• Tini Tinou

    Phare Ponleu Selpak, Whereabouts Sunrise

    Led by a social mission to reach and empower local, disadvantaged children Tini Tinou is a month-long contemporary circus festival split between Cambodia's two largest and most populous cities: Phnom Penh and Battambang. Beginning with two weeks of workshops that invite practitioners from around the world to participate in intercultural exchange, the festival then moves on to a short artistic programme bookended by opening and closing parades in the two host cities.

    The artistic programme has act-based work in solo aerial and comic street shows, but interestingly also shows from the visual/performing/music school Phare Ponleu Selpak (literally, poetically, The Brightness of Art), which was originally set up in a refugee camp on the Thai border to help young refugees overcome the trauma of war through artistic expression. The school has a long-running association with the French company Cie UBI – in fact a detailed and ambitious three-year programme aimed at melding French circus languages with the existing cultural materials and forms – and the urgent social pressures – of contemporary Cambodia.

  • Magazine

    By Jon Deline on 4 February 2011 in Features

    Heavy rain, desperate improvisation, an exploding generator – Jon Deline on performing at Cambodia's Tini Tinou International Circus Festival and why he'd do it all again.

    'The technical malfunctions started at annoying but soon reached a level of terrifying. Lights would go in and out, sound levels would go up and down for no apparent reason, sometimes causing the audience to shield their ears because the music was too loud. The coup de grace of the technical staff was the full-scale explosion of the generator that powered the follow spot. A doomsday visage, engulfed in flames, perched ten feet away from the audience.'