivor David Balding last month at 75</a>. Balding was the founder, the sustenance and the animating spirit of the company. But this breach is masked by the magical, ephemeral costumery of the circus, and apparently, with the greatest of ease, the show indeed is going on.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:55:20 +0000 Robert W. Duffy 36826 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: The Show Goes On In Fine Form At Circus Flora On Chess: Circus Flora Plays Both Sides Of The Board http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-circus-flora-plays-both-sides-board <p>The word <em>circus</em> conjures several interpretations, a different idea according to every one’s experience. Many of those definitions, as <a href="http://www.circusflora.org/">Circus Flora</a> teaches us, can brilliantly oppose each other in both harmony and balance – and that the chess player can appreciate.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 03:12:40 +0000 Brian Jerauld 36734 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Circus Flora Plays Both Sides Of The Board Inspired By The Rich History Of Chess, Circus Flora Presents 'The Pawn' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/inspired-rich-history-chess-circus-flora-presents-pawn <h4>The Big Top is back in Grand Center for Circus Flora’s 28<sup>th</sup> season with “The Pawn,” a show inspired by the venerable game of chess.</h4><p>“Chess is a nice way to craft our story,” said Circus Flora's new artistic director Jack Marsh. “We have a large cast of …40 to 45 performers … so a game that has 32 pieces and its own inherent dramatic system in which two sides battle each other, all the pieces have different characteristics, they move in different ways. It seemed very much like it aligned with the circus and what we do. Fri, 30 May 2014 22:07:20 +0000 Camille Phillips 36601 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Inspired By The Rich History Of Chess, Circus Flora Presents 'The Pawn' Remembering Circus Flora’s David Balding http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/remembering-circus-flora-s-david-balding <p></p><p>The members of the <a href="http://www.circusflora.org/">Circus Flora</a> family were stunned and saddened when their beloved patriarch David Balding passed away on Friday, May 9. One of the members of that family is theater director Cecil MacKinnon who is also known as Yo-Yo, the Narrator. She joined <em>Cityscape </em>host Steve Potter to remember Balding.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:45:00 +0000 Mary Edwards 36220 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Remembering Circus Flora’s David Balding Commentary: The Circus Arts Thrive In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-circus-arts-thrive-st-louis <p>The modern definition of a circus is based on the ancient word referring to the actual performance area, a circle of sorts, in which gladiatorial events, chariot races, etc. took place.</p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 02:16:13 +0000 Nancy Kranzberg 29716 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: The Circus Arts Thrive In St. Louis Circus Flora Takes 'A Trip To The Moon' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/circus-flora-takes-trip-moon <p>‘A Trip to the Moon’ is a French black-and-white silent film produced in 1902.&nbsp; The plot is about a group of astronomers who take an expedition to the moon.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 21:58:34 +0000 Alex Heuer 26951 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Circus Flora Takes 'A Trip To The Moon' The St. Louis Symphony Joins The Circus http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-symphony-joins-circus <p>Each Spring, <a href="http://www.circusflora.org/">Circus Flora</a> sets up its “big top” in the parking lot of Powell Hall.&nbsp; Over the years, the Flying Wallendas, Nino the Clown, and the St. Louis Arches have become familiar to many St. Louisans. &nbsp;</p><p>For the second time, Circus Flora will move inside the hall, high wires and all, to join the <a href="http://www.stlsymphony.org/">St. Louis Symphony</a> in a holiday production which will bring to life Dylan Thomas’ classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:41:07 +0000 Mary Edwards & Alex Heuer 7168 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The St. Louis Symphony Joins The Circus