In cooperation with Phare Ponleu Selpak, Urban Village is bringing Cambodia’s famous circus shows to Phnom Penh. It is going to be their first time performing in town. The cooperation aims to promote Cambodian modern arts as well as to support the organization which is currently affected by the covid-19 pandemic, said Urban Village’s founder and executive director, Catherine Chan.
Ms. Catherine adds, there will be four fully-sponsored private shows at Factory Phnom Penh’s Artspace inside the Urban Village’s international community for residents and visitors to enjoy, performed by well-trained students from Phare Ponleu Selpak, an organization working to improve the lives of disadvantaged Cambodian children through arts and education.
“Art is very important to our daily lives and we can not live without it. I am very delighted with this cooperation to bring the best circus performances in Cambodia for residents and visitors of our international community to experience. I hope this cooperation will help reduce all the stress and problems the organization is currently facing due to covid-19,” Ms. Catherine said.
About Phare Ponleu Selpak
Phare Ponleu Selpak, which means “The Brightness of the Arts” in Khmer, is a Cambodian non-profit arts school located in Battambang province. The organization provides support to vulnerable children, youth and the surrounding communities through artistic, educational and social programs.
Opened its first campus to officially welcome students in 1994, but the work of Phare Ponleu Selpek had been started back in 1986 in a refugee camp at the border of Cambodia and Thailand. It was initiated by Veronique Decrop, a French drawing teacher and founder, who helped countless Cambodian children and their families to overcome their traumas caused by wars through the arts.
About the Performance
The performance at Urban Village is called Cabaret. It features a mix of short sketches and circus tricks. The Cabaret is special because it is an evolving showcase of the performers’ talents and tricks that will entertain and make you laugh throughout the whole show.
The shows are scheduled as below :
–1st show, 16th January 2021, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
–2nd show, 23rd January 2021, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
–3rd show, 30th January 2021, 5:00/ pm-6:30 pm
–4th show, 06th February 2021, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
***Note: These shows are private.