Cirque Du Soleil is the largest theatrical producer in the world founded in 1984 and is popularly known for its extreme acts that leave viewers in a state of wonderment. However, the renowned show may sometimes leave its audience with a little more than they paid for. Cirque Du Soleil is currently in Rio de Janeiro promoting their newest show “Amaluna”, which is loosely inspired by William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. The show started off with impeccable acts of acrobatic work until things took a turn for the worst.
Cirque Du Soleil had to, unfortunately, cut the production short due to a Belgian acrobat landing in all the wrong ways, ultimately leading to a grave leg injury. The six acrobats performing in this weeks show used a seesaw-like scale known as a “teeterboard” that allows the performers to launch one another in the air and perform somersaults, but for this acrobat in particular, his landing led him to a broken leg.
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The promotional event, which took place at Pao de Açucar located in Morro de Urca, Brazil, which attracts millions of tourists every year due to its breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro's beautiful beaches and mountains. The show also had many in attendance, including reporters and invited guests, however, Cirque Du Soleil canceled the show immediately after the injury. The performer can be seen flying into the air one second and screaming in agony the next. While the other acrobats do not seem to notice the injury at first, they all rushed to the screaming performer after realizing the severity of the situation.
According to the DailyMail, the acrobat, who has yet to be identified by Cirque Du Soleil officials, was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital following his injury. As we are still unaware of the current condition of the injured Belgian performer, we can only hope he comes to a speedy recovery. As for the remainder of the “Amaluna” shows, they will resume and run up until Jan. 21, 2018, at the Olympic Park of Morro de Urca where we are certain the Cirque Du Soleil acrobats will be extra cautious when launching themselves 20 feet into the air.