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The Symbolism in “Sokha”

The Symbolism in “Sokha”


Posted By on Mar 21, 2017

Understanding the Symbolism in “Sokha” The Phare Circus show, Sokha, tells a powerful and emotional story. It’s based on the true-life experience of Phare Ponleu Selpak’s founders – from when they were young students in a thriving Cambodia, their survival of the Khmer Rouge era, and through to their vision and creation of a school using art to help heal and educate other children. Throughout the show, the many symbols and...

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Meet the team – Darytha

Meet the team – Darytha


Posted By on Mar 13, 2017

Meet the team – Darytha By Emily Martin Every single day the costumes you see on stage need constant washing, ironing, repairing and developing and there’s no better lady for the job than Darytha! What is your role here at Phare? At first, my very first job here was not actually a clear one, I didn’t even have a contract. I was just helping with small jobs as in the beginning there was no costume manager so I was hired now and then...

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Meet the stars: Srey Leak

Meet the stars: Srey Leak


Posted By on Mar 4, 2017

Meet the Stars: Srey Leak One of two female performers in Eclipse, Srey Leak grew up in Battambang and sold cakes with her mother and sister before joining the circus. How long have you been with Phare? I’ve been with Phare for 12 years. I started as a student at the Phare Poleu Selpak public school in Battambang when I was nine years old and then joined the circus school when I was 13. I have been performing with Phare for a long...

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Women’s Day: Women of Phare

Women’s Day: Women of Phare


Posted By on Mar 3, 2017

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, and at Phare, we celebrate and salute the Women of Phare for their immense contributions in shaping the society and for being role models to Cambodian youth today. Choub Kanha and Nov Sreyleak, two of our talented and busiest stars of the Phare family, have been performing in Siem Reap since 2013. They’ve grown and matured into famous professional performing artists and have proven to...

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Meet the Stars – Choub Kanha

Meet the Stars – Choub Kanha


Posted By on Feb 27, 2017

At the tender age of 21, Choub Kanha is one of the busiest stars of the Phare family. Kanha performs in Eclipse, Sokha and now our newest show Same Same But Different (SSBD). Unlike any of the other shows at Phare, SSBD explores the cultural differences and personality quirks between Cambodians and westerners in a hilarious theatrical performance featuring brand new stunts.   How did you become a performer for Phare? I am from...

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First They Killed My Father

First They Killed My Father


Posted By on Feb 18, 2017

Loung Ung’s harrowing tale of life during the times of the Khmer Rouge reflect the realities of many Cambodian’s alive in this period.   Up until the age of 5, Ung lived a happy life in Phnom Penh with her mother, father and 6 siblings enjoying middle class life due to the father’s job as a high-ranking government official. At this time the Kingdom of Cambodia reflected on a rich history dating back thousands of years to the...

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