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Stefan Haves was hired by Cirque du Soleil in its ambitious collaboration with Disney. Haves was tasked to construct a Comic Act last-minute which was in need of leadership and direction. This was the fifth Cirque du Soleil Show in which he was entrusted with such an undertaking and the most ambitious to date. As the Producer noted upon their first call together: "Stefan, this is not your first Rodeo."
Due to his theatrical acumen, not only was Haves able to conceive a humorous offering which blended seamlessly within this production, but his Act Design supported the overall show narrative. In Drawn To Life, Clowns were not just a stand-alone comic departure from the story but played an instrumental role in its emotional climax.
"Deft elegance of the athletics and the semi-mystical symbolism of Cirque clowning pair beautifully with the inspiring process of hand-drawn animation!” -- Jason Cochran, Frommer’s
Cirque hired Stefan to bring laughs and heart to David Shiner's most clown-centric show ever. Stefan inspired the clowns and performers to define their acts by creating lasting personas.
Zaia, La Nouba, Mystere, Iris, Amaluna, and more... Haves is honored that his association with Cirque Du Soleil continues to this day.
"Kooza can be recommended without reservation, even to those who can't stand clowns." -- Richard Corliss, TIME
Jiangsu Province's first comedy circus show and Romania’s Got Talent live stadium tour both offered unique challenges: create a full-length comic circus spectacle under production constraints including an unfamiliar culture, extreme language barrier, and very limited time frame. This was a perfect opportunity for Stefan to turn obstacle to advantage. Sold-out successes.
Stefan developed the San Francisco version of this successful variety dinner show. Within the year, Stefan's creation was higher grossing than the original. Stefan attributes part of his success to his relationships with elite talent, and his ability to bring out their best. He was able to attract Joan Baez, Sally Kellerman, and Liliane Montevecchi to star in his show.
"Haves’ Cirque du Soleil's connections from the troupe’s various Las Vegas and touring shows emphasize a unique, raw physical prowess. "
-- Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times