Cirque Du Soleil To Resume Vegas Show After Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Cirque du Soleil will resume performances of its show "Ka" in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, 17 days after an acrobat fell about 90 feet to her death in its closing scene.

But troupe spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard says in a news release that the show will resume without the final aerial battle scene that resulted in the June 29 death of Sarah Guillot-Guyard.

She says the decision to resume the show was made after consultation with the production's artists and staff, and Tuesday night's show will be dedicated to the late performer's memory.

The battle scene act will be replaced with a "dressing-ritual" scene that maintains both the story line of the production and its 90-minute length.

Coroner's officials have ruled the 31-year-old Guillot-Guyard's death an accident.


Associated Press Release

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas.

Sarah Guyard-Guillot was pronounced dead late Saturday night at a hospital after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage.

Witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun (http://bit.ly/14H3Te0 ) that the accident occurred near the end of the production Saturday night at the MGM Grand.

Visitor Dan Mosqueda of Colorado Springs, Colo., told the newspaper that the performer was being hoisted up the side of the stage when she slipped free of her safety wire and plummeted to an open pit.

Cirque officials issued a statement saying they were "deeply saddened" by the death and that performances of "Ka" have been canceled until further notice.

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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com


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