Cambodia, Developing countries, Phare, Phare Ponleu Selpak, Refugees, South East Asia, Travel

Sokha by Phare, the Cambodian Circus

The show ‘Sokha’ by Phare, the Cambodian Circus, is about a child haunted by the war in Cambodia that killed approximately two million people between 1975 and 1979. This show is based on the true life stories of the founders of Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang. It combines circus, theatre, live painting and original, live music.

I first saw this show two years ago, and remember having tears in my eyes at the haunting symbolism evident throughout the show. This time was no different. Not only is the horror of the past still evident in Cambodia today, it is very easy to identify the dark past with current events happening all over the world today. It seems that despite 41 years having passed since the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia, the world has not learnt and terror and destruction continues with us today.

I would HIGHLY recommend seeing this show if you are in Siem Reap. All shows from Phare, the Cambodian Circus are fabulous, however this is the one that will stick with you long after you have departed the country.