October 30, 2013 |
Four years after his death, Michael Jackson has shown no signs of slowing down. In the last year, the late king of pop has earned $160 million, making him Forbes' top-earning dead celebrity . The Cirque du Soleil spectacles “Immortal” and “One” -- both anchored by Jackson's ubiquitous discography -- are currently dazzling audiences, and his hits have been repackaged in numerous compilations. But it's the way Jackson's music has been used to bolster posthumous projects that has drawn the ire of one of his most well-known collaborators and sparked a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.
October 29, 2013 |
Cirque du Soleil and casino-hotel MGM Grand failed to protect the safety of performers and workers when an aerialist fell to her death during a Las Vegas show this year, Nevada safety officials said Thursday. The Cirque show “Ka” was nearing its finale June 29 when Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as Sassoon, plummeted into a pit in front of a shocked audience . Killed by blunt-force trauma, she was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her death was thought to be the first during a performance in Cirque's 29-year history.
October 17, 2013 |
How to enumerate the myriad wonders and delights of “Totem,” now taking its viewers on a dazzling trek from the primordial to the cosmic? For starters, there's Cirque du Soleil's signature yellow-and-blue Grand Chapiteau, rising from the Port of Los Angeles like a pasha's tent by Marc Chagall. Inside, designer Carl Fillion's strategic, surprise-laden set sports a giant tortoise shell down center, putting our senses on immediate high alert. Composers-musical directors Bob & Bill concoct a burst of pan flute and traditional drums, delivered by the redoubtable musicians hidden behind the marsh reeds upstage.
August 14, 2013 |
Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama marks its 31st anniversary this year, returning to Los Angeles on Sept. 12 with a show featuring fashion, the Backstreet Boys and a troupe from Cirque du Soleil. Macy's puts on the Glamorama show annually in Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with funds earmarked for local charities. In L.A. and San Francisco, the money has gone to support HIV/AIDS research and charities, to the tune of a combined $31 million. The late Elizabeth Taylor was founding chair of the event, helping to raise awareness along with money.
July 15, 2013 |
Performances of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" will resume on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, 17 days after an aerialist fell to her death during a performance of the popular show. Cirque has scheduled one performance per day of "Ka" through Friday; starting July 23, "Ka" will resume its usual two-shows-per-day schedule, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died after falling 90 feet during the final part of the performance. The Clark County coroner's office ruled that she died from multiple blunt-force trauma and that the death was accidental.
July 1, 2013 |
The death of a Cirque du Soleil acrobat following a fall during a performance of "Ka" on Saturday shocked audience members at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. The Times reported that some in the audience saw Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, fall to her death near the end of the show after she apparently lost her balance or grip from her position dangling high above the stage. Cirque founder Guy Laliberte said in a statement that he wishes "to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family.