There are a lot of reasons to like St. Louis, Missouri.
For example, we’ve got a circus.
Seriously. Circus Flora was established in 1986 as a permanent preforming arts center, dedicated to the preservation of the traditional European style circus. They preform a single ring ensemble show and it is fantastic.
Unlike American-style circuses, the Circus Flora show is a theatrical production narrated by the ringmaster and acted by the performers. The acts are woven together to tell a story.
Last year’s show was Vagabond Adventures, based on the memoir of the same name about a young man who joins a theatrical troupe on a riverboat. This year’s show is called The Wizard and is retelling of the legend of King Arthur. Next year’s show will be A Trip To The Moon, based on the short film by Georges Méliès, which should very interesting.
The acts themselves are spectacular–The Flying Wallendas, Giovanni Zoppé (aka Nino the clown), Shayna Swanson, and The St. Louis Arches, which is the youth troupe of Circus Harmony, St. Louis’ own circus school which teaches juggling, tumbling, magic, stilt-walking, and the like.
Circus Flora is also dedicated to making their art available to everyone–tickets start at $8.00, which is a bargain, and they have a very active outreach program to donate tickets to families who can’t afford them.
Honestly, I can’t say enough about this troupe.