At a cost of USD15, you get to watch what is essentially a circus performance, the acts of which are tied together through an underlying story of sorts – think Cambodian Cirque du Soleil. Fairly well known, the group has toured internationally, performing in various countries to good reviews.
The show’s performers are from a small town in Cambodia called Battambang and are trained by an NGO, whose mission it is to give these kids and teens a real alternative to a desolate life on the streets. This NGO provides skills training mainly in circus performance, art, dance and graphic design, with overseas volunteers providing the training in these areas. The good work can be seen in the end result of the show, which is written and performed entirely by the students themselves. The show is constantly changing, with new stories and acts performed every few months. Proceeds from ticket sales goes back to further developing the scope of this NGO i.e. it goes to a good and proper cause.
Here are a couple of photos of some of the scenes I took from the Khmer Metal show that I watched. I promise you it is even more impressive in real life. 😉
So if you’re getting bored with yet another night down in Pub Street or Alley Street, do yourself and these Battambang kids a favour and check their latest show out!
- The performance takes place near the Angkor National Museum (about 15 minutes walk from the centre of Siem Reap or USD2 tuk-tuk ride)
- The show starts at 7.30pm and lasts for just over an hour
- Unless you get the VIP tickets (which costs c.USD35), tickets are free seating so arrive early and line up to ensure you get the best pick of the seats (you’re good if you get there for just before 7pm)
- Bring your cameras and camcorders as they are more than happy for viewers to use these during the performance (the more publicity they can get the better)
- Stay on after the show is over for a chance to talk to and get your photos with the performers