[quote]The accident happened during the show's finale, Cirque Du Soleil spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard told CNN. During the scene, performers are suspended up to 50 feet in the air on lines controlled by wireless remote controls, according to the troupe's website
Wireless remote control????
[quote]Ce qui est sur son iPod?
Alicia Keys, "Fallin'"
There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down from the ceiling after you.
Live by the cord....
"Catch Me" (I'm Falling) - Pretty Poison
"Defying Gravity" - Idina Menzel
"Could It Be I'm Falling" (In Love) - The Spinners
That's a hard act to follow.
She crashed harder than my career did!
At least she died do what she loved to do.
"I Fall to Pieces" - Patsy Cline
C'mon, it's the first one I thought of!
"Falling" (Theme from Twin Peaks)- Julee Cruse
"Free Falling"- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Now they're going to have to kill off a performer in every show for continuity and customer demand. Less Quebec, more Aztec.
Life is on the wire, everything else is just waiting.
- Karl Wallenda
Ann-Margret, Vegas Survivor.
"Falling in Love" - Miami Sound Machine
"Next Time I Fall" - Peter Cetera & Amy Grant
"I'm Goin' Down" - Bruce Springsteen
"Upside Down" - Diana Ross
"Down Under" - Men at Work
"Scream" - Michael & Janet Jackson
Not that I endorse our over-the-top litigious culture today, BUT - would audience members at that performance have legitimate grounds to sue Cirque du Soleil for emotional distress? I would think watching somebody fall to their death could be quite distressing and traumatic for many people, and if it was caused by some negligence on the part of Cirque du Soleil, are they financially liable for that distress? (This is in addition, of course, to their liability to the victim's next of kin.)
[quote]would audience members at that performance have legitimate grounds to sue Cirque du Soleil for emotional distress?
I know, R23, think of the motherfucking children!!!
R23, assuming that Nevada law applies (because that's where the incident occurred), that seems to limit emotional distress claims to family members of the performer, not random strangers in the audience.
And a good argument could be made that buying a ticket to an event that's known to include highwire acrobatic stunts constitutes an implied waiver of claims based on emotional distress from watching the event, &/or an assumption of the risk that the viewer might be emotionally distressed by watching the event, even if the event goes wrong.
Perhaps if she had been muttering "THANK you, Jesus... THANK you, Jesus... You're my SAVIOR, Jesus," this wouldn't have happened.
[quote][R23], assuming that Nevada law applies (because that's where the incident occurred), that seems to limit emotional distress claims to family members of the performer, not random strangers in the audience.
[quote]And a good argument could be made that buying a ticket to an event that's known to include highwire acrobatic stunts constitutes an implied waiver of claims based on emotional distress from watching the event, &/or an assumption of the risk that the viewer might be emotionally distressed by watching the event, even if the event goes wrong.
Besides, isn't it usually the INTENTIONAL infliction of emotional distress? I hardly think the acrobat intended to die that day!
This wouldn't have happened if the orchestra pit had a gun.
and to think, Celine Dion a few years back had 200 Cirque performers in her show...200 chances a night for one of them AND a floating baby grand piano, to fall on her but no dice
R27, negligent infliction of emotional distress is a cause of action in Calif, see Dillon v. Legg, 68 Cal. 2d 728 (1968) -- don't know about Nev.
Send in the clowns!!!
I'm running a circus...not a Charm School!
If I Fell, the Beatles
Help Me (I think I'm Falling), Joni Mitchell
Blood on the Dance Floor - Michael Jackson
I smell a "CSI" investigation. Jorja Fox will decide it was murder.
Wow, some of the most wicked funny posts in one thread in a long time.
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