Ingewikkelde en potentieel gevaarlijke techniek op de bühne veroorzaakt steeds vaker slachtoffers. Laten we hopen dat dit niet het eind van zijn danscarrière betekent.

The New York Times
Friday, August 16, 2013

Dancer Injured During ‘Spider-Man’ Performance


Daniel Curry, a dancer in the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” was seriously injured during Thursday night’s performance when part of his leg was caught in a piece of the show’s technically elaborate equipment, according to two members of the production team.
One audience member, Melissa Kessler, said in an interview late Thursday night that Mr. Curry’s leg appeared pinned in a trap door that appeared to have closed shut. (The show uses automated equipment.) Mr. Curry began screaming, she said, and crew members took the stage to help him.
“The floor looked completely closed on his leg,” said Ms. Kessler, of Plainview, N.Y., who was attending the show with her husband and their two young sons. “They brought out a privacy screen and a lot of people on stage started getting things going. A stretcher was brought out, they were using a saw to cut a hole in the stage floor. All we cared about was whether the actor was and would be O.K. We explained it as simply and as carefully as we could to our kids.”

The performer, who played one of the nine “Spider-Man” dancers in the show, was freed quickly and taken to the hospital, according to the two members of the “Spider-Man” team, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by the producers to divulge details.
Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the show, said he did not have details about the severity of the injury or its cause, nor would he confirm the name of the actor because his family had not been notified.
The accident happened soon after the show’s second act had begun. The performance was halted, then canceled, and the Foxwoods Theater emptied.
The two members of the production team said they believed that either computerized equipment had malfunctioned or human error was to blame. A recent performance was canceled, just before it was to begin, because of problems with the computerized automation that controls the show’s massive set and special effects, the most extensive on Broadway.
“Spider-Man” was plagued by injuries during the first months of the show’s run, in late 2010 and early 2011. In December 2010 one performer, Christopher Tierney, fell more than 20 feet from a stage platform into the basement and sustained life-threatening injuries. An improperly attached safety tether contributed to his accident. Mr. Tierney recovered and returned to the show.
Since “Spider-Man” opened in June 2011, the show’s dancers and actors have had the usual share of minor injuries that are typical in Broadway musicals, but no severe accidents.

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'Spider Man' Broadway show will continue, despite actor's injury

The Associated Press:
NEW YORK — The Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will be performed as scheduled tonight, a day after an actor playing the comic book hero was badly injured during the show.
"Tonight's performance will go on as scheduled. The technical elements of the show are all in good working order, and we can confirm that equipment malfunction was not a factor in the incident," said Rick Miramontez, a show spokesman.
The injured actor, Daniel Curry, suffered an injury during the Thursday night performance, which was immediately halted. The actor was at Bellevue Hospital on Friday in stable condition with a serious leg injury.
Curry is a graduate of the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts — the so-called "Fame" school — and appeared in an episode of "Smash" and toured with the "Man In The Mirror" Michael Jackson Tribute tour.
He is making his Broadway debut as one of nine actors who play the costumed Spider-Man during each performance, leaping into the audience and swinging over the orchestra. He also understudied various other roles.
Fire officials said they responded to the Foxwoods Theatre on West 42nd Street shortly after 9 p.m. to treat a man whose leg got caught in equipment backstage. A spokeswoman for the Actors' Equity Association, a labor union that represents actors and stage managers, did not immediately comment Friday.
Curry, who is in his 20s, was raised near Minneapolis and told The Star-Tribune in 2011 that he thirsted for a life performing in New York. His mother soon moved the family to the borough of Queens to make his hope to attend LaGuardia High School .
"I had these big dreams," he said. "I've always wanted to dance, to be on Broadway, and I'm just thankful for my mom for making that happen."
"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is Broadway's most expensive show with a price tag of $75 million. It has become one of its biggest hits after a rocky start, with six delays in its opening night, injuries to fellow actors, a shake-up that led to the firing of Julie Taymor, the show's original director, and critical drubbing.
One actor, Christopher Tierney, suffered a fractured skull, a fractured shoulder blade, four broken ribs and three broken vertebrae during a fall on Dec. 20, 2010; he made a triumphant return to the show. A lead actress, Natalie Mendoza, suffered a concussion during the first preview performance and left the show. A stuntman, Richard Kobak, sued the producers, saying he suffered a concussion, whiplash and two holes in his knees.
The latest accident comes between two casting calls for a new Spider-Man. Actor Reeve Carney, who has been playing the musical's title character and his alter ego Peter Parker since the show began previews in late 2010, will leave Sept. 15, and casting calls were held in Los Angeles last week and are scheduled for New York on Monday.
Last night, Carney tweeted: "Please send your thoughts and prayers toward our (at)SpideyOnBway family tonight. We rise as one." Miramontez, the show's spokesman, said: "Our thoughts are with Daniel and his family."