June 30, 2013 |
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.