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July 15, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
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January 31, 2014 | By David Ng
"Play Dead," the ghoulish stage show that has run in Las Vegas, New York and most recently at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, explores the grisly side of the occult and features macabre magic tricks and illusions performed by a menacingly charming Todd Robbins. The creators of the show -- Robbins and the illusionist Teller -- are now working on turning the production into a TV series. In an email, Robbins described the series' premise as "Breaking Bad" meets "True Blood," with copious amounts of blood and sex. "The series chronicles a traveling theatrical troupe that, under the guise of performing a quirky magic show of spooky amusement, presents experimentations of alchemistic procedures for the resurrection of the dead," wrote Robbins.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
NATIONAL
November 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Cirque du Soleil suffered another mishap in Las Vegas last week when a performer fell during a show, the company announced in a Facebook post. The accident Friday came just three days after regulators slapped Cirque with six citations alleging work-safety violations connected to the death of an aerialist during a performance of "Ka" at the MGM Grand in June. The latest incident happened during the 7 p.m. showing of "Zarkana" at the Aria casino-hotel, when a performer slipped off the so-called Wheel of Death.
NATIONAL
June 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, John Glionna and Rebecca Keegan
LAS VEGAS -- At first, Heather Bell thought the falling woman was part of the show, and she turned to her sister Madelyn and said, "Whoa. " On Saturday night inside the MGM Grand, Cirque du Soleil's 9:30 p.m. performance of "Ka" -- an elaborate acrobatic production featuring the company's trademark, daring aerial work -- had reached its climactic battle scene, and something had just gone very wrong. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as "Sassoon," had been dangling near a catwalk hidden far over the stage when the Bell sisters saw her suddenly go into a free fall and tumble out of sight.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Susan Denley
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2009 | David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council is weighing a plan to issue a $30-million loan that would allow the owner of the Hollywood & Highland shopping mall to retrofit a theater so it can house a decade of performances by Cirque du Soleil. CIM Group, which owns Hollywood & Highland but leases the Kodak Theatre within the mall, hopes to bring the acrobatic performances to the venue starting in 2011.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
For anyone who has avoided seeing a Cirque du Soleil show for fear that the world-music soundtrack, fantasy costumes and relentless gymnastic performances would lead to eye-gouging and running for the aisles, the new film "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" will likely confirm all those presuppositions. The movie has a vague storyline, as a young woman pursues a male circus performer and they both wind up in an alternate world, but it is mostly just a pretense to feature set-piece performances from seven separate Cirque shows.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2009 | Roger Vincent
It's an old Hollywood story: a well-liked performer with a pretty face who just can't deliver the goods every time. In this case the performer is the Kodak Theatre, glamorous temple of the Academy Awards seen one night each year on television by millions of people. But on far too many other nights, the vast theater tucked into the Hollywood & Highland shopping center is dark and not generating revenues or taxes, its operators say.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By David Ng
Cirque du Soleil said it will appeal the six citations named by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the June death of an aerialist during a performance of  its "Ka" show in Las Vegas.  OSHA said Tuesday that it is proposing six citations against Cirque du Soleil, saying that the Montreal company didn't provide proper training for the performer and didn't properly assess the workplace for hazards.  Citations from the safety...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By David Ng
Cirque du Soleil said it will appeal the six citations named by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the June death of an aerialist during a performance of  its "Ka" show in Las Vegas.  OSHA said Tuesday that it is proposing six citations against Cirque du Soleil, saying that the Montreal company didn't provide proper training for the performer and didn't properly assess the workplace for hazards.  Citations from the safety...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
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.
NATIONAL
October 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
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.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Susan Denley
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
NATIONAL
October 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
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.
NATIONAL
June 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and John Glionna
LAS VEGAS - At first, Heather Bell thought the falling woman was part of the show. She turned to her sister Madelyn and said, "Whoa. " Cirque du Soleil's performance of "Ka" - an elaborate acrobatic production featuring the company's trademark, daring aerial work - had reached its climactic battle scene Saturday night when something went horribly wrong. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as Sassoon, had been dangling near a catwalk hidden far above the stage at the MGM Grand hotel and casino when the Bell sisters saw her go into a free fall and tumble out of sight, into the stage's pit. "It was just an instant," said Madelyn Bell, 17, of Pensacola, Fla. "She just fell.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
NATIONAL
June 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, John Glionna and Rebecca Keegan
LAS VEGAS -- At first, Heather Bell thought the falling woman was part of the show, and she turned to her sister Madelyn and said, "Whoa. " On Saturday night inside the MGM Grand, Cirque du Soleil's 9:30 p.m. performance of "Ka" -- an elaborate acrobatic production featuring the company's trademark, daring aerial work -- had reached its climactic battle scene, and something had just gone very wrong. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as "Sassoon," had been dangling near a catwalk hidden far over the stage when the Bell sisters saw her suddenly go into a free fall and tumble out of sight.
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