A Trip to the Moon
Circus Flora Soars to the Moon for its 27th Big Top Production
Powered by Ameren, St. Louis’ own one-ring circus announces an all-new show, A Trip to the Moon, channeling Georges Méliès’ iconic film, May 30 – June 23
Tickets on sale March 1
In its 27th big top production, St. Louis’ own Circus Flora goes where no circus has gone before: to the moon. Powered by Ameren and inspired by Georges Méliès’ groundbreaking 1902 film, A Trip to the Moon, Circus Flora's creative team captures the film’s imaginative spirit under the big top, May 30 through June 23, next to Powell Hall.
Circus Flora’s A Trip to the Moon borrows this iconic piece of cinematic history and Méliès’ artistic instruments to construct the visual styling, costuming and narrative elements for its 2013 production.
An illusionist and magician by training, Méliès is revered as the father of narrative cinema and a pioneer of special effects like stop-motion photography, dissolves, multiple exposures, and hand-painted color. He was also in part the inspiration for the 2011 Academy Award-nominated film, Hugo.
“I see a kindred spirit in Méliès,” said David Balding, Circus Flora’s artistic director and producer. “He knew how to transport his audience and suspend their belief of what was possible. And yet over time, our world has become so dominated by what we see on screens that our immediate response is disbelief. I like to think that we are channeling Méliès’ aesthetic to show our audience what is possible in very real acts of physical daring.”
A Trip to the Moon incorporates a world-class roster of performers and musicians into its reimagination of the iconic film, including the beloved Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix, star equestrian Lisa Dufresne, Carlos Svenson and his Magical Flying Goats, Yo-Yo the Narrator, the St. Louis Arches, and the Circus Flora band led by Janine Del’Arte. Also taking center stage are “International Man of Mirth” Rob Torres, Mad Scientist (and juggler) Kellin Quinn, and Andrew Adams and Helena Reynolds in an aerial performance that could only happen outside the bonds of Earth’s gravity.
Also appearing are favorites The Flying Wallendas and The Flying Pages. This year, the Pages take to the sky in an all-female flying ensemble never before seen in St. Louis. “I find it fascinating and moving that Méliès’ film came from a time that could barely imagine commercial aviation, let alone space travel,” Balding said. “To this day, the moon remains a symbol of the limitless possibilities of humanity – much like the sight of a woman on the flying trapeze or a man walking on the wire.”
Tickets start at $10 and go on sale March 1; group tickets are available now. A Trip to the Moon opens May 30 with a peanut-free preview and runs through June 23.
Show times are Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m.; and “Little Top Wednesday” at 10 a.m., a special one-hour show for smaller kids or the “kids at heart.”
Call 314-289-4040 or visit www.circusflora.org for tickets and more information. Tickets are also available at the Circus Flora Box Office in the Centene Center for the Arts & Education, 3547 Olive St. Group discounts are now available for groups of 20 or more. Visit www.circusflora.org for more information.
Founded in St. Louis in 1987, Circus Flora is a nonprofit performing arts organization dedicated to sharing the magic of classic, one-ring circus with audiences of all ages. Circus Flora raises its big top every summer in the arts district at Grand Center. In addition to its main season production, Circus Flora collaborates with a variety of organizations and businesses throughout the year, appearing at festivals, events, and community and school programs. Its year-round Clowns on Call program brings laughter and magic to thousands of patients and their families every year at two St. Louis-area children’s hospitals.