How far would someone go to fight back against rejection and bullying to gain community acceptance?

In a rural Cambodian village, a disfigured young man is rejected and ridiculed. He wonders why he is cursed and seeks help from the gods. They answer his prayers by transforming him into a beautiful woman with magical powers. Using this new form, he attracts the attention and desire of the village men. But the villagers quickly discover there’s something sinister about the newcomer in their midst.

Community Acceptance

Based on traditional Cambodian folktales handed down through generations, Eclipse is a story of rejection, revenge, spirit possession and eventual forgiveness and community acceptance. The story is set to original music and told through a dramatic mix of theater, traditional dance and modern circus arts.

Discover the Cambodian legends and myths in “Eclipse”. 

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Production I < ALL PRODUCTIONS PONLEU SAMNANGA young woman, Ponleu Samnang, lost her parents to the Khmer Rouge. An elderly man living in a pagoda taught art to Samnang and the other youth of her village, to help heal after the war. The story is inspired by the...


Production I < ALL PRODUCTIONS KHMER ANGKOR VILLAGEArtists portray daily life in a rural, Cambodian village. Through drama, dance, live music and circus, they express how traditional values, culture and Buddhist beliefs guide personal and community relationships. ​...


Production I < ALL PRODUCTIONS WHITE GOLD In the Khmer language, “nourishment” cannot be expressed without the word “rice”. Cambodians are born, live, work and die in the rice fields. Rice is eaten morning, noon and night. Rice represents the richness of Cambodia...

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.