353sassoon-300x0For years, I've been teaching Personal Creativity & Innovation at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Most semesters, we dive into a business case on Cirque du Soleil. From Harvard Business Publishing, this narrative helps develop a vigorous conversation about — among many other topics — the investment of the artist, and what that investment means for the artist's employer.

Business cases can seem hypothetical, even if they are historical records. As history, they seem removed from What Might Happen Now. But that's the very idea: they might happen now.

The case (2002, by Thomas J. DeLong and Vineeta Vijayaraghavan) doesn't feature the death of a performer. So the investment of the artist might seem reasonable.

But We Risk Our Lives 
This morning's "Arts, Briefly" ("Arts Beat" online) in The New York Times reports the death of a seasoned, experienced, professional acrobat in Saturday's performance in Las Vegas. Sarah ("Sassoon") Guillot-Guyard was 31.

We must remember that:

  1. None of us gets out alive.
  2. Some of us risk our lives for our art.
  3. All of us risk our lives for something. (See "1." above.)

We Are All Up There

.כל העולם כולו גשר צר מאוד, והעיקר – לא לפחד כלל
The entire world is but a narrow bridge; 
the most important thing – is not to be afraid. 

— R. Nachman of Breslov

In memory of Sarah ("Sassoon") Guillot-Guyard. May her name remain a blessing to all who knew and loved her.