With a passion for classical arts, 25-years-old Sang Malen first wanted to study classical dance.
However seeing that few people studied circus arts, Ms Malen chose this classical Khmer form to pursue at the Royal University of Fine Arts despite it being hard for her as a girl.
“I have practiced circus arts since I was 11 years old,” she said.
“I realised that it was not easy but I never thought of giving up because it has almost disappeared as a Khmer art form.”
She said most people who love classical arts choose to study dance and other forms for which the training is easier.
Also, many people believe that when girls train in circus arts, they are not able to have children. For this reason people who started training in the same year as her have all given up.
“Although not many people support it, I still want to be on the circus arts path,” Ms Malen said.
“It is not only to preserve the Khmer culture. Circus helps me to be healthy because I have to work hard at training. And I hope people will support this form again.”