Phare, The Cambodian Circus is one of the most unique, authetic top rated evening entertainment in Siem Reap. It is not just a circus like what you have in mind. Phare, the Cambodian Circus is a combination of theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell unique Cambodian stories.
We’re lucky to be invited to catch the show as tickets are usually sold out pretty fast. You can either buy it onsite or book your tickets online here.
The show we’re watching for the evening was Sokrias (Eclipse), set in a rural Cambodian village where a disfigured young man is rejected and ridiculed. He wonders why he is cursed in this way and seeks answers and help from the gods. They answer his prayers by transforming him into a beautiful woman who attracts the attention and desire of the village men. But they quickly discover there’s something evil behind the beauty.
Based on traditional Cambodian folktales, Eclipse is a story of rejection, revenge, spirit possession and eventual forgiveness set to original music and told through a dramatic mix of theater, Apsara dance and modern circus arts.
Very engaging, interactive and thumbs up to all the performers for putting up a wonderful show!
These performers are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak’s vocational training centre in battambang. Phare Ponleu Selpak was formed in 1994 and is dedicated to providing a nurturing and creative environment where young people can access quality arts training, education and social support.
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.
Enjoy Siem Reap’s top rated evening entertainment when you are in Cambodia and know in your heart that just by purchasing your tickets, you’re helping to provide free education and gainful employment to these young Cambodian artists!
Phare, The Cambodian Circus
Showtimes & Venue Hours:
March – October
Daily performances at 8:00pm
November – February
Performances Monday, Thursday & Saturday at 6:00pm
Daily performances at 8:15pm
No entrance after the performance has started (for the safety of the artists and the comfort of other guests)
Ticket Prices ranging from US18.00 to US35.00
For more information, visit www.pharecambodiancircus.org/circus/