5 Highlights of Phare Insider at the Original Cambodian Circus

Phare Circus costume design team on Phare Insider tour

Phare Insider: Unveiling the Backstage Magic

Embark on an immersive journey into the world of Phare, The Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap. With Phare Insider, you will experience the behind-the-scenes wonders that make the magic happen. Explore the technician, costume design and artist work areas. Take a peek into the stage entrance. Engage in an informative Q&A session with a Phare Circus manager to learn more about the project. Prepare for an unforgettable entertainment adventure.


Step into the technician work area and be amazed at the ingenuity of the technicians as they design and build props using simple materials. Take a look at the props, staging, lighting and sound equipment used for performances at the Phare Circus big top and outside private events around Cambodia.

Costume Design

Explore the costume design work area and gain appreciation for the genius of the costume design team. Marvel at their creativity as they transform simple materials into costumes worn during the performances. Learn about how they design and maintain the costumes that contribute to the magic on stage.


Check-out the artist and musician work areas where they rehearse and prepare for the nightly performances. Visit the artists’ gym, make-up room, physical therapy facility and living space.  Absorb the energy and anticipation that fills the air, setting the stage for unforgettable entertainment.

Stage Entrance

Get a sneak peek into the stage entrance, exclusively for the artists and Phare Insider guests. Imagine the activity there during the performance as performers dazzle the audience. It’s a glimpse into the thrilling moments that set the stage for a truly breathtaking live show.

Q&A Session

Wrap up your Phare Insider experience with a refreshing drink and an engaging Q&A session with a Phare Circus manager. Hear the story of Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school, where it all began. Get insider insights into the creation of the show, the artists’ training process, and the impact of Phare Circus on the community. It’s an opportunity to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this remarkable cultural phenomenon.

An Unforgettable Experience

Phare Insider offers five unforgettable highlights that take you beyond the ordinary at Phare Circus in Siem Reap. Explore the technician, costume design and artist work areas, peek into the stage entrance, and enjoy a captivating Q&A session with a Phare manager. Immerse yourself in the magic of unforgettable entertainment.

What guests are saying:

  • “I also learned a lot about the history and culture of Cambodian circus. Phare Insider was fascinating to learn about the way that circus has been used to preserve and promote traditional Cambodian culture.”
  • “Overall, I had a wonderful time on the Phare Insider tour. It was a truly unique and unforgettable experience. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about Cambodian circus culture.”

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Craig Dodge , Phare Circus Director of Sales and Marketing, presenting at Arival Activate conference

About the Author - Craig Dodge

Craig Dodge is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Phare Performing Social Enterprise, parent company of Phare, The Cambodian Circus and Phare Creative Studio. Craig gets great satisfaction by applying his travel industry experience to Phare's missions of sustaining jobs in the arts and funding artistic and academic education at Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school. He is also driven to promote the unique experiences awaiting visitors to Cambodia. When he's not working, you can often find Craig cycling in Angkor park.

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