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Artists perform in Cambodia's famous Battambang Circus
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
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A young performer of the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus prepares to perform a handstand during the Bat Kong Khinion show in front of a crowd of tourists and locals on December 20, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia. 'Phare, the Cambodian Circus' is part of a wider project called 'Phare Ponleu Selpak,' which means 'the brightness of the arts.' Phare began in 1986 in a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border. A group of 9 of children who took part in drawing workshops in the camp had the idea to form a creative association to help other children express the trauma of war. Today, artistic practice and development is at the heart of the formal education, life and social skills offered to the young people they work with. Alongside a governmentally run public school for about 900 children, Phare Ponleu Selpak has provided art school, social support and education for almost 20 years in Battambang, Cambodia.

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Artists from the Phare circus perform acrobatics during the Eclipse show on December 21, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia. 'Phare, the Cambodian Circus' is part of a wider project 'Phare Ponleu Selpak' which means 'the brightness of the arts.'

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Artists from the Phare circus perform acrobatics during the Eclipse show on December 21, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia. 'Phare, the Cambodian Circus' is part of a wider project 'Phare Ponleu Selpak' which means 'the brightness of the arts.'

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A group of artists of the Phare circus performs acrobatic movements while waving a flag during the Eclipse show on December 21, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia. 'Phare, the Cambodian Circus' is part of a wider project 'Phare Ponleu Selpak' which means 'the brightness of the arts.'

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Artists from the Phare circus perform acrobatics with fire during the Eclipse show on December 21, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia. 'Phare, the Cambodian Circus' is part of a wider project 'Phare Ponleu Selpak' which means 'the brightness of the arts.'

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A group of artists performs tribal scenes with shadows during the Eclipse show on December 21, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia. 'Phare, the Cambodian Circus' is part of a wider project 'Phare Ponleu Selpak' which means 'the brightness of the arts.'

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Two artists from the Phare circus perform acrobatics in front of the tent as the sun sets in the background on December 21, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia. 'Phare, the Cambodian Circus' is part of a wider project 'Phare Ponleu Selpak' which means 'the brightness of the arts.'

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Two young performers of the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus stretch during practice in the circus training room on December 20, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia.

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An artist from the Phare circus draws a fake moustache on the face of a fellow performer before the Bat Kong Khinion show in the circus practice room on December 20, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia.

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Artists from six to twenty-five years of age pratice in the circus training room on December 20, 2013 in Battambang, Cambodia.

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