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December 18, 2012

Physical Comedy Workshop Presented by Circus Flora

(ST. LOUIS) Join us in January and start your New Year off with a dose of funny business! Circus Flora, St. Louis' own acclaimed and unique resident circus, is offering a special workshop as part of its year-round outreach programming.

The workshop will explore what makes a moment or a movement funny and demonstrate why and how awareness, not gimmicks, is the key to comedy! You will learn to develop and channel awareness to build character, form partnerships, and connect with an audience.

The workshop is also an opportunity for Circus Flora to meet new talent interested in our clowns on Call program. This program brings the magic of circus - and a dose of laughter and cheer - to young patients and their families at two local children's hospitals. Circus Flora is looking to expand the program in 2013.

WHAT: Circus Flora Physical Comedy Workshop with Karen Gersch
WHEN: 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6
WHERE: Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive St., 4th Floor
COST: $25 - Early Bird, By December 29 / $35 - Regular
CONTACT: Joel Emery, executive director, 314-289-4041,

About Karen Gersch
Karen Gersch is a longtime circus clown and comedy acrobat for one-ring and three-ring circuses, international festivals and national theatre productions, including Jim Henson's award-winning HBO show Fragglerock. She believes that, more than anything, clowning is an awareness art and a challenge beyond learning acrobatic or juggling skills. For the past 16 years, Karen has served as Artistic Director for "CIRCUSundays" and "SHOWBOAT SHAZZAM", a circus-variety series aboard the Waterfront Museum Showboat Barge in New York City. She runs the Circus Arts Program at the Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center and is Director of Acrobatics for Amazing Grace Circus! in Nyack, New York. Visit to learn more about Karen's work.

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