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    'Quidam' back on after acrobat's fall

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published December 8, 2002

    ST. PETERSBURG -- Performances of Cirque du Soleil's Quidam continued as scheduled Saturday, resuming after evening shows were canceled Friday because of a fall by an acrobat.

    Cast member Natalia Pestova, 28, was not injured when she fell several feet from a rope, but she will take a few days off, Cirque du Soleil spokeswoman Karina Leduc said.

    "She's resting," Leduc said.

    Pestova, who has performed with the company for about seven years, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center after she fell from a rope during the 5 p.m. show Friday. The remainder of the performance and the 9 p.m. show were canceled.

    Leduc said a "technical mishap" caused the performer to fall to the stage, but she could not provide more details Saturday.

    "It's a series of unpredictable things, a pure fluke. And it's never happened in the six years of Quidam," Leduc said.

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