The fall in Providence Sunday night was shocking: eight circus performers plunging to earth when a key piece of rigging failed during their performance. But to the father of one of the injured young women — himself a lifelong circus performer — the risk of the work has long been understood.
“We work this way, and we take the risk,” said Roiter Neves, 50, the father of 25-year-old Ringling Brothers acrobat Widny Neves, speaking by phone from his home in Brazil. “It’s like a lot of other professions, like race car drivers and gymnasts ... Usually it doesn’t happen. But sometimes, [it] happens.”