Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Circus is a-coming

Putho performed in Battambang in July 2010
The circus is coming to town. No big-top but instead the youngsters from Battambang's Phare Ponleu Selpak will be bringing their own brand of circus and theatre to the Beeline Arena in Phnom Penh on Saturday 29 September. The show, Putho!, is what they call a metaphorical show about relationships between teenagers, love and tenderness depicted through acrobatics, lifts, juggling, dance, balancing and contortion. Thirteen young circus artists will present the show, which has already had three tours in Europe, beginning at 6pm, with tickets costing $3.50 from Monument Books, with a new circus show planned for each month in the capital. PPS are also planning to open a big top, quite literally, in Siem Reap sometime next year. I saw the show on a visit to Battambang in July 2010 and its definitely worth making the effort to get along to Beeline to see this performance. You can keep up to date with PPS at their website. I've also just heard that circus performers from Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos will be strutting their stuff for three evenings, from 5pm, on 27/28/29 September at the performing arts center in front of the National Assembly in Phnom Penh. A 1,000 seat theater has been created especially for these performances, with tickets at 15K Riel each.

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