Artistic Director and Producer Ivor David Balding is a bit of a circus and show business legend in his own right.
A prominent producer of 21 shows on Broadway, Balding has also worked with Joseph Papp, the legendary Eve La Gallienne, CBS Sports and been a successful artistic director for many entertainment and circus endeavors. Since co-founding Circus Flora in 1985, the gallant one-ring circus with a heart has become a summertime staple in St. Louis, enjoyed and celebrated by thousands.
The 25th Anniversary Jubilee edition, named “Vagabond Adventures,” is splendid big top entertainment, full of the color, comedy and animal acts you expect in a circus, plus the very special talents of the tumbling & gymnastic displays of a group of youngsters called The St. Louis Arches. But beyond that, Circus Flora has added some daring performers who will dazzle you with their fearless feats.
The Flying Wallendas are the premiere family of high-wire acts. Una Mimnagh, a specialist in aerial arts, is world-famous for her skills and unique abilities high above the circus floor. The Flying Pages are one of the most exciting trapeze acts in the world.
But what I think is most special about Circus Flora is its very personalized approach. You’ll not only be close to all the action, but the performers themselves will greet you as you leave. It may well be a kind of enchanting experience your family has never had.
It really is a thrill to shake the hand of a guy you just saw do a triple somersault on the flying trapeze.
For more information on Circus Flora, click on the link below. It will be performing on the parking lot behind Powell Hall through June 26, and the tent is air-conditioned.