Ivor David Balding
Ivor David Balding began his career as stage manager for Actress Eva La Gallienne. After working for Joe Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, he founded the New Theatre in New York. During his tenure there, he produced 21 plays, including The Knack, The Ginger Man, Scuba Duba, Steambath, The Man in the Glass Booth, and Lenny. His productions were nominated for two Tony Awards and won five Obie Awards. While working for CBS Sports in Europe, Balding conceived and co-produced the Circus World Championships. Held in London, this Circus Olympics was broadcast worldwide on the BBC, followed by network specials for both CBS and NBC. Balding then managed Jimmy Chipperfield's Circus World, one of the continent's most famous circuses. While the consulting producer of the Big Apple Circus, he chose a new venue for the company in Lincoln Center Plaza, which has become an annual holiday attraction. Balding was the circus consultant to Paramount Pictures for the feature film, Big Top Pee Wee and artistic consultant for the Los Angeles Circus Festival in 1990. He also collaborated with director/choreographer Martha Clarke on Endangered Species, presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. In 1991 and 1992, Balding served as the first artistic director for First Night® - St. Louis, St. Louis' family arts festival celebrating New Year's Eve. In 1985, he co-founded Circus Flora, and has been the producer/artistic director of this highly acclaimed traditional, one-ring circus ever since. More than 23 different productions of Circus Flora have toured the U.S. at venues including the Glimmerglass Opera House; six years at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.; Lincoln Center's Ta'ziyeh; and Washington, D.C., where Circus Flora erected the first ever big top tent at The Kennedy Center. In January 2008, Balding received the Excellence in the Arts award from the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis for his lifetime dedication to the arts. This past January, he produced, in collaboration with The St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall, the highly acclaimed Floating Palace.