Tini Tinou: Kick Off 2015

Tini Tinou. In Khmer it means ‘here and there’. Between 2004 and 2010, Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPSA) hosted an international circus festival held alternately each year in Battambang and Phnom Penh. Artists from all over the world were invited to spend time in Cambodia, teach workshops to the students at PPSA, collaborate on projects and create a showcase that was presented to the community. It wasn’t just circus performers, but singers, dancers, actors, playwrights, clowns, painters, choreographers and more. The idea was to put people together from all sorts of artistic and geographic backgrounds and to create something completely original.

After 2010, funding ran dry and the festival was cancelled. But in 2014, Tini Tinou was revived, albeit on a smaller scale. Only Cambodian artists performed and it was mainly to Cambodian audiences. But it was a hit. The two shows in Phnom Penh were sold out and audiences loved what they saw.

So, plans were more ambitious for the following year. International performers were invited and a three-city tour was planned—Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang.

And here we are, on the cusp of the 2015 premiere of this revived version of Tini Tinou. We at Phare are excited to welcome artists from Taiwan, Vietnam, France and Switzerland who will perform alongside Phare artists and students from the National Circus School of Cambodia. Over the next week, we’ll post behind the scenes photos and videos, interviews with the artists and festival organizers, information about shows and workshops and more on our blog, facebook page, twitter, instagram and google+, so check back in with us from time to time.

See you at the show!