Cirque du Soleil La Nouba Performer Critically Injured in Accident – Needs Assistance

Tragically, a performer at Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs was rushed to the hospital after a life threatening accident during rehearsal on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Karina Silva Poirier fell from some fabric that was suspended from a cable above the stage. For those familiar with Cirque’s La Nouba show, this is the part of the performance where several performers dangle from above in the act of the show known as “Aerial Ballet in Silks.”

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The fall from about 30 feet in their air caused severe trauma, as she landed head first . She broke all the bones in her face and fractured her skull, as well as broke two ribs close to her collar bone. Poirier was rushed to the hospital where she is still being treated for her life-threatening injuries. She is currently in stable condition, but as of the writing on this article, she is still in a coma.

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For fans of America’s Got Talent, those of you who watched season 11 will remember a duo called Deadly Games. Alfredo Silva, the knife thrower from that incredible act, is the brother of Karina and is going through an extremely difficult time as seen on a recent Facebook live video. This family is sixth-generation circus performers and entertaining is in their blood. Often times what may look easy on stage can take years of preparation for what might be several minutes of entertainment. As this situation has proven, things can go wrong.

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Long-time readers of Theme Park University know I have an enormous passion and respect for the Cirque du Soleil community. This is why I am asking my readers to lend a hand if they can. Currently, there is a donations page that is seeking assistance for the family. According to their funding page, donations will be used to help take care of the family, including Karina’s son who is 6-months-old.  If you’re interested in giving or just want to give the family some kinds words of encouragement, please click this link. Even by sharing this story with others, it can help bring light to the situation. Thanks.

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