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村徑:我們在島嶼相(重)遇
The Trail: Village is Where We Meet (Again)

這一夜,我們都是M村的村民。更準確而言,我們都是這條在那個島嶼上,已然荒廢的M村的村民,或其後代。M村一百二十年一次的村民大會,注定不是所有村民在有生之年,都能經歷一次。許多年前,或者說許多許多年前,M村的村民說,我們約定,每一個多世紀,我們相聚一次,談村的過去與未來,也談人的過去與未來。他說,自然世界裡許多循環皆是以一百二十年相隔,我們何不就此約定?他們說,好,就這樣。

「如果村不再存在呢」?並沒有人這樣問過。2015年1月31日,一百二十年一次的M村大會要來了。可是在此之前約干年,M村的人都離開了,生活在他方,然而他們約定,這晚還是回去相聚。他們說,村一旦存在過,就沒有「不存在」這回事。約定的地點,一如既往,在島的南方,廟前的空地,曾經什麼都可以在其中發生的空地。

聽說,不獨M村人在期待這夜。一直在行進之中的旅者,從前到過M村,今夜亦重臨舊地,重溫「故事」。

島嶼上,空地見。

參與藝術家
雄仔叔叔(阮志雄)|講古佬,也寫詩,江湖上人稱雄仔叔叔
史嘉茵| 音樂人

《村徑》是MaD 2015項目之一。

日期時間:2015年1月31日4:30pm – 10pm


Tonight we all belong to Village M.

We are residents, or descendants, of the deserted Village M on this island. Only a blessed few have the chance to attend the general assembly of Village M, which is held once every 120 years. In a history dating back ages ago, an M villager once suggested getting together around a century apart, rambling about the past and future of the village as well as of its people. Natural cycles usually go by 120 years, he said, why don’t we do the same? And the others agreed.

What if the village doesn’t exist anymore? No one has ever doubted this. Today on January 31, 2015, the general assembly of Village M has come again. Of course many villagers have already moved out by this time and settled elsewhere, but they are still returning to meet their former neighbours tonight. They never forget their agreement, believing that so long as the village has once been standing, it never ‘ceases to exist’. The place of gathering is the same as before: the open area in front of the temple to the south of the island, a stretch of land once full of possibilities.

Not only are M villagers looking forward to the homecoming tonight, but travellers who stumbled upon here by chance are also returning for fond stories and memories.

So see you at the open space on the island.

Participating Artists
Uncle Hung (Yuen Che Hung)|Storyteller and poet. Also nicknamed Uncle Hung.
Sze Ka Yan | Musician

 The Trail is a part of MaD 2015.

Time and date: 4:30pm –10pm, 31.1.2015

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