One of them, involving the son of a Cirque du Soleil founder, was fatal. In August 2017, a show in Gatineau, Que., was stopped temporarily when a performer fell. The show was stopped briefly to allow medical staff to assess the man, and he was eventually able to get up and walk on his own. Cirque du Soleil performer falls, halting Volta show
The remaining two Volta shows scheduled in Tampa have been cancelled. “The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy,” said Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, in the statement. (Radio-Canada)
This isn’t the first accident in recent memory for Cirque du Soleil’s Volta show. Cirque du Soleil is collaborating with the local authorities as they look into the accident and is also conducting an internal investigation. The parkour specialist fell from a set piece and appeared to injure his head and back, according to a Cirque du Soleil spokesperson. (YouTube)
Lamarre told CBC News that Arnaud, originally from France, leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann’s family and our employees, especially the Volta team, as we go through these difficult times together.”
Arnaud was performing the aerial strap act in Tampa when he fell. “For me, one accident like this is too many,” he said. “Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him. He did not need to be taken to hospital. A Cirque du Soleil aerialist died during a show in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday night after he fell more than six metres to the stage while performing an aerial straps number. “He was a great artist, a great performer.”
He added that he doesn’t believe there was an equipment failure but that it’s too early to say for sure. Lamarre said that he got a call in the middle of the night and took the first flight out of Montreal to Tampa on Sunday. “As soon as I heard the news, I wanted to be here to support the team,” he told CBC News. The company issued a statement Sunday afternoon, saying that the performer —Yann Arnaud — was transported to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries. “Yann was one of our most experienced artists in the troupe,” he said. The Volta show has been touring across Canada and the United States since last year. He said the tight-knit group is in mourning. Cirque du Soleil performer falls, halting Volta show
In 2016, three incidents took place in the same week in various Cirque productions.