The Phare circus in Siem Reap is popular world over for its ability to combine storytelling with dance, music, and acrobatic and gymnastic movements. Unfortunately the shows had shutdown mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic leaving Cambodian artists and performers struggling to make ends meet.
Phare Ponleu Selpak’s Tor Vutha said performances helped artists, many of whom come from difficult backgrounds, put aside their problems for a few hours and focus on an art form that made them happy.
He said the lack of performances meant that performers were feeling the additional emotional burden of the pandemic, without an outlet for these emotions.
“Performing is the art of healing,” he said. “It helps reduce the stress of not only our artists but also the audience’s [stress].”
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