Cirque du Soleil dancer plummets to her death in Las Vegas
Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a dancer in ‘Ka’ at the MGM Grand, fell more than 50 feet Saturday night. She was 31.
By Adam Edelman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, June 30, 2013,
Cirque du Soleil
Guyard-Guillot was a 22-year veteran of acrobatic performances and a cast member of “Ka” since its inaugural 2006 run.
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 helplessly.
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.
It was the first reported death from an onstage accident in the show’s 30-year history.
Dancers perform during the Cirque du Soleil premiere party for the new show “KA” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 4, 2005. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) Original Filename: CIRQUE_DU_SOLEIL_KA_NVIB106.jpg
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.
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.
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The MGM Grand. After the fall, the show briefly continued but was halted by screams from fellow performers.
“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.
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An acrobat performs in “Ka.” Guyard-Guillot, a mother of two, was suspended by a wire.
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.