This is one heartbreaking news. 😦
For the first time in its 30-year history, Canadian-based, animal-free troupe Cirque du Soleil experienced its onstage fatality. Sarah Guyard-Guillot fell from a height of approximately 50-feet to her death during the final moments of the circus’ popular Ka production staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Guyard-Guillot, a 31 year old French native and a mother of two, has been with the Ka Las Vegas production since it started in 2004 and had spent more than 22 years as an acrobatic performer.
Guy Laliberte, Cirque du Soleil founder, said in an official statement posted on Facebook that he was devastated by the tragic accident:
“I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news. 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,”
Performances of Ka have been cancelled until further notice, the statement said. My heart goes out to Sarah’s family and to the whole Cirque du Soleil team.