Be sure to catch a performance of the Galilee Circus and the St. Louis Arches, performing at City Museum and all over the area! It’s an amazing, heart-warming collaboration that’s built lasting friendships between St. Louis kids, Jewish kids and Arab kids.
In 2007, the St. Louis Arches of Circus Harmony traveled to Israel. Their journey was recorded and became the documentary “Circus Kids,” which still screens at film festivals around the country.
What’s particularly fascinating here is that Jewish and Arab kids in Israel do not mix. They do not belong to the same clubs. They do not visit each others homes. So the Galilee Circus was a curiosity, a concern, a sociological experiment in some ways. The kids learned they have much more in common than they could have imagined and the circus arts gave them a way to trust, build teamwork and change attitudes of those who see them perform.
As Jessica Hentoff, founder of Circus Harmony, states, “These flying children are like doves of peace…They prove it doesn’t matter where you are from or what your background is, it is who YOU are and what YOU do that makes a difference. They are only children, but they have a lot to teach the rest of the world.”
For a complete listing of performances of the Galilee Arches, visit CircusHarmony.com.