So it all came to an end. We have been running the project for two long years and as it seems it unfortunately has no future at least not for now. We encountered many difficulties on the way. The most challenging part was to find students who would devote themselves to practice. In the two years we basically found two students out of more than fifty who had enough effort to form an act and take it out for show.
Why did it go this way? What did we do wrong? I would say nothing really. We were offering easy, fun and free circus classes promoting good health,exercise, team-work and social well being. I guess we could have chosen the location and time better but are things of space-time continuum that where we do not want to go.
At least we did all we could to make this project bloom. Everything was free, we were teaching warm-up, stretching and basic technique in many disciplines, we had international and Khmer guests performing and teaching at Circus Kampot, we watched videos together, we spoke Khmer, we got gigs for the students, we were offering English classes from time to time, we were part of the Cirque du Monde network, we were applying for funds in many different sectors, we designed and budgeted our own training space (never built though).
This and many other things we did on the way and I think although the project stopped I think it was not vain. Not in vain at all.
We had lots of good times with a lot of students. I think we were able to give a glimpse of inspiration for the children we worked with. I think that the most important thing they learned was the fact that there is life outside the box. That here are things to discover and learn outside the ordinary.And that those things can be explored alone or together working in a team and that it can be fun.
In the picture you see me and four local guys taking down the trampoline. I gave the frame to the tallest guy, Rattanak, so he could use it to build a roof for his house.
Thank You all who supported us on the way!
It was a great ride and it might still continue some day!