International Tours: “Eclipse” In France

Artist performing Diabolo in the Phare Circus show "Eclipse"

International Tours: “Eclipse” in France

Phare Circus is a social enterprise owned by Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school. Together, at-risk Cambodian youth transform their lives through free education and well-paying jobs in the arts. The artists make good income through international tours, but also have life experiences not previously available to them.

Since 2002, Phare artists have gone on yearly tours in France. Organized by a partner organization called Collectif clowns d’ailleurs et d’ici, these tours allow Phare students and graduates to experience tour life, learn about life in Europe and gain valuable exposure to performing arts and artists outside of Cambodia.

12593463_969799546448018_508951193134610288_oFor the past month artists from “Eclipse” have been touring in Lille, Argenteuil, Annonay and more. It is their second trip to France in two years.

The performances have been going well. French audiences are responding with enthusiasm to the unique Cambodian storyline and themes of superstition, social rejection and redemption.12615548_969799416448031_3186992131312267604_o


Photos by David Bonnet.

Read about other Phare tours in France and the USA.

Read more about “Eclipse”.

About Phare Circus

Phare Circus is more than a conventional acrobatic circus. The artists create and perform stories based on their own life experiences. Drawing from recent history, folklore and modern society, the artists blend drama, dance, live music and circus arts to share a part of their lives with audiences. The performers come from unimaginably difficult social and economic background. They discover and develop their skills at Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school. They are able to earn a good living and transform their lives at Phare Circus, breaking the cycle of poverty.

About Hors Jeu Productions

Hors Jeu Productions supports Solidarity Circus Arts associations and companies around the world to enable them to finance their social programs and training. We promote teacher capacity building and improved learning conditions through numerous educational exchanges with renowned circus schools. Finally, we build sustainable careers for graduate artists through creative residencies, artistic collaborations, and the distribution of shows in France, Europe and America.

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