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Friday, May 27, 2011

Circus Flora celebrates its 25th anniversary


The Flying Pages -- Justin Chodkowski (from left), April Brown and Eric Craft practice for their summer performance with Circus Flora at the Three Creek Farm in Weldon Springs. Circus Flora is in it's 25th season, and has a new show entitled Vagabond Adventures that begins June 2 and runs through June 26 under the big top tent in Grand Center in St. Louis.

(Dawn Majors / dmajors@post-dispatch.com)

Friday, May 27, 2011

by Calvin Wilson

from stltoday.com

Circus Flora, which is marking its 25th anniversary, presents a new show next week: "Vagabond Adventures."
The show will be staged under the Big Top in Grand Center but is a sequel to "The Floating Palace," the circus's recent collaboration with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at Powell Symphony Hall.
Recently, Go! spoke with Ivor David Balding, artistic director and producer of Circus Flora, about its landmark season.
• Did you have any idea that Circus Flora would have such staying power? I guess I did. When you start a performing-arts organization of any kind — but certainly a circus, which is very family-oriented — you want it to continue.
• There aren't that many circuses any more, are there? That's true. There's something about a one-ring circus, that intimacy, that's enormously appealing. The Big Apple Circus does very well in New York, and Circus Sarasota does very well in Sarasota, Fla.
• Does "Vagabond Adventures" pick up where the riverboat scenario, "The Floating Palace," left off? It's a takeoff, inspired by a true story. In our show, stowaways catch wind of a scheme that threatens the Floating Palace.

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