David Balding to Retire from Circus Flora
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – David Balding, founder of Circus Flora, is retiring this year after “The Pawn.”
Last night at the Regional Arts Commission on Delmar, there was a reception to kick off this year’s Circus Flora show, honor David Balding and introduce Jack Marsh.
Marsh, a Harvard-educated New York corporate attorney who grew up with Circus Flora, is replacing him. He was formerly the Associate Artistic Director.
“I’ve been with Circus Flora for years, performing as a juggler growing up and also as a tumbler—it was a really wonderful way to grow up,” he said. “I got to straddle a couple of different worlds, in that I worked with Circus Flora because my mother, Cecil McKinnon was involved, and I also attended school and had a normal childhood otherwise. Circus Flora was never too far from my mind. Right before I started working at my law firm, I was here in St. Louis helping out with our collaboration with the St. Louis Symphony in a show called ‘The Floating Palace’ in January 2011.”
Tino Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas flew in from Sarasota, Fl. last night to be at the event for Balding. The performers have been part of Circus Flora for two decades.
“It’s been a distinct pleasure for the Wallendas to have been a part of Circus Flora for 24 of the 26 years we’ve been here in St. Louis,” Wallenda said in a speech. “It’s been a delight, and one of my very good friends and associates throughout the years has been David. I’m proud to have been able to serve you, and to serve Circus Flora.”
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