Cir­cus per­former hurt; show can­celed

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BAYAREA - By Lau­ren Hernán­dez Lau­ren Hernán­dez is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: lau­ren.her­nan­[email protected] sfchron­i­ Twit­ter: @Lau­renPorFa­vor

A Cirque du Soleil per­former fell off his BMX bike dur­ing a stunt in the fi­nal part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s “Volta” per­for­mance near AT&T Park in San Fran­cisco on Fri­day, show of­fi­cials said.

Au­di­ence mem­bers were stunned and sat in si­lence when the man, who was not iden­ti­fied, plum­meted onto the stage, where he lay mo­tion­less, said a wit­ness, Vanessa Sawyer, 45.

“Ev­ery­one (in the au­di­ence) was wait­ing for him to get up and limp off, but he didn’t,” Sawyer said. “About eight peo­ple in black out­fits with ‘EMT’ on them sur­rounded the biker.”

Soon, more show staff mem­bers cir­cled the man, block­ing the view to the au­di­ence, she said.

After more than five min­utes, Cirque’s med­i­cal team slid him onto a stretcher and took him off­stage.

“Then all the per­form­ers came out on­stage, waved, and they turned off the lights,” she said.

Steven Ross, a pub­li­cist for the “Volta” show, said the man re­ceived treat­ment by the tour’s med­i­cal team.

It is un­clear whether the per­former was trans­ported to a hos­pi­tal. His con­di­tion was un­known Fri­day night.

“As al­ways in the case of an ac­ci­dent, the artist’s con­di­tion will con­tinue to be mon­i­tored by the “Volta” med­i­cal and coach­ing teams to de­ter­mine when he can re­turn to his ac­tiv­i­ties,” Ross said.

The 8 p.m. show was can­celed for the “well-be­ing of our artists and crew,” he said.

He said cus­tomers who pur­chased tick­ets for the show would get re­funds.

The in­ci­dent comes months after an­other Cirque du Soleil per­former died after he plunged to the ground dur­ing an ae­rial stunt in Tampa, Fla., in March.

The show is sched­uled for per­for­mances through Feb. 3 in San Fran­cisco.

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