Domination. Manipulation. Survival of the fittest How do we create a place for ourselves in the world?

Survival of the fittest.

Influence mixes drama, circus and puppetry to explore struggles for power and survival: survival of the fittest. From primordial organisms battling in pre-historic jungles to an ancient king being manipulated by external forces or a runner tripping his competitors to win a race; all seek to triumph. The characters of Influence dominate and are dominated, trick and are tricked, but ultimately discover their own strength and find unique place in the world.

Influence is one of the latest creations by Phare Ponleu Selpak, with funding support from UNESCO and the European Union as part of a professional arts development project. The artists, musicians and their teachers have come up with a powerful, theatrical drama about a contemporary social issue, survival of the fittest and struggle for power, that is on track to become a top Phare production.


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Influence: The Beginnings

As we welcome “Influence” to the Siem Reap big top, guests might be interested to know more about the story behind it. Many of the themes are universally recognizable, while others are very specific to the Cambodian experience.

They Call Him “Ako”

His nickname is “Ako”... ...which literally means “The deaf” in Cambodian language. It's common for Cambodians to state things as they are, sometimes without emotional attachment and without the awareness of any affect or consequence it may have....

Open Day Celebration 2017

By Sunita Mager - Every year, all of the students attending Phare Ponleu Selpak come together to celebrate their achievements, their creativity and their joy of learning by opening up the school to the public to showcase their work. [gallery size="large" type="divi"...

NOTE: Phare, The Cambodian Circus’ shows are inspired by the real-life experiences of its creators and performers and deal with themes such as war, discrimination, relationships, poverty and ghosts. Some performances contain smoke, loud noises & music and strobe lights. Please consult with a member of the ticketing staff if you have any concerns or you have very young children.