‘Eclipse’, by Phare, the Cambodian Circus, is a show not to be missed. The story focuses on rejection and bullying and is set in a rural Cambodian village, where a disfigured young man is rejected and ridiculed. The young man ponders about why he is cursed and seeks help from the gods. They answer his prayers by transforming him into a beautiful woman with magical powers. Using this new form, he attracts the attention and desire of the village men. But the villagers quickly discover there’s something sinister about the newcomer in their midst.

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 theatre, Apsara dance and modern circus arts.

Phare, the Cambodian Circus, has been holding nightly shows since 2013. They operate under a social enterprise model, supporting the programming of the NGO school and professional arts training center Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang.

Phare, the Cambodian Circus, has three main aims:

  1. To create meaningful employment opportunities for Cambodian artists
  2. To create financially sustainable social businesses that provide a reliable income streams for Phare Ponleu Selpak
  3. To revitalise the arts sector in Cambodia and promote Cambodian art locally and internationally

This year alone, Phare has travelled to Europe, America, Thailand and Australia. They have performed in front of 100,000 people in less than four years, and definitely aren’t slowing down! Not only that, Phare Creative Studio was established this year to offer graphic design and animation projects to businesses, utilising the talents of graduates from their Visual and Applied Arts School.

If you know anyone headed to Siem Reap, tell them to purchase their tickets to Phare and support these talented young artists and the wonderful NGO!