Cirque du Soleil cancels show in N.J. after ’emotional’ return following death of performer

Cirque du Soleil cancels show in N.J. after 'emotional' return following death of performer

Only a day after its huge debut in New Jersey, Cirque du Soleil’s “Volta” was once more canceled, however only for one present.

The corporate says it selected to eliminate a two-show lineup on the Meadowlands on Sunday as a result of performers remained emotional after the demise of one in every of their friends.

Following the demise of aerialist Yann Arnaud throughout a March 17 efficiency of “Volta” in Tampa, the present, initially scheduled to open exterior Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford on March 29, was postponed till April 20.

The present did open as deliberate on Friday, however ticketholders had been knowledgeable on Saturday night time Sunday night present can be canceled. They weren’t given a motive for the cancelation. A “Volta” efficiency scheduled for Sunday afternoon, nevertheless, went on as deliberate.

Marie-Helene Lagace, head of public relations for Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, tells NJ Advance Media that the corporate could not have recognized the performers’ frame of mind till the present returned on Friday.

“It is truly confirmed to be extra emotional than we anticipated,” she says.

“The conclusion after that first present is that presenting two reveals per night time is simply too quickly for them,” Lagace says.

Because the solely night time booked for 2 reveals was Sunday, April 22, one was canceled.

“It is completely important that they’re in the correct frame of mind earlier than occurring stage,” Lagace says. “The entire different reveals are being offered as scheduled.”

When Cirque resumed its performances on Friday, April 20, the present paid tribute to Arnaud, who died at 38 after falling throughout an aerial straps routine.

“In our manufacturing of ‘Totem’ and extra not too long ago in ‘Volta,’ he gave pleasure to many, many individuals,” a member of the manufacturing stated at first of Friday’s present, Deadline experiences. “And I imagine it’s the solely strategy to carry honor to him by additionally doing what we love. To encourage desires to the touch hearts, and share with you our leisure.”

Lagace apologized for the quick discover, saying the corporate had tried to succeed in all ticketholders by electronic mail or telephone. Beginning on Tuesday, April 24, the present is anticipated to proceed with all deliberate performances.

“We actually do not do that frivolously,” she says. “If we decide to cancel the present, we do that as a result of we expect it is in one of the best curiosity of the security of our performers.” She says the cancelation of the Sunday night time present permits the performers to get a greater footing.

“All of our followers have been extremely supportive all through the previous few weeks,” she says.

Astara Crews stated she obtained an electronic mail (see picture beneath) in regards to the present’s newest cancelation simply earlier than eight p.m. on Saturday, a bit greater than 24 hours earlier than it was scheduled to start out at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

“Please be suggested that the illustration of VOLTA for which you at present maintain tickets had been cancelled,” the e-mail stated.

No clarification was given, she stated, and ticketholders had been informed the worth of admission can be refunded to bank cards. Clients got entry to 30 % off the ticket worth of any present from April 24 to Could 6.

“I waited on maintain for about an hour simply to ensure it was not a rip-off,” stated Crews, 44, of New York Metropolis, who referred to as a quantity listed for Cirque du Soleil.

She stated a consultant apologized for the inconvenience, however didn’t shed any gentle on the rationale for the cancelation.

“Now I am even a bit bit extra upset,” Crews stated, studying that the afternoon present was not canceled, earlier than anybody knew why. She’s a Cirque membership member (which affords reductions and entry to pre-sales), having seen the corporate’s performances about 9 instances in numerous areas throughout the nation.

Crews had initially purchased 4 tickets for the March 31 present effectively forward of time, in November, however understood why the present needed to be postponed after Arnaud’s demise. This time, she’s not so forgiving.

“If I had not checked my emails, I’d not have recognized,” she stated. “That is not OK to present somebody quick discover, no clarification.”

Press had been invited to the present’s two Sunday performances, however not suggested of the cancelation of the 5 p.m. present.

“Volta” is scheduled to be within the Meadowlands by means of Could 6.

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