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Phare, The Cambodian Circus

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Address: Comaille Road | Behind Angkor National Museum in front of Angkor Century Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phone Number: +855 15 499 480
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Description: Phare, The Cambodian Circus "Amazing vibe & energy, transforming the lives...
Phare, The Cambodian Circus "Amazing vibe & energy, transforming the lives of Cambodian youth" Experience Siem Reap's most unique, authentic top rated (TripAdvisor & Lonely Planet) evening entertainment. More than just a circus, Phare, the Cambodian Circus performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak's vocational training centre in Battambang. The association was formed in 1994 by 9 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. They were greatly helped during that time by an art teacher using drawing classes as therapy and wanted to share this new skill among the poor, socially deprived and troubled youngsters in Battambang. They founded an art school and public school followed to offer free education. A music school and theatre school were next and finally, for the kids who wanted more, the circus school. 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. Phare The Cambodian Circus offers these students and graduates somewhere to hone their skills and a place to earn a decent wage. Money that will take them out of poverty and give them self-respect and freedom.
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This show was as good or better than the big circus shows you can see in Las Vegas, for a fraction of the price. I was amazed at both the performers and musicians, and was sorry... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This show was as good or better than the big circus shows you can see in Las Vegas, for a fraction of the price. I was amazed at both the performers and musicians, and was sorry the show had to end. I would absolutely recommend this show to anyone visiting Siem Reap. And it's worth it to purchase the first... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We were booked to go to Phare by our travel agents and had fairly average expectations (hadn't looked at reviews), and our expectations were blown out of the water! Absolutely brilliant! Combination of humour, acrobatics and music was fantastic. The history of Phare is compelling, and what they have achieved is amazing. A must when in Siem Reep.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This show (we saw Eclipse) is simply awesome - a visceral and powerful physical display combined with comedy and theatre. Just go

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We didn't no what to expect when we booked. Everyone was talking about the show. The title is confusing. This is not a Circus, but a school of performing arts. All i can say is just go, absolutely amazing acrobatics. The best $18 show you'll ever see.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Loved the performance by these talented young generation of Khmers, their performance was outstanding with so many tricks and their story of a generation that will never forget the horrible history of Khmer Rouge. It's definitely a must see if you want to learn more about Cambodia's history with a twist of humor, exciting energetic tricks and charming music they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Amazingly awesome, Phare is a must-see performance filled with drama, music and unbelievably difficult balancing and physical skill acts! We enjoyed our first showing so much, two days later we saw the exact same show once again! After the show, they actors were even kind enough to stick around and greet guests and take pictures. Great job to all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Saw this performance in Siem Reap. A high energy fast paced show with humour, acrobatics, dance and with a story line. Hand clapping foot stomping good fun. Absolutely brilliant show! This is an absolute must see!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We went on 26th august night. Ticket price is 18$ for adult open seating. 7.30pm gate open ,better to be there before 7.30pm as queue will be there to enter. We got very good seat and the show was excellent , house ful audience full of chear. Performers are very talented hats off to them. If you are in siem... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The Phare Cambodian circus show in Siem Reap is an amazing, superb and awesome show of acrobatic skills. (There is apparently another similar show in Battambang and i have earlier given a review under the Battambang show. But from the reviews, the standard at both shows in Siem Reap and Batambang appear to be of similar high standards.) The energy... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were interested in visiting the school and see the student show in Battambang as we own a small circus school in our town and so we went to Battambang before hitting Siem Riep. School: supposedly there is a tour of the arts school (5$) but we visited in August and apparently nobody able to do the tour is there... More 

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