Cirque du Soleil dancer plummets to her death in Las Vegas

I remember watching circus shows on TV as a child. The performances even back then were breath-taking. My grand ma would sit with me, mouth hanging open in awe at the incredible daring displayed by the participants. From shoving body parts into man eating beasts’ mouths to leaping across great widths from great heights without safety nets, it seemed these people were invincible. Certainly I never had the misfortune of witnessing any tragedy.

My grand ma who was very old school would sometimes say “even our own sorcery is not this good! Whatever these people are using is fantastic! The white man uses his sorcery for good things like cars, TV, radio, entertainment, we just use ours to kill each other,” and then the argument of technology would commence. To my grand ma, technology was a refined form of sorcery. Kpam. No arguments.

Of course I would laugh at her “ignorance” and all that.

Reading this story those talks I regularly had with dear old Mama Shatu just came to mind. Whatever sorcery was employed failed this time. Why? Accidents happen even in the best planned circumstances. In this case, the safety wire slipped off. I wish there had been a safety net as well. That would have broken her fall and perhaps just left her a trifle shaken and bruised but certainly not dead.

Alas, for entertainment purposes, the higher the risk factor, the more exciting for the performer and the entertained.

My pain here, apart form the life that has been so brutally cut short, is for those two beautiful children who will need a long time to finally grasp why mummy went to work one day and took a short cut to heaven instead of coming back home as she promised.

She was obviously a great and experienced entertainer. May God rest her soul.

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Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a dancer in ‘Ka’ at the MGM Grand, fell more than 50 feet Saturday night. She was 31.


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	In this Nov. 28, 2008, photo, Sarah Guyard-Guillot, left, and Sami Tiaumassi perform as "Forest People" during Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" at MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas. Guyard-Guillot, a mother of two young children, was pronounced dead at a hospital late Saturday night, June 29, 2013, after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage during a performance of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka." 

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Sarah Guyard-Guillot, left, and Sami Tiaumassi perform as Forest People during Cirque du Soleil‘s ‘Ka’ in 2008 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Guyard-Guillot, mother of two young children, was pronounced dead at a hospital late Saturday night after falling about 50 feet from the show’s stage during a performance of the show.

A dancer plummeted to her death in the middle of a Cirque du Soleil performance in Las Vegas — the first such casualty in the daring acrobatic show — as horrified members of the audience looked on.

Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a dancer in the Cirque production of “Ka” at the MGM Grand, died Saturday night after a gruesome fall from the production’s stage, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Cirque du Soleil performer Sarah Guyard-Guillot is shown here with her two children. Guyard-Guillot plunged to her death during the troupe's performance at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

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Cirque du Soleil performer Sarah Guyard-Guillot is shown here with her two children. Guyard-Guillot plunged to her death during the troupe’s performance at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

 

It was the first reported death from an onstage accident in the show’s 30-year history.

Guyard-Guillot, a 31-year-old mother of two young children, reportedly slipped free of her safety wire and plummeted more than 50 feet to the open pit below the performers Saturday evening toward the end of the performance.

A scene from the Cirque du Soleil show 'Ka.' Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a mother of two, fell to her death while performing in the show Saturday night.

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A scene from the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Ka.’ Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a mother of two, fell to her death while performing in the show Saturday night.

 

Guyard-Guillot, a 22-year veteran of acrobatic performances and a cast member of “Ka” since its inaugural 2006 run, had been suspended by a wire from the production’s vertical stage during the show’s epic final scene when the grave error occurred.

The show briefly continued, members of the audience told the Sun, before screams from fellow performers halted the music and the show.

“You could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage,” Dan Mosqueda, who was in attendance, told the Sun.

In a release, Cirque du Soleil said the company was “deeply saddened by the accidental death of Sarah (Sassoon) Guyard.”

“Our thoughts are with her family and the entire Cirque du Soleil family,” the statement read.

Further performances of “Ka” have been canceled “until further notice,” the company said.

Cirque’s founder, Guy Laliberte, issued a separate statement expressing his personal devastation.

“I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news,” Laliberte said.

“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,” Laliberte said, adding that the company is cooperating with authorities.

 

 

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