'KA' holds first performance since tragedyPosted: Updated:
Cirque du Soleil held its first performance of KÀ at the MGM Grand since a tragic fall in late June.
The show was temporarily canceled after Sarah Guillot-Guyard died after falling 90 feet during the final battle scene on June 29. OSHA is still investigating the incident. The Tuesday 7 p.m. performance was dedicated to her memory.
It was an emotional night for the performers.
"After consulting with them and working with them all last week, they wanted to come back. They wanted to come back in front of the audience and do what they do best and that is perform and amaze," Cirque du Soleil spokesperson Renee-Claude Menard said.
When performances resume, the Battle Scene act will not be part of the show. This act has been replaced with a transition artistic scene, The Dressing-Ritual, that will maintain both the storyline of production and its 90-minute running time.
"It will be more artistic. We'll have a better understanding of what was happening in the battle scene but in a different manner, in a much more artistic manner instead of an acrobatic manner," Menard said.
It's possible once the OSHA investigation is complete, the Battle Scene could return but that could take months, and by then Cirque believes the Dressing Ritual may have evolved.
Cirque du Soleil has modified the schedule of performances of KÀ to only 7 p.m. shows for the next week. KÀ will resume the regular performance schedule beginning July 23.
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