A French performer in Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” died after falling from the show’s stage in Las Vegas at MGM Grand.
Sarah Guyard-Guillot fell at the end of the production and according to witnesses, the acrobatic artist was being hoisted up for the vertical performance when her safety wire detached and she fell down about 50 feet from the stage.
A visitor from the show said in an interview to The Las Vegas Sun, “Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the show. But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.”
The founder of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, cancelled the future shows of “Ka” and said in his statement after the unfortunate incident that he intends to reach out to Sarah Guyard-Guillot’s family.
“I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated. We are reminded with great humility and respect how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family.”
Guyard-Guillot was a mother of two and a professional acrobatic performer working for over 20 years. She had been a part of the original cast of “Ka” since 2006.
Cirque du Soleil is an international entertainment company and the incident is being looked into by Cirque’s officials.
You can watch a portion of the Cirque du Soleil’s performance from that night in the video below. The act looks indeed dangerous and the artists literally put their lives in grave danger during the performances.