PHARE, CAMBODIAN CIRCUS *
Experience one of the highlights of Siem Reap and meet young talented performers in breathtakingly entertaining and original Cambodian shows.
The Cambodian Circus tells unique Cambodian tales using modern circus arts and high-energy music, touching on themes in Cambodian tradition, ethos and spirit. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, fire and contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity. During the hour-long shows, the Phare performers share their emotions and excitement, blowing the audience away with their integrity and power.
Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic Center in Battambang. Eight young men, who came back home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime, formed the association 20 years ago. They were greatly helped by art therapy and wanted to share this new skill among the poor, socially deprived and troubled youngsters in Battambang. They founded an art school and public school followed to offer free education. A music school and theatre school were next and finally, for the kids who wanted more, the circus school. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily and 500 attend the alternative schools. Phare Ponleu Selpak also has extensive outreach programs, trying to help with the problems highlighted in their own tales.
Every night at 8pm
Tickets for adults: $18, $25 and $35 (different seating)
For children: $10, $15 and $18 (different seating)