Siem Reap’s ultra-funky Cambodian circus Phare celebrates its fifth anniversary this month, and its director of sales and marketing Craig Dodge says it’s come a long way since its humble beginnings on rented land on February 8, 2013.
Dodge, an American originally from Michigan, says the circus has transformed many people’s lives, including his own, following his decision to run away with the circus in September 2013.
“I was working for a small, local bicycle tour company at the time,” he says. “The Phare sales team came to our office to make a sales call and invited us to experience the show.
“Having the stereotypical American image of what a circus is, I didn’t expect much, but wow, was I mistaken. It wasn’t what I expected at all. It was dramatic, engaging, inspirational, entertaining.
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