by Sean Nolan
Phare: The Cambodian Circus is a mixture of theater, modern dance, and acrobatics, expertly choreographed to tell a captivating story which combines Cambodian folklore and history into a show for all ages.
Eight different programs are rotated monthly. We were fortunate enough to catch Influence. A story about survival, domination, manipulation, and ultimately – redemption.
The history behind Phare and its inception is one of the more, amazing aspects of this incredible social enterprise. Shortly after the Fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1994, a handful of Cambodian refugees found their way home and founded Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO School of the Arts in Battambang Cambodia.
Around twelve hundred students each year, receive free public education from kindergarten to 12th grade. There is also free Professional Level Arts training in dance, music, theater, animation, graphic design, illustration, painting, and circus.
The Circus launched 3 years ago as a means for PPS to help generate income, provide employment for graduates, and share Cambodian/Khmer Culture.
We were amazed at the creativity and talent of the performers and surprised at how funny and powerful the story was. We encourage anyone visiting Siem Reap to make the time and experience Phare.
PHARE: The Cambodian Circus
Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the intersection Sok San Road,
Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia
Phone: +855 (0) 15 499 480 & +855 (0) 92 225 320
Facebook: Phare The Cambodian Circus