Thursday, November 15, 2007

Serious "Zumanity" accident

As much as I admire Cirque du Soleil, it was only a matter of time before there was some horrific accident before a crowd of people, although it is surprising that it would happen in "Zumanity," which is the most dance-driven and least aerial-stunt-intensive of all their shows.

The R-J reports the woman who flies in the air on a long piece of white silk fabric fell at Tuesday night's show and is in critical condition. Also harmed was the midget who swings around with her. (Sorry, as P.C. as I am, I just can't get my head around the term "little person." Children are "little people," not adults.)

Read David Kihara's account here.

Audience members told Kihara they were traumatized. Which means, of course, some lawyer is cooking up a class-action lawsuit to force Cirque to "compensate" for the pain and suffering they've felt from what they saw.

That said, it was in poor taste that Cirque didn't stop the show. About half the audience left, horrified. Which isn't so bad because then they didn't have to sit through the sophomoric faux orgasm scene near the end.


Anonymous said...

First, Cirque Du Soleil presents true circus acts, minus animals. Part of what has always made these acts impressive is that they are difficult and/or dangerous. From time to time, there are accidents just as in any other show or circus. Cirque is known for their dedication to rehearsing rescue scenarios, so that if an accident does happen, they can continue the show. That said, the show was stopped while the performers were taken offstage and then resumed.