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“Hardship is a Spaceship”——Screening and Sharing
“Hardship is a Spaceship”——Screening and Sharing

「我們在這個information-saturated 的世界,我們每天都會接收、接觸和傳播很多訊息,但很容易ignore 『現在』和 『當下』,一些看似很簡單和平凡的事物,如食材,其實當我們在切、剝和拎它們的時候,每一步都是一個moment 和經歷,如此平凡,其實就是我們的『歲月』。⋯⋯『艱辛歲月』中的『艱辛』不一定是指頹垣敗瓦或者是歷經風霜那種程度的『艱辛』,在『廚房』 裡面,我感受到的緊張而有點不知所措其實也是屬於我的『艱辛』。」其中一位經歷了演前導賞、演出、體驗式工作坊的同學如此說。

「重臨莊月明文化中心Studio 303 。上一次來這裡是九十年代,當年在這裡帶過幾個系列的通識課。推開門,腦海浮現的是,共同渡過那些時光的人在哪兒?共享那些記憶的,有誰?今日再來這裏,是讓剛看過演出的八位同學,以經歷劇中人做過的,來體驗甚麼是『第一人稱』。」《艱辛歲月》導演、主持體驗式工作坊的林奕華這樣期許。

「劇場就是課室」,因為戲劇的一個重要功能,是demonstration (示範),也就是「推論」,和「實踐」,一個讓「答案」作為「問題」誕生推動力的空間。




What kind of video work can be re-created from a theater work that has already been performed, and eight HKU students who have watched the performance? Could it be a spaceship that shuttles through the "Hard Times"?

"In this information-saturated world, we receive, come into contact with, and spread a lot of information every day, but it's easy to ignore the 'now' and the 'present'. Some seemingly simple and ordinary things, such as food ingredients, are moments and experiences in every step we take in cutting, peeling, and carrying them. Such ordinariness is actually our 'times'... The 'difficulty' in the 'Hard Times' does not necessarily refer to the kind of 'difficulties' we face in our actual lives. In the 'kitchen', the tension and confusion that I felt were also my 'Hard Times’." One of the students who had participated in the pre-performance talk, performance, and experiential workshop said this.

"Returning to Studio 303 of Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre. The last time I was here was in the 1990s when I hosted several series of General Education programmes. Pushing the door, I wondered, where are the people who spent those times together? Who shared those memories? Today, the eight students who have just watched the performance came here to experience what 'first-person perspective' means by experiencing what the characters in the play have experienced." Edward Lam, the director of “Hard Times”, and the host of the experiential workshop, expressed his expectations.

"Theater is a classroom" – one of the important functions of theatre works is demonstration, that is, "inference" and "practice"; a space that drives the "answer" as a force for "question" to emerge.

Days have passed, and the space has changed. Can a work be transformed into another work? Can people who have gone through hardships extract what kind of "universe" from it?

Has the spaceship landed? Does the spaceship need to land?

You are cordially invited to come aboard and take a look.

日期 Date:26/3/2024 (Tue)
時間 Time:18:30 – 20:30
地點 Venue:Studio 303, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre 莊月明文化中心
語言 Language:Cantonese & Putonghua 粵語及普通話 (Simultaneous interpretation in English will be provided upon request by 19/3) 
講者 Speakers:林奕華 Edward Lam (原創概念及導演 Original Concept & Director)
袁錦倫 Kenneth Yuen (影像導演 Video Director)
& HKU Students

報名 Registration:
HKU students and staff: 

Alumni and Public: 

參與學生Participating Students
Chen Yimei (PCLL, Year 1)   
Huo Chi (MA, Year 1)
Luo Bingyu (PhD, Year 1)     
Ma Yin Lam (BA, Year 1)      
Mo Yiyang (MA, Year 1)        
Ruan Chen (BEcon&Fin, Year 5)      
Tu Yuxi (MSc(AI), Year 1)     
Zeng Tengna (MA, Year 1)    


Date Time Venue
26 Mar 2024 18:30 - 20:30 Studio 303, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre 莊月明文化中心
Bio of Instructor(s) 導師簡介:
Edward LamEdward Lam 林奕華
Artistic Director, Edward Lam Dance Theatre
「非常林奕華」藝術總監,劇場導演。至今編導超過60齣原創作品。香港藝術發展獎藝術家年獎(戲劇)得主,並分別憑《男人與女人之戰爭與和平》、《紅娘的異想世界之在西廂》、《紅樓夢》三獲上海現代戲劇谷「壹戲劇大賞」年度最佳導演獎。2016年台灣《PAR表演藝術》雜誌出版第一本研究林奕華導演作品的著作《Who’s Afraid of 林奕華:在劇場,與禁忌玩遊戲》(徐硯美著)。1997年開始主持港大通識課程。  
Artistic Director and Theatre Director of the Edward Lam Dance Theatre, Lam founded Zuni Icosahedron with friends in the early 1980s, and established the Edward Lam Dance Theatre during his residence in London (1989 to 1995). Since returning to Hong Kong in 1995, he has devoted himself to the theatre and has directed 64 original works. Lam was awarded “Best Director” at “Modern Drama Valley’s One Drama Awards” for his works, Men and Women, War and Peace (2010), The Doppelgänger (2012), and What is Sex? (2017), and was named “Artist of the Year” (Theatre) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2017. His musical theatre piece, Art School Musical (2014) has toured over a dozen cities in Asia, and had its fourth rerun in Hong Kong at Freespace in October 2019.
Books of Lam’s collected essays include Waiting For Hong KongThe Meaning Of EntertainmentEvil But GlamorousMy TV Dinner Years, and Leading Ladies In The Mandarin Cinema. Who Is Afraid Of Edward Lam? Alexander Hsu’s analysis of Lam’s stage works from 2006 to 2015, was published by Performing Arts Review in Taiwan (2016).