Phare, The Cambodian Circus tells uniquely Cambodian tales using modern circus arts and high energy music, touching on themes strong 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.
Since its creation, Phare Ponleu Selpak’s priority has been the economic, social and cultural development of its neighbourhood. PPS originated in 1986 in Site 2 Refugee Camp on the Thai border with the idea that a creative association, using art and expression, would help young refugees overcome the trauma of war. This original idea was pursued after the refugees returned to their homeland, and PPS was formally founded in 1994. PPS implements a global approach and their action is centred on artistic practice. Arts are used to foster expression, but also as a complete set of tools answering children’s needs: education, life skills, social skills and personal development. It allows the population to reclaim their cultural practices and to rebuild their identity healing the destructive effects of the Khmer rouge regime. It gives them a reason to hope for a better future and believe in themselves.