The Circus and The Symphony

The Floating Palace, a collaboration of Circus Flora and the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall this past weekend can only be described as “Magical”. The story is about a circus showboat that played up and down the Mississippi River just before the Civil War. I spent most of the day Saturday capturing images of the rehearsal and performance.


Members of The St. Louis Arches with coach and director Jessica Hentoff. The group is a part of Circus Harmony, a St. Louis circus school and social circus organization that can be seen almost every weekend at City Museum.

Featured Clown, Tom Dougherty, greeting audience members before the show.

Elliaire Duet performed by Elliana Hentoff-Killian and Claire Kuciejczyk-Kernan. The girls, both 18, are members of the St. Louis Arches. Elliana has been with Circus Flora since she was six months old and performed her first trick in the ring with Nino, the clown.

Johnny Peers with his menagerie of dogs, each rescued from a pet shelter. I love how this little guy is looking at the Orchestra looking back at him.

Duo Voltart – Beautiful!

Alesya Gulevich began performing in the circus in Russia at the age of five. She currently is a two time Guinness World Record holder for simultaneously spinning the most hula hoops at one time.

The St. Louis Arches

They aren’t kidding when they say “Watch Out for Flying Children”.

Andrew Adams and Erika Gilfether, ADAMO, in a moving and romantic performance to Ballade from Karelia Suite, op.11

The Flying Wallendas/The Great Wallendas – WOW!

What a wonderful show – I hope they do it again!

Not sure how to respond to Johnny Peers who seems to have gone to the dogs.

Ever think you might want to run away with the circus? You can actually do just that in St. Louis. The classes with Circus Harmony at City Museum are open to all ages. Elizabeth Bunny Herring, center, is a student at Circus Harmony doing trapeze at age 82! Also Pictured St. Louis Arches member Iking Bateman and Director Jessica Hentoff.

Lastly, I have to share my moment of fame in the circus. I performed with Gamma Phi Circus as a college student at Illinois State University in 1978. I don’t have many pictures, but here are a couple I found.


3 Responses to “The Circus and The Symphony”

  1. Gorgeous photos. You are a talented photographer. It’s fun that you performed with Gamma Phi. My daughter Claire loves the Gamma Phi troupe.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Madonna – I have fond memories of my time with the Gamma Phi troupe.

  3. Brenda Clark says:

    Gorgeous photos. My daughter was in the show. Was hoping you may have more. I would like to purchase some. Please let me know if I may be able to view or purchase them. Sincerely, Brenda Clark

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