Eye-popping acrobatics, hypnotic dance, thrilling, bone-chilling music, dramatic live art, enough energy to power a million dreams and stories that will make you laugh, then cry, then smile deep inside. That is the essence of Phare, the Cambodian Circus, a contemporary performance troupe that brings Cambodian history and culture to the fore with a special style. It is one of the genuinely unmissable performances available in Siem Reap. – Travelfish

What is Phare the Cambodian Circus?

Phare is unlike any circus that you’ve ever seen before. The energy of the young Khmer performers transforms Phare into much more than a circus.

Enjoy traditional folk and modern-day Cambodian stories told through theater, music, dance, and daring acrobatic feats!

Phare, the Cambodian Circus is a part of Phare Ponleu Selpak, a non-profit Cambodian association focused on improving the lives of children, young adults, and their families through art, educational programs, and social support.

The nonprofit was created by nine men returning home after the Khmer Rouge regime in 1994. An art teacher helped the men recover through drawing classes as a form of creative therapy.

They created a free public school and art school to share their new found skills with the poor, socially deprived, and troubled youngsters in Battambang. These schools eventually led to the opening of a music school, theatre school, and circus school.

Learn more about the organization that has helped thousands of Cambodian youth.

Shows & Productions by Phare the Cambodian Circus

Phare, the Cambodian Circus has several different shows and schedule them out in advance. Here, you can see more about their scheduling.

There are currently three performances scheduled out for the month of December.

From December 1 to 11, learn more about Cambodian daily life with the SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT show!

Through a series of everyday situations, “Same Same But Different” explores the different habits and ways of living between Cambodians and foreign visitors. A sudden downpour, an unexpected power outage, …

From December 12 to 22, rock out with KHMER METAL!

Khmer Metal presents a rare glimpse into the wilder side of Cambodian urban life as the rock music makes your heart pound. The artists created the story to share with audiences challenges of modern Cambodian youth.

From December 23 to 31, you can watch their latest creation, WHITE GOLD!

In the Khmer language, “nourishment” cannot be expressed without the word “rice”. Cambodians are born, live, work and die in the rice fields. The balance between Buddhism principles of moderation and the demands of modern society.

Where to Buy Tickets for Phare the Cambodian Circus?

Tickets for Phare sell out quickly so purchase your tickets in advance! Buying late usually gets you a seat in the C Sitting Section (partially obstructed views). For the best experience, select either A or B Section seats.

You can buy Phare the Cambodian Circus tickets online or in person. Book through our activities or book through their website.

Have you seen a show from Phare, the Cambodian Circus? How was the experience? What did you see and did you enjoy the show? Share with us below in the comments!

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