“I went to school for the cookies the teachers gave to students for free … and dreamed I could travel to other countries to perform.” Phunam, an artist of Phare
Expect the Unexpected! The performers of Phare learn their skills through Phare Ponleu Selpak - Beacon for the Arts – founded after the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1994 to rescue children from the streets, troubled homes, and trafficking by providing free food, education, training, and jobs.
Phare performs Khmer Metal. Set in a funky, grungy Phnom Penh rock bar, the show reflects the realities of Cambodia’s urban nightlife. The opening is described by the CNN reporter as follows: “A bar owner arrives to find his bartender still drunk, sleeping on a floor littered with empty beer bottles and cans. The band arrives, carrying a beaten-up car door. The intoxicated bartender is incapable of walking a straight line, yet he takes to a tightrope strung across the bar to do tricks to impress the cute female vocalist.”
“… an edgy, alternative, down-to-earth, all singing-and-dancing Cambodian circus in the tradition of Cirque du Soleil … accomplished in acrobatics, contortion, aerial ballet, balancing, tightrope walking, fire dancing, vaulting, juggling, music, dance, drama, mime and comedy. Their show, Khmer Metal, about love, life and rock ‘n’ roll, is set over the course of one night in a crazy bar and its edge-of-the-seat stuff.” – Lara Dunston, for CNN
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