Phare, the Cam­bo­dian Cir­cus with Beyond Unique Es­capes

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The Cir­cus per­forms nightly in Siem Reap and is an wild blend of tra­di­tional and mod­ern the­ater, mu­sic, dance, ac­ro­batic, jug­gling and con­tor­tion beau­ti­fully chore­ographed and per­formed in a story about Cam­bo­dian lives and society.

This is a great ex­pe­ri­ence and not to be missed. Pop into our of­fice and watch a bit of the cir­cus on our screen, find out which show is run­ning and talk to our team about the per­for­mances.

“Phare, the Cam­bo­dian Cir­cus” is an off­shoot pro­ject of Phare Pon­leu Sel­pak (As­so­ci­a­tion) which trans­lates as “Bright­ness of the Arts” in English. PPS As­so­ci­a­tion is a Cam­bo­dian non-profit, non-gov­ern­men­tal as­so­ci­a­tion founded in 1994 by eight young Cam­bo­di­ans ex-refugees artists in the area of An­chanh Vil­lage, Ochar Com­mune, Bat­tam­bang Prov­ince.

Please check with our team for the cur­rent sched­ule, or visit­yon­

Chillls (Preu)

In Cam­bo­dia, we take our ghosts se­ri­ously. ‘Preu’ is the story of a group of stu­dents who en­counter ghosts dur­ing the night while sleep­ing. These young Cam­bo­di­ans con­front their fears and anx­i­eties with all the courage they can muster. ‘Preu’ is a mod­ern Cam­bo­dian cir­cus play per­formed by Gen­er­a­tion 5 stu­dent artists of Phare Pon­leu Sel­pak Artis­tic and So­cial Cen­ter.

The per­for­mance mixes the­ater, mu­sic, dance, ac­ro­bat­ics, jug­gling, aerial acts, con­tor­tion and other cir­cus skills to por­tray this beau­ti­ful story about Cam­bo­dian cul­ture and be­liefs. Im­merse your­self in the uni­verse of ‘Preu’ with­out worry, be­cause to over­come your fears, you need to face all of your fears first.

Eclipse (Sokrias)

Steeped in the Cam­bo­dian cul­ture and pop­u­lar be­liefs, Eclipse is a tale about dis­crim­i­na­tion. A young man, who suf­fers from be­ing re­ject-

ed be­cause of his dif­fer­ence, prays for di­vine in­ter­ven­tion. The gods trans­form him into a very at­trac­tive woman, sud­denly get­ting a lot of pos­i­tive at­ten­tion, un­til a mys­te­ri­ous plague be­gins to con­sume all the vil­lagers.

Eclipse artists will amaze you with their en­ergy, emo­tion, en­thu­si­asm and tal­ent. You will leave feel­ing elated by this story of the tri­umph of the hu­man spirit over ad­ver­sity.

Ph­song Preng (The Ad­ven­ture)

The Ad­ven­ture tells the mov­ing and ex­cit­ing story of a young Cam­bo­dian boy who leaves his home­town in search of a bet­ter life. He flees his home, where he is abused by his mother, and meets new un­usual friends from a “medicine show” wait­ing for a taxi. When the “taxi” ar­rives, they all travel to Ph­nom Penh. There they get to ex­pe­ri­ence the dark side of life, be­fore our hero ends up beaten and robbed by a gang of thugs fi­nally end­ing up in hos­pi­tal.

He is saved by a chance meet­ing with a band of smart street urchins, who take him in as one of their own, build­ing his con­fi­dence and help­ing him to hold his head high. Bol­stered by his ad­ven­tures, he fi­nally de­cides he is ready to re­turn home.

Ph­song Preng is a mod­ern Cam­bo­dian tale mix­ing high level theatre, mu­sic, dance, ac­ro­bat­ics and jug­gling, which car­ries you on an emo­tional and ex­cit­ing jour­ney through to­day’s Cam­bo­dia.



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