See You Yesterday (MAY 16-19) features nineteen Cambodian performers who use their skills in acrobatics and circus performance to shatter a legacy of silence. Performed by second-generation survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide, the show explores the fragmented narratives these young artists have inherited from their parents and grandparents. We’re thrilled to welcome these artists to Boston and wanted to introduce you to these amazing storytellers. Check out their head shots and bios to learn more about these performers before they take to the stage at the Paramount!
Cheat Sopheap started his circus training in 2006 at Phare Ponleu Selpak. His circus skills are acrobatics and balancing act. He has been part of the Rouge and Eclipse productions. He has toured to Europe and to Hong Kong.
Chuob Kanha is 20 years old. Inspired by her brother who is a music student at Phare Ponleu Selpak, Kanha started her circus training in 2003. She is a contortionist and does partner acrobatics. She has worked with many local and international theater and circus artists and recently toured to France in the Eclipse production.
Heng Chhaya was born in 1991. He started his circus training at Phare Ponleu Selpak in 2003, specializing in acrobatics. He is in the Eclipse cast that recently toured in France.
Houn Sopheap (Lign) was born in 1993. He started his circus training in 2003 at Phare Ponleu Selpak. He performs in Rouge and Eclipse.
Houth Hieng is among the first generation of professional artists at Phare Ponleu Selpak. She started her circus training in 1998. She has worked on numerous projects including Theatre du Soleil and has toured to countries in Europe and Japan. Currently Hieng is an instructor and pedagogy coordinator at Phare Ponleu Selpak.
Khuon Kimlon was born in 1990. He was trained in circus at Phare Ponleu Selpak. He has been in several of Phare’s productions including Putho, Sokha, and My Village, and most recently White Gold.
Lay Virak was born in 1991. He was trained in theater at Phare Ponleu Selpak in 2010. Verak has been part of several productions at Phare.
Mon Borey is 18 years old. He was trained in theater at Phare Ponleu Selpak. Borey has a strong interest in theater and this is his first professional production.
Mony Ratanak Sambath
Mony Ratanak Sambath, age 23, was trained in circus at Phare Ponleu Selpak. He is an acrobat and juggler. Sambath is a very talented artist and has toured extensively in Europe to perform. He has keen interest in developing his arts further.
Ney Lina, born in 1990, was trained in theater at Phare Ponleu Selpak. She has performed in several educational theater projects.
Nov Sreyleak was born in 1991 and started her circus training at Phare Ponleu Selpak in 2004. She is an Arn Chon-Pond Scholarship Awardee. She performed in her first production at the age of 14. She is a contortionist, hand balancer and acrobat. She has recently toured to France as part of the Eclipse production.
Nov Sreyleap was born in 1987 and was trained in theater at Phare Ponleu Selpak. For the past 15 years at Phare, Sreyleak has worked in numerous projects, including the production with Theatre du Soleil.
Phat Sreyleak is 18 years old and was trained in circus at Phare Ponleu Selpak. She is among the youngest members of the cast in this production. Sreyleak has demonstrated great interest and dedication to her artistic development for the past two years working on this project. She is now attending university while continue to be performing artist at Phare.
Sem Sinak, born in 1983, was trained in theater at Phare Ponleu Selpak. Sinat believes in the arts because she can contribute to improving her own community and she learns passionately about life.
Pai Phirom is 22 years and was trained in circus at Phare Ponleu Selpak. He is an acrobat and rola bola specialist.
Preab Poch was born in 1987 and started his theater training in 1998 at Phare Ponleu Selpak. He has performed in numerous educational theater projects and toured to provinces in Cambodia. From 2006-2013, Pouch was a cast member of Eclipse and Royaume du Cambodge. He also performed in the production of The Terrible yet Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia.
San Samdy is 24-years-old and started training in circus in 2006 at Phare Ponleu Selpak. He has performed in Eclipse in Cambodia and has toured to Europe several times.
Sim Chantha was born in 1993. When he was young, he saw the training at Phare Ponleu Selpak and was fascinated. He was trained in the juggling act in circus at Phare Ponleu Selpak. Chantha is a cast member of Eclipse.
Yam Sopheak was trained in the diabolo act in circus at Phare Ponleu Selpak. He joined the school in 2007. He is currently a circus student at Phare Ponleu Selpak.