Heart-Stopping Moment Singer Dramatically Crashes 10-Foot From Stage Into Orchestra Pit
A singer at an International Women's Day concert fell 10-foot from a theatre stage, breaking her foot - but kept singing after she hit the deck.
A video shows the dramatic moment Anastasia Vishnevskaya, 30, accidentally plunged into the orchestra pit shortly after appearing on stage.
Clearly a true professional, she kept singing even though the packed audience in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk could no longer see her in the darkness.
She tried to stand in the orchestra pit mid-song, but realised she had fractured her foot and suffered major bruising.
A musician helped her onto a chair and the pit was raised so the 1,375-strong audience could see her by the end of the song, which was called '100 Hours of Happiness'.
In hospital for emergency surgery, the performer hit back at 'false' web claims that her fall proved she was not really singing live but mouthing to a soundtrack.
She said: "I didn't notice edge of the stage and fell into the orchestra pit on the musicians who were preparing for the next number.
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"I was lying on my tummy singing the song. Spiteful critics only discuss the fact that I continued to sing despite the trauma - and blame me for not singing live.
"I wish there was less hatred and envy around us. On the video I don't sound as clear as I wish I did. But since this was definitely live please enjoy it as it is."
Afterwards some audience members said they believed her fall was part of the act since she dealt with it so well and kept singing.
Concert presenter Roman Bogdanov said: "I am certain that very few artistes in the world would be able to finish singing in such an extreme situation - after falling into an orchestra pit, breaking a foot and getting bruised. Some in the audience (wrongly) believed it was preplanned."
Anastasia can always comfort herself with the knowledge that stage falls even happen to the best performers. Take Lady Gaga as a prime example.
Back in November, she invited a fan up on stage before straddling him, which caused him to lose his balance - the pair then fell from the side of the Las Vegas platform.
It appeared as though Gaga had taken the brunt of the fall. As several members of staff rushed to her aid she announced: "Everything's OK." Ever the professional.
She then proceeded to get to her feet and walk around the stage in search for a way back up. As she went she carried on saying: "The only thing that's not OK is we need some stairs for the damn stage so I can get back up."
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