Siem Reap is perhaps best known as the relaxed resort town, located near the world-famous Angkor temples. But beyond the ruins of the spectacular temples, there is another unmissable attraction on the very western outskirts of the city. At the very west end of Sok San Road, near the intersection of Phare Circus Ring Road, is Phare, the Cambodian Circus. It is arguably the best, most authentic, and thrilling night of entertainment you will experience in Cambodia.
Phare is an unforgettable experience that brings together theater, music, dance, acrobatics, and the circus to tell uniquely Cambodian stories. More than simply a circus or an entertaining show of acrobatics, the way that the performance unfolds can be surprising for first-time spectators. The stories are all distinctly Cambodian, based on either folk stories or modern dramas that are set in a post-Khmer Rouge era Cambodia.
Many of the shows are inspired by the real-life experiences of the Phare artists. Sokha deals with themes such as post-war trauma and the rehabilitative powers of art, while Khmer Metal takes the audience on a wild journey through the grungy world of Phnom Penh’s rock scene. Other shows like Sokrias (Eclipse) and Preu (Chills) are based on traditional Cambodian folk tales but are reinterpreted in a playful and modern way. Almost all of Phare’s shows, however, deal with serious issues like the war, poverty, discrimination, bullying, and post-traumatic stress for the many Cambodians who survived life under the Khmer Rouge.
许多表演的灵感均来自于Phare艺术家们的真实生活体验。《Sokha》 探讨战后创伤和艺术治愈力量的话题, 而《Khmer Metal 》则让观众领略了金边的地下摇滚音乐，体验一场狂野的音乐旅程。而其它的表演, 如《Sokrias（Eclipse）》和《Preu（Chills）》则是改编自柬埔寨的传统民间故事, 以俏皮和现代的方式重新诠释。然而, 几乎Phare的所有节目都是与严肃的话题相关的,譬如战争、贫困、歧视、欺凌和许多经历红色高棉时代幸存下来的柬埔寨人们所承受的战后创伤和压力。
Even in modern Cambodia, and especially in the rural villages, one in every five Cambodians still lives in poverty. In addition to producing high-quality shows, Phare is on a social mission to help bring the country’s many underprivileged children and their families above the poverty line by providing them with free professional arts training. All of the performers at Phare are graduates from Phare Ponleu Salpak, an NGO art school based in Battambang.
即使在今天的柬埔寨, 特别是在农村地区, 每五位柬埔寨人中就有一位仍然生活在贫困之中。所以，Phare 除了制作高质量的表演外, 还在实践一项社会使命——通过向贫困儿童提供免费的专业艺术培训, 帮助他们和他们的家庭脱离贫困。Phare马戏团的所有表演者都是毕业于Phare Ponleu Salpak学校，这是一所位于柬埔寨马德望的非政府组织的艺术学校。
Phare Ponleu Salpak (PPSA) provides free training to children in Battambang, Cambodia, with many of their students going on to perform at Phare in Siem Reap. The school in Battambang was first founded in 1994 by nine young Cambodian men after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Taking the art training that they learned at a refugee camp, they returned home and offered free drawing classes to children and the local community. Soon after, they opened their own art school, providing vocational arts training in the visual arts, and later expanding to performing arts.
Phare Ponleu Salpak (PPSA) 为马德望的儿童提供免费培训, 他们中的许多学员之后会进入暹粒的 Phare Circus马戏团表演。这所学校是红色高棉垮台后，由九名年轻的柬埔寨男子于1994年成立的。他们在难民营中接受艺术训练, 返回家园后又向街头流浪儿童和当地社区提供免费绘画课程。不久之后, 他们就开设了自己的艺术学校, 提供视觉艺术方面的职业艺术训练, 后来又加入了表演艺术。
The energy and passion of the young circus artists at Phare Circus will undoubtedly impress and move everyone who comes to experience the show. It is a testament to the transformative and rehabilitative nature of art. While there are many things to do while in Siem Reap, such as visiting the Angkor temples, Ta Prohm, Tonle Sap, or the Old Market and Pub Street – a visit to the city would not be complete without also experiencing Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Be sure not to miss it!
Phare Circus马戏团年轻表演者的能量和激情一定能打动每一位观众，它很好地诠释了艺术的治愈和改造的力量。虽然，暹粒有许多值得参观的地方，譬如吴哥寺庙、塔布茏寺、 洞里萨湖、旧市场和酒吧街, 但是如果没有去看一场Phare Circus马戏团的表演，你的柬埔寨之旅可以说是不完整的，所以千万不要错过了哦!
Phare Circus Ring Road (South of intersection with Sok San Road)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phone: +855 (0) 15 499 480