We're on a road trip that is including fantastic driving through Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and back to Colorado. Typically, I'd be writing about cars I've seen (I do have a post or two do on some Rolls-Royces I saw), but in Las Vegas I ended up being in news stories around the world. Literally.
During our stop in Las Vegas we had some dinners and did activities that kept us out of 115 degree Fahrenheit heat. We thought our 10 year old son would love to see a Cirque Du Soleil performance and when he found out we were going, he was ecstatic. Cirque Du Soleil is magnificent. The physical prowess of the artists, the exciting music, the amazing choreography, and the exciting uber circus acts makes for truly some of the best entertainment money can buy in Las Vegas. And it takes a lot of money. Our tickets face value were over $500 dollars, though my wife found them for much less.
We went to see Ka. It's Cirque Du Soleil's first story-based, rather than theme-based, shows. It's the story of twins who are separated by an evil man, but struggle to get back together culminating in a massive fight scene at the end of the performance on a vertical stage some 50 feet in height.
During that last scene, characters are one-by-one hoisted out of sight, giving the illusion of being kicked of the battlefield if you will. As this happened, suddenly one performer fell from the catwalk high above the stage, my estimate was 50 feet, but I think in reality she fell something like 100 feet. That performer was Sarah Guyard-Guillot.
Photo credit: Sarah Guyard-Guillot Facebook page
I was contacted by John Katsilometes (https://twitter.com/johnnykats), a reporter from the Las Vegas Sun, the next morning and had a chat about what happened. He published an article with the following quote from me:
“(The artist) was being hoisted up the side of the stage and then just plummeted down,” said Dan Mosqueda, visiting with his wife and 10-year-old son from Colorado Springs, Colo. “Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the choreographed fight. But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.”
This quote made it's way into hundreds of papers around the world and resulted in requests for me and my wife to appear on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning, all of which we turned down. We truly grieve for Miss Guyard-Guillot's survivors and the cast/crew at Cirque du Soleil. Please keep those people in your Oppo prayers.