Sokha is a child haunted by war. Her memories of surviving Khmer Rouge combine with surreal visions and nightmares to create a distorted and dark reality. But through art, she discovers her strength and finds the tools to heal both herself and her community.

The Phare Circus show 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.

Surviving Khmer Rouge

Sokha is a powerful mix of drama, dance, contemporary circus techniques, live painting, and original, live music. The show highlights the long term effects suffered by post-war victims and the way art provided a powerful way to heal and rebuild the country.

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Giant Puppet Parade 2016

The Giant Puppet Parade is back! Read more about the 2016 event. Phare Ponleu Selpak artists lead kids from various ourganizations to build giant puppets for the parade.

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.

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.