Theres a new bigwig under the big top at circus Flora.
Ivor David Balding, the longtime artistic director of Circus Flora, is stepping down after nearly 28 years of leading the local one-ring circus. The transition will happen over the next three years as Balding’s successor, Jack Marsh, serves as his understudy to learn the ropes. Marsh will take over for the 2016 season, and Balding will stay with the circus as a consultant. For Marsh, it’s like joining the family business. His mother is Theater director cecil MacKinnon, also known as Yo-Yo the narrator. Marsh first worked for circus Flora at age 2, and has done everything from washing bleachers to juggling in the show. Marsh will continue to build on Balding’s vision for circus Flora, broadening its reach locally and beyond. “I’m used to living in a trailer in a parking lot at Grand center,” Marsh says. “I’m comfortable with that life.”
Photo credit: courtesy of Circus Flora