Rouge (12:08)

Circus Post is a series of short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

A stark and simple production drawing on memories of the Khmer Rouge regime, Rouge is the creation of Phare Ponleu Selpak, an art school operating in Battambang but originally formed on the Thai border in 1986 as a refugee camp.

Working through an escalating tension between the actions of the group and the individual, Rouge takes a measured approach in asking its audience to reflect on the conflict between personal and collective will, the militarisation of teenage youth, and the unvoiced expression of physical coercion.

To create the show the school collaborated for three years with the French group Compagnie UBI, and here UBI’s artistic director (Sarosti Nay) and producer (Sophie Jadin) illuminate the process of working with eight of PPS’ young acrobats – members of a generation for whom Pol Pot’s regime is only half-known or half-believed. Sometimes abstract, sometimes brutally direct, Phare Ponleu Selpak’s work remembers the Khmer Rouge regime.

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