A Cirque du Soleil performer was injured in an accident during the opening night of LUZIA at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA Thursday night.
Witnesses said the woman was taking part in a swing-to-swing act, and was flying from one swing to the other when she fell and landed on her back.
The show was stopped momentarily as the woman was treated and taken away on a gurney.
Cirque du Soleil officials released the following statement:
“On Thursday, March 30th, 2017, an artist had a hard landing during the 8pm Premiere performance of Cirque du Soleil`s LUZIA in Seattle. She was taking part in the Swing-to-Swing act, the final acrobatic number of the production. All safety protocols were respected and the artist was immediately assisted by the emergency intervention team of LUZIA. The show stopped for a few minutes and restarted with the finale scene. At all times, the artist was fully conscious and in a stable state. After assessment, she was not transported to the hospital. She will return to her activities once our coaching team will have determined that she is fully ready. We thank you for your concern. LUZIA performances will keep going on as scheduled.”
Meanwhile, the show went on.
This is not the first time a performer has fallen during a Cirque du Soleil act.
In 2013, a performing fell nearly 90 feet after her harness slipped from its security wire during the Cirque production of “Ka” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The mother of two died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital according to NY Daily News.