Y-Space presented this series of performances at five historic walled villages in the New Territories. It represented Y-Space’s effort in enhancing public awareness of rural culture preservation, and arousing concern for the marginalization of the village way of life. The performances included parades, site specific dance, happenings, and the main stage event, The Disappearing Buffalo.
Buffaloes were central to agrarian life in Hong Kong. With the decline of farming and the abandoning of fields, these fascinating animals are becoming homeless. The story revolved around a villager who had emigrated many years before, and had returned to visit during the Tai Ping Ching Chiu Festival. He found the buffalo who used to be his childhood friend, but the old days of working in the fields together and stargazing at night had disappeared with the expansion of the city. As he bade sorrowful farewell to the buffalo, he met up with an old love, and together they embarked on the work of cultural preservation.
Artistic Director, Choreographer & Conceiver: Victor Choi-wo Ma
Producer & Choreographer: Mandy Ming-yin Yim
Director: Indy Lee
Playwright: Rensen Chan
Actors: Rico Woo & Kim Da Gun
Dancers: Lui Heung Man, Ivanho Lam, Alan Wong, Rebecca Wong, Judy Yiu & Christine Kehr
Live Musician: Man Ka Wai
Sound Designer: Him Law & Chan Fuk Hing
Set Designer: Lau Ming Hang
Costume Designer: Kenneth Leung
Community Dance Ambassadors: Yuki Ng, Maria Poon, Lisa Poon, Turbo Ma, Candy Chu, Zeo Ng, Carmen Lai, Tori Ng, Yukari Ip, Abi Lau, Sammie Ho, Koala Yip, Amy Chu, Patsy Fu, Lam Sing Chu, Angela Ko, Irene Tang, Elfin Cheung, Cheryl Wong, Erica Ngai, Alice Choo, Karen Chow, Wilson Fung & Franky Yau