The aerial artist involved in a circus stunt that went horribly wrong in front of shocked spectators is an experienced performer. Gabby Souza, 28, was
The aerial artist involved in a circus stunt that went horribly wrong in front of shocked spectators is an experienced performer.
Gabby Souza, 28, was rushed to hospital in Adelaide in a critical condition after she plunged 11 metres to the ground 45 minutes into a Circus Rio show at Wigley Reserve in Glenelg on Tuesday afternoon.
Footage has emerged of the Brazilian performer moments before the horrific incident, which shows the aerial artist swinging through the air on a high ring.
Paramedics were at the scene within minutes.
‘The woman was rushed very urgently to Royal Adelaide Hospital after she suffered multiple injuries,’ a South Australia Ambulance spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
Brazilian aerial artist Gabby Souza, 28, (pictured in a previous performance) plunged 11 metres to the ground during a Circus Rio show in Adelaide on Tuesday
Ms Souza was expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday night after she dislocated both elbows and wrists.
Circus Rio has since taken to Facebook to post that Ms Souza is now recovering and ‘smiling’.
‘We are pleased to share that our aerial performer Gabby Souza is okay and on the road to recovery after an unfortunate accident in tonight’s show. She is smiling and would like to thank everyone who has sent her wishes,’ the post read.
‘Being a performer is her livelihood and she hopes that her fans and friends will continue to support her fellow cast at Circus Rio. While Gabby will need time to recover, it can be assured that the conditions were safe and our performers love what they do.’
Gabby Souza took this photo before Circus Rio’s first Adelaide show on July 4
This is moments before Gabby Souza plunged to the ground in front of shocked spectators
According to her Facebook profile, Ms Souza is an experienced performer having performed for several circus companies in Brazil, including Unicirco Marcos Frota, Circo dos Sonhos, Circo Florilegia and Circo Stankowich.
She also trained at a specialised circus school.
She has posted several recent photos of herself enjoying Adelaide, where the circus has been based since the start of July.
Distressed audience members, including many young children, initially thought the performer’s fall was part of the act before realising there had been a terrible accident.
‘We are pleased to share that our aerial performer Gabby Souza is okay and on the road to recovery after an unfortunate accident in tonight’s show,’ Circus Rio posted afterwards
‘She had the ring behind her neck and the next thing she just went bang, to the ground, straight onto the wooden floor,’ witness Alice Young told Nine News.
One man told Seven News: ‘Some people thought it was part of the show and obviously, it was a terrible accident.’
The incident, which occurred 45 minutes into the show, brought an early end to the performance as the shell-shocked audience was asked to leave the tent immediately.
‘People came running, and then we were asked to leave,’ Ms Young said.
Emergency crews were at the horrific scene in Glenelg within minutes on Tuesday afternoon
A SA Ambulance spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia the woman was ‘very urgently’ taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital suffering multiple injuries
The horrific fall happened shortly after event organisers shared a Facebook post promoting a return of the trapeze show.
‘Our Trapeze show is BACK! Catch our team of Russian and Belarusian trapeze artists on NOW at Wigley Reserve,’ the Circus Rio post read.
There’s no word yet on whether two shows scheduled for noon and 7pm on Wednesday will go ahead as planned.
Safework SA has launched an investigation.
South Australia Police are not investigating, a spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
Circus Rio has been based at Wigley Reserve in Glenelg during the July school holidays
The circus has been based in the seaside suburb of Glenelg since July 4, where it has another week to run before it heads to Bathurst in central west NSW next month.
The international circus also has Samba Dancers, FMX bike riders who soar through the air, ballet dancers and acrobats.
‘The first of it’s kind in Australia! Circus Rio is making history with stunts that have never before been performed in this corner of the globe,’ its website states.