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The Rob Torres Tribute Book

After a year of assembling photographs, quotes, personal comments, essays, and more photographs we finally have a beautiful book to offer the fans and friends of Rob Torres.

The professional photographers that have contributed their work to the book are: Michelle Bates, John Cornicello, Rob Falk, Mark Gardiner, Maike Schulz, and Wednesday Aja. Of course, I have photographs in the book as well.

A community celebration of the life of Rob Torres.

Commentary by Paul Binder (co-founder of The Big Apple Circus), Ernest Albrecht (Spectacle Magazine), Dominque Jando (Circopedia) and Martin Ewen (clown and author).

The softcover version of the book is available here.

 

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Circus Dramaturgy Panel Discussion @ NYU Skirball Center

Circus Dramaturgy – A Panel Discussion with Shana Carroll (7 Fingers) Lorenzo Pisoni (CircusKid) and Cecil McKinnon (Circus Flora)

Part of the 7Fingers production of “Cuisine & Confession” performance presented at NYU Skirball Center on April 13th, 2017.

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For more information on The 7 Fingers shows go here!

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Circus: From Egypt to Eloise – A Panel Discussion @ La Maison Francaise

Maria Soledad Skalte
Maria Soledad Sklate introduced the evening’s panelist.
Hovey Burgess
Hovey Burgess was the moderator.
Suzi Winson of Circus Warehouse
Suzi Winson of Circus Warehouse
Duncan Wall of Circus Now
Duncan Wall of Circus Now
Cecil MacKinnon of Circus Flora
Cecil MacKinnon of Circus Flora
Jean-Pierre Dion is the Cultural Attache of the Quebec Government Office
Jean-Pierre Dion is the Cultural Attache of the Quebec Government Office

On December 12, 2013 a panel discussion was held at La Maison Francaise at NYU in New York City.
The panelist included Jean-Pierre Dion (Cultural Attache – Quebec Government Office) Cecil MacKinnon (Theater Director, Circus Flora) Duncan Wall (National Director, Circus Now) and Suzi Winson (Director and Co-Founder of Circus Warehouse)
Moderated by Hovey Burgess (Master Teacher, Graduate Acting, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU)
Presented by the NYU Skirball Center
The video posted is an excerpt from the evening's discussion and commentary on the history of circus.
The evening was introduced by Maria Soledad Sklate (Education Associate at Skirball Center)

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Circus Flora – St. Louis, Missouri

When I grew up in St. Louis the arch wasn’t there and Stan ‘The Man’ Musial played for the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis didn’t have it’s own circus either. NOW IT DOES! .

 CIRCUS FLORA

Circus Flora tent anchored in St. Louis.

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“…the world’s best circus…thrills and chills for just a few dollar bills.” Riverfront Times

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Here are some photographic highlights from the show.

Ivor David Balding

Ivor David Balding, Artisitic Director and Producer opens the show with a “Welcome”.

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Helena Reynolds appears in a magical opening moment sitting on the moon.Helena Reynolds appears in a magical opening moment hanging on the moon.

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Circus Flora ensemble company.The Circus Flora Wizard ensemble including (left to right) Kellin Quinn, Andrew Adams,  Rob Torres, Johnny Peers and Hovey Burgess.

Guest clown Rob Torres starts the show as the first act.Guest clown Rob Torres starts the show as the first act.

Rob Torres tries to tie his neck tie using instructions written in his notebook.Rob Torres tries to tie his neck tie using instructions written in his notebook.

Rob Torres takes a curtain call.Rob Torres takes a curtain call.

Johnny Peers performs with one of his wonderful dogs jumping thru a hoop for him.Johnny Peers performs with one of his wonderful ‘Muttville comix’ dogs jumping thru a hoop for him.

Johnny Peers is a very funny man and has a company of great dogs to keep him company.Johnny Peers is a very funny man and has a company of great dogs to keep him company.

Johnny Peers two dogs walk on the thinnest of cable while he watches on.Johnny Peers two dogs walk on the thinnest of cable while he watches on.

St. Louis Arches acrobatic company show off their talent.Circus Harmony‘s St. Louis Arches acrobatic company show off their talent.

St. Louis Arches member jumps thru a hoop during one of their feats of amazement.Circus Harmony’s St. Louis Arches member jumps thru a hoop during one of their feats of amazement.

St. Louis Arches finish off their act at Circus Flora.Circus Harmony’s St. Louis Arches finish off their act at Circus Flora.

Cecil McKinnon instructs the audience to look at the entrance for the next act to appear.Cecil McKinnon instructs the audience to look at the entrance for the next act to appear.

Lisa Dufresne's grand entrance on her  horse.Lisa Dufresne’s grand entrance on her beautiful horse.

Duo Aredo was Andrew Adams and Helena Reynolds.Duo Aredo was Andrew Adams and Helena Reynolds.

Duo Ardeo perform amazing physical feats.Duo Ardeo perform amazing physical feats.

Johnny Peers prepares the mathematical question for his dog to answer by selecting the right number card.Johnny Peers prepares the mathematical question for his dog to answer by selecting the right number card.

Kellin Quinn juggles with metaphysical skill during his wonderful act.Kellin Quinn juggles with metaphysical skill during his wonderful act.

Killin Quinn juggles 5 clubs.Kellin Quinn juggles5 clubs to finish off his act.

Carlos Svenson's Goats was  an amazing act with fun and skill.Carlos Svenson’s Goats was  an amazing act with fun and skill.

Circus Flora's dramaturg and performer/juggler Hovey Burgess parades past my camera.Circus Flora’s dramaturg and performer/juggler Hovey Burgess parades past my camera.

Jessica Hentoff and Cecil Mackinnon juggling in  the circus group club juggling.Jessica Hentoff and Cecil Mackinnon juggling in the circus group club juggling.

Tino Wallenda does a head stand on the wire during their act.Tino Wallenda does a head stand on the wire during the FLYING WALLENDA act.

Cecil Mackinnon looks up the aerial mastery of The Flying Wallendas.Cecil Mackinnon looks up at the aerial mastery of The Flying Wallendas.

The Flying Wallendas perform their famous pyramid high wire crossing.The Flying Wallendas perform their famous pyramid high wire crossing.

Also in the show were The Flying Pages. A wonderful trapeze act that I wasn’t able to document well.

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Some fun backstage shots!

2013.06.14_CircusFlora_032Waiting behind the tent for the show to start. Hovey Burgess, Cecil Mackinnon and Rob Torres.

Rob Torres and Carlos Svenson peek out from the tent.Rob Torres and Carlos Svenson peek out from the tent.

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