We have some really sad news to pass along today. Cirque du Soleil is one of the most loved and most respected performance experiences out there, and although I haven’t been to a show myself yet I’ve heard great things. Sadly, the show experienced its first tragedy on Saturday night when one of its performers Sarah “Sassoon” Guyard fell 50 feet to her death. This happened in Las Vegas, during MGM Grand’s Ka show. Click inside to learn more.
People has the story:
Cirque Du Soleil performer Sarah (Sassoon) Guyard died after falling 50 feet during a performance in Las Vegas Saturday night.
The incident occurred at MGM Grand’s Ka, the same evening the company celebrated the opening on its 8th Vegas show, Michael Jackson ONE.
In a statement released by a spokesperson, the performance organization, saying, “The entire Cirque du Soleil family is deeply saddened by the accidental death,” also said, “The artist’s immediate family has been informed of the accident. Our thoughts are with her family and the entire Cirque du Soleil family.”
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, in his own statement, added: “I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news.”
He went on to say, “Sassoon was an artist with the original cast of Ka since 2006 and has been an integral part of our Cirque du Soleil tight family. 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.”
The organization said it is been working with the appropriate authorities and is offering it full cooperation. All performances of Ka have been cancelled until further notice.
This is the first reported death in the famed acrobatic company’s 30-year history. A comment from Cirque officials is expected Sunday afternoon.
According to audience members, the performer was suspended by a wire during the latter part of the show when she simply fell.
One audience member Tweeted about the incident, saying the “wire snapped” and the performer “fell fast & awkwardly at least 50 feet”.
The show was canceled after the incident.
This is just terrible; such a horrible incident for everyone involved. Like I said, I’ve never seen a performance live but I’ve watched some videos and the work of these performers is so incredible, and so frightening at times. I can’t imagine how the people who witnessed it, and how her family must feel right now.
Here’s hoping Sarah’s family, friends, and fellow-performers find some comfort during this time.