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Cambodia

Phare Ponleu Selpak: Theatre, acrobatic and traditional Khmer music

Topic: domestic violence, migration into cities, street kids

The visit took place in September 2012 in Denmark. To prepare the pupils the teachers showed a film and read texts about Cambodia with their students.

The group showed an impressive theatre performance with elements of acrobatic. They dealt with the topics domestic violence, migration into cities and street kids. In their workshops they taught acrobatic and kids could play with traditional instruments and come to know Khmer music. The workshop started with joint warming up sketches. It was a very good experience and the young Cambodians were good trainers. The work with aesthetic expressions proved here that it is an ice breaker that can communicate through shyness, language difficulties and age gap.

The host families were very positive and also hosted the guests during the weekend. It was overwhelming for families and children to say good bye. Many of them still have contact through Facebook. One from Cambodia will visit “his family” this summer.

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