Our featured performer of the month is Elliana Grace with her one woman show: HEARTBREAK, HUMOR and HOOPS!
Elliana Grace has been in the circus since before she could even walk. Her first entry into a circus ring was on the back of an elephant at the age of 2 weeks! Raised in St. Louis, MO as a member of Circus Harmony’s élite youth troupe – the St. Louis Arches – with additional education at the École de Cirque de Québec; she has performed and taught in Montreal, Israel, Dubai, and all across America. She has extensive experience in such disciplines as lyra: (solo and duo), static and flying trapeze, tumbling, hula hoops, bareback horse riding, upside-down loop walking, and more. In 2013, she toured as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s youngest-ever female human cannonball.
Catch her 30-minute one-woman show at the City Museum of St. Louis. Her performance style combines skill, technical precision, and wholesome entertainment values with comedy and Broadway-style musicality and showmanship.
Our featured entertainer for the month of January is Laura Lippert: Charialist!
A St. Louis native and graduate of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Laura started learning aerial at Sascha’s St. Louis School of Circus Arts under the Flying Cortes. After a a few years break of going to school for welding, then interior architecture and then being a nanny in France, she decided circus was her calling and returned to Chicago to continue her circus training under Shayna Swanson. She then traveled to Sweden to train under Christian “Vippen” Vilppola and to Montreal under coaches Rachel Walker, Victor Fomine and Yury Bozyan. The art of hair hanging she learned from well known hairialist, Chris Lemon. Laura has performed and traveled all over the world including the 2012 season of St Louis’s own Circus Flora.
Laura Lippert presents her audience with a beautiful mélange of both traditional and contemporary technique and movement. Her innovative style is pervasive throughout her acts; whether they are performed using her custom-designed and fabricated chair apparatus, or through her mastery of the rare art of hair-hanging. Laura’s drive to seek out and master such a unique skill such as hanging by one’s hair is characteristic of her passion for pushing herself to explore the new and unusual, while keeping a firm basis in the traditions of her trade. The power and grace with which she navigates her many astonishing abilities is exceptional, and clearly the result of a solid foundation in dance, performance and collaborative experience. She is truly a masterful, amicable and generous performer; an uncommon talent who’s rapturous work must simply be experienced to be properly communicated. Check out our showtimes page to see when Laura will be performing in our home Circus Ring on the third floor of City Museum!