Cirque du Soleil acrobat in hospital after fall

A QUEENSLAND-born acrobat has fallen during a performance of Cirque du Soleil's Kooza, and is now recovering in hospital.

Lisa Skinner, 35, was swinging from a hoop about 6m from the ground when she fell during a matinee performance of the show in her home town, within the iconic circus Big Top.

She is reported to have fallen "face first" to the floor.

"It was a terrible noise, horrible," one audience member told the Courier-Mail.

"Flat out, bang, on her face."

It took about 20 minutes for Ms Skinner to be assessed before being traken to hospital in an ambulance.

Queensland Ambulance reports the Ms Skinner was "conscious and alert" when she was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

In a statement, Cirque du Soleil wrote:

 "Today during a performance of KOOZA, one of our artists had an accident.

"All emergency protocols were activated immediately, paramedics attended and she is currently in hospital receiving all the care she requires.

"The thoughts and love from all the cast and crew of KOOZA are with her at this time."

Company manager Genevieve Deslandes has previously told APN about the risks involved in two of Kooza's other high-flying acts, the high wire and the wheel of death.

Ms Skinner had only recently joined Kooza for the aerial hoop act ahead of the Brisbane season. The former Olympian has also performed in another Cirque show, Quidam.

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