Creative Team – Celestia

CELESTIA PRODUCTION TEAM

‘Excite your senses and enter a fantasy world of stories from around the globe reimagined and retold through astonishing acrobatics, ballet, and modern dance, enhanced with live music and state-of-the-art technology.’


Comprised of extraordinary talents from across the globe with a lifetime of experience in the visual arts, the creative team is skilled at creating experiences that excite the imagination, and transport the audience into colorful worlds filled with intrigue, illuminated movement, and unforgettable amazement.

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SASHA IVANOV

President, Producer & Creative Director


Sasha Ivanov is a former Music Director for Cirque Du Soleil’s show “Kooza”. While working with Cirque Du Soleil Sasha led the band and performed using no less than seven music instruments on stage. Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Sasha started his music education at the age of five attending the prestigious Gnesin Academy of Music. By the age of 20 Sasha had come first in several international competitions and was awarded full scholarships from the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, where he continued his studies in music business. Since 2001 Sasha has produced over 60 nationally released musical albums. Some of his most recent projects include string arrangements on songs of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Twilight films, among many others. After moving to Los Angeles Sasha founded Xact Sound Productions, a recording studio, where he has worked with such artists as Snoop Dog, PINK, Alice In Chains, Will-I-Am and many others. In 2016 Sasha founded the Intrigue Shows production company where he acts as Producer and Creative Director.

ROMAN GARCIA

General Manager & Director of Operations


Roman brings 25 years of experience working for the largest Circus Company in the USA – Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. Roman is a top executive with proven global leadership and operations and sales experience in the entertainment industry. He is a Safety- focused, efficiency-driven, and consensus-building team leader. Roman has led turnaround efforts yielding financial and operational stability, innovation and growth. As a Company Manager Manager for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, Roman oversaw a cast of 110 and crew of 150 in all aspects of tour operation with focus on process efficiency, risk management and production quality. He had led exceptional senior management teams, emphasizing autonomy with accountability and has developed technical manuals for aerial acts to ensure consistency, compliance, and safety of performers, employees and audiences.

JUAN CARLOS VALENCIA

Technical Director of Acrobatic Elements


Born into a 5th generation circus family, Mr. Valencia has been employed by Europe’s largest touring stage circus group, “CIRCUS TIHANY.” For over 25 years, Mr. Valencia served as Technical Director, Head Aerial Acrobatic Coach and Head Rigger. In 2014 Mr. Valencia began
working at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey in the capacity of Stage Manager and
Supervisor for show’s highly technical load-in/load-out on a weekly basis. Over the years Mr. Valencia has produced and coached circus acts such as Flying Trapeze, Straps, Russian Swing, Juggling, Clowning, Teeter Board, Russian Bar, Bungee, Trampoline, and virtually every aerial act. Additionally Mr.Valencia had worked for the following notable companies, just to name a few: Harrah’s Hotel and Casino (Lake Tahoe), Dunes Hotel and Casino, Tihany Circus (Americas), Kobe World Fair (Japan), “That’s Incredible” TV show, Calgary Stampede and Royal London Circus.

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BONNIE STORY

Choreographer

EMMY AWARD Winning director/choreographer Bonnie Story is one of the country’s most in demand dance makers, whose work has repeatedly been featured on the hit FOX dance show “So You Think You Can Dance”. She was a choreographer on all three of Disney Channel’s smash hit “High School Musical” films, which won her the prestigious EMMY.

 

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