Circus Rio acrobat, 28, fighting for life after falling 11 metres during ...

The trapeze artist involved in a circus stunt that went horribly wrong in front of shocked spectators is an experienced performer.

Gabby Souza, 28, was rushed to hospital in Adelaide in a critical condition after she plunged 11 metres to the ground 45 minutes into a Circus Rio show at Wigley Reserve in Glenelg on Tuesday afternoon. 

Footage has emerged of the Brazilian performer moments before the horrific incident, which shows trapeze artist swinging through the air on a high ring.

Paramedics were at the scene within minutes. 

'The woman was rushed very urgently to Royal Adelaide Hospital after she suffered multiple injuries,' a South Australia Ambulance spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.

Gabby Souza, 28, plunged 11 metres to the ground during a Circus Rio performance

Gabby Souza, 28, plunged 11 metres to the ground during a Circus Rio performance

Ms Souza was expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday night after she dislocated both elbows and wrists. 

Circus Rio has since taken to Facebook to say Ms Souza is now recovering and 'smiling'.

'We are pleased to share that our aerial performer Gabby Souza is okay and on the road to recovery after an unfortunate accident in tonight’s show. She is smiling and would like to thank everyone who has sent her wishes,' the post read.

'Being a performer is her livelihood and she hopes that her fans and friends will continue to support her fellow cast at Circus Rio. While Gabby will need time to recover, it can be assured that the conditions were safe and our performers love what they do.'

According to her Facebook profile, Ms Souza is an experienced performer having performed for several circus companies back in Brazil, including Unicirco Marcos Frota, Circo dos Sonhos, Circo Florilegia and Circo Stankowich.

She has posted several recent photos of herself enjoying Adelaide, where the circus has been based since the

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