It’s summer in St. Louis, and that means that it’s Circus Time again!
Yesterday my roommate and I attended a matinee performance of Circus Flora’s 2014 show, The Pawn. This makes the fourth year in a row, and we intend to continue the tradition as long as they keep having shows–hopefully for a very long time.
This has been a rough off-season for Circus Flora. First their featured clown, Nino (Giovanni Zoppé) left the troupe to concentrate on his own family circus. Then just a few weeks ago, the ringmaster David Balding died at the age of 75.
I am very pleased to say that they honored Mr. Balding’s memory with a very fine show, one that he would have been proud of. This year’s production brought a chess game to life, using the talents of acts from all over the world, some familiar, some making their St. Louis debut in this show.
Circus Flora operates in the European tradition of storytelling–the individual acts are all part of a single storyline. As I said, this years show, The Pawn, was based on a chess game with the acrobats and jugglers playing the parts of chess pieces. The St. Louis Arches, in particular, put on two extraordinary acts.
I strongly recommend Circus Flora for everyone in St. Louis, and anyone who can get to St. Louis between now and June 22nd. It is well worth the trip.