Phare is not just a circus, it’s an escape, an opportunity for something more. In Cambodia, many children grow up on the streets, with education a distant dream and a career, the stuff fiction.
Thanks to the Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), some of these children get an opportunity to do much more than just survive. The charity runs a number of schools in Cambodia and these have extended in to such things as performing arts, music, animation and visual arts.
One of the first parts of the charity to be developed was the circus school. Here the children learn a wide variety of both circus and acting skills. This is then put to use in the nightly circus, Phare, and boy is it a sight to behold.
Even if the performance wasn’t the supporting such important charitable activity, it would still be an impressive sight. Tumbling, balancing and contortions, juggling, slap stick, group and solo feats….there is a wide array of performing skills on display.
We sat captivated for an hour, wrapped up in the story unfolding stage. All the performers were wonderfully professional and clearly love their art. Small wonder then that some graduates from Phare have been recruited to the likes of Cirque du Soleil!
One of the highlights of our time in Siem Reap, we have been recommending it to everyone we have met since.