Cirque du Soleil

Longtime Cirque Du Soleil Performer Dies In Fall During Ka Performance

A Cirque Du Soleil veteran performer died Saturday night during a performance of Ka at MGM Grand. The performer has been identified as 31-year-old mother of two Sarah Guyard-Guillot.

Guyard-Guillot, who had more than 2 decades of experience in acrobatic and aerial performance, fell 50 feet to her death after slipping out of a safety wire as she was being raised up to the vertical stage. She was rushed to University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m.

“Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the [show],” said witness Dan Mosqueda. “But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.”

“The entire Cirque du Soleil family is deeply saddened by the accidental death. The artist’s immediate family has been informed of the accident. Our thoughts are with her family and the entire Cirque du Soleil family,” the organization said in a statement.

Founder Guy Laliberté said he is “heartbroken” by Guyard-Guillot’s death and noted that she “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,” he added.

Saturday night’s show was canceled immediately after Guyard-Guillot’s fall and the audience was given the option to obtain a refund or a voucher to a future show. All Ka show times have been canceled.

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Michael Jackson Estate Plans Grauman’s Ceremony

The Estate of Michael Jackson announced today that Michael Jackson will be immortalized in a hand and foot print ceremony at Hollywood’s legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012, starting at 11:00am, in a giant celebration of the Legacy of the King of Pop and the Los Angeles debut of Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour World Tour, the critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil production and top grossing tour in the United States, according to Pollstar.
 
The Estate will be joined by Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris and “Blanket” who will use their father’s sequined glove and shoes to make impressions in the cement in the famous forecourt of the theatre as family, friends and fans celebrate the legacy of the King of Pop.  The event is produced by the executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, John McClain and John Branca. A special live presentation from the cast of The Immortal World Tour will be performed , and the event will be  M.C.’d by Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live’s  anchor Billy Bush. 
 
The entire event will be streamed live via Twitter @michaeljackson with additional photos and live coverage of the event tweeted from Twitter’s music channel @twittermusic.   

Cirque du Soleil Jackson Show to Debut October 2011

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Tickets for “The Immortal World Tour” — described as a “riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that…literally turns his signature moves upside down” — went on pre-sale on Wednesday for MichaelJackson.com subscribers and Cirque Club members.

The show is one of a handful of commercial ventures backed by the estate of the late “Thriller” singer. A dance videogame called “Michael Jackson: The Experience” goes on sale in North America on November 23, a DVD set of 40 music videos covering his solo artist career is released on November 22, and an album of previously unreleased Jackson songs is in the pipeline.

Cirque du Soleil said the “Immortal” show will feature 60 performers and will take place in a “fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree — the wellspring of his creativity.

“The secrets of Michael’s inner world are unlocked — his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature,” the circus company said in a statement.

The show will be written and directed by pop music choreographer and director Jamie King, who worked for 12 years as Madonna’s creative director. King was also the mastermind behind the Britney Spears 2009 “Circus” world tour and has worked with Celine Dion, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey.

The “Immortal” show will kick off in Montreal on Oct 2, travel to several Canadian cities before making a week long stay in Las Vegas, and then move on to major U.S. cities in 2012.

Profits will be split 50:50 with the Michael Jackson estate, which protects the singer’s name and intellectual property and manages Jackson-related business.

Cirque du Soleil is currently performing shows in Las Vegas inspired by the music of Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

Jackson, 50, died suddenly in Los Angeles in June 2009. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is awaiting trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter.
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