The End of Love, a cabaret that showcases a blend of singing, dancing, acting and circus acts, is set to enchant audiences at Bar Menaka on Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich with shows on March 3 at 6pm and 8:30pm. 

The collaboration offers a unique spectacle that stands unparalleled in Cambodia, and marks the first joint effort between The Acting Academy and the Performing Arts School of Phare Ponleu Selpak, a non-profit arts and circus school based in Battambang town and province.

The performance aims not only to entertain but to evoke a spectrum of emotions through its multidisciplinary approach. The actors, having undergone rigorous preparation, bring to the stage a fusion of experiences across various artistic domains. 

According to KB Saadi, co-founder of The Acting Academy and director of the performance, the show leverages the spontaneous creativity of its actors and contemporary international narratives to craft a captivating experience. 

“The initiative is designed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, unsure of what to expect next but assured of a powerful expression of art,” said Saadi. 

Osman Khawaja, executive director of Phare Ponleu Selpak, highlighted the significance of the collaboration, emphasising the creative learning opportunities it presents for students. 

“Our students could learn and have a creative role in this new cabaret-style show. A cabaret-style dining theatre experience is unique in Cambodia, and this performance is pushing the boundaries for new ways of enjoying arts and culture, in a country that still has a long way to go in building a sustainable audience for performing arts,” said Khawaja.

The event underscores the commitment of The Acting Academy and Phare Ponleu Selpak to enrich the arts scene. 

By attending, patrons not only celebrate the talents of the performers but also support the mission of these organisations to foster arts education and creativity among Cambodian youth. The support is crucial for the continuity of their endeavors.

The participation of the audience in performances such as The End of Love transcends mere attendance; it plays a crucial role in valuing and encouraging the actors and all those involved in bringing the performance to life.

“As non-profit entities focusing on art, circus and performing arts education, our missions to nurture talent and provide creative outlets for youth relies heavily on community backing,” said Khawaja. 

Tickets for this transformative experience are available for purchase online, offering an opportunity to partake in a unique cultural event, while supporting the artistic development of children and young artists.