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These Cambodian Performers Are Using The Circus Arts To Heal Intergenerational Trauma

During the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, the threat of violence and death permeated daily life. Leader Pol Pot’s brutal militia enforced new rules, expected unflinching allegiance and engaged in social engineering to create a master race, killing nearly two million people.

For a group of Cambodian performers whose elders survived the Khmer Rouge conflict, the past was shrouded in silence. To shatter that reticence, they developed theater piece “See You Yesterday” that harnesses their acrobatic and circus arts skills to physically embody their inherited trauma. The show, directed by Michael Lessac and produced by Global Arts Corps (GAC), premieres in the U.S. via ArtsEmerson at the Paramount Center on Thursday, May 16…

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