Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Phare arrives in Siem Reap

Phare brings modern contemporary circus to Siem Reap form 8 Feb
Phare came to see me today in the shape of the lovely Coralie, their head of comms. Who are Phare you may well ask. They are the Siem Reap sister of Phare Ponleu Selpak from Battambang, the circus people. Whilst PPS remain in the 2nd city and will be continuing their regular shows with students/trainees, their professional troupe are moving to Siem Reap to start daily performances, initially in an open-air location, at the back of the Angkor National Museum. They begin on 8 February, performances will cost $15 for their 1-hour show that will start at 7.30pm and they will kick-off with ten consecutive days of Putho! followed by 4 days of their Eclipse show, and then back for another ten days of Putho! and so on. There is seating for 300 but they will expand to a 400-seat arena, in a large tent that will be arriving from France in May. And they are stopping their 1-night per month show in Phnom Penh as well, as the contract with Beeline is coming to an end. They need about 200 people per night to break even and will be looking to get a large chunk of the increasing Asian market that is visiting temple town these days. The Phare performers really are very good and this addition to the cultural offerings in Siem Reap will be very welcome. But don't be confused, this is modern contemporary circus with music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion rather than clowns with big feet and performing elephants. Go, watch and be entertained. I guarantee you'll love it.

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