Tragedy in Las Vegas: Performer Dies in Cirque du Soleil Accident
Cirque du Soleil performer Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, died on Saturday after a horrifying accident during the Las Vegas show “Ka.”
Spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard told CNN that the tragedy occurred during the show's finale. The website describes the final scene as an aerial battle, requiring artists to soar up to 50 feet in the air. The choreography is achieved through wireless remotes in each costume.
Witness Dan Mosquedo described the event to the Las Vegas Sun, saying, Guyard-Guillot “was being hoisted up the side of the stage and then just plummeted down.”
He continued, “Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the choreographed fight. But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.”
Guyard-Guillot was born in Paris, studied at the Annie Fratellini Art & Circus Academy, and specialized as an acrobat and aerialist. She was also a coach with the kids fitness program Cirquefit.