▲ 本片非英語發音，且無英文字幕 Non-English langue film without English subtitles
雲門舞集 Cloud Gate Dance Theatre｜臺灣 Taiwan｜2021｜DCP｜Colour｜64min
CHENG Tsung-lung has always been fascinated by his mother’s stories about “13 Tongues,” a street artist in the 1960s. He transforms his childhood memory of the Taoist rites and bustling street life of Bangka into a fantasy world. The metallic sound of a hand bell unfolds the soundscape that fuses Taiwanese folk songs, Japanese nakashi tunes and electronic music. Against a bizarre projection reminiscent of the colors of temples, dancers move in grounded positions, traveling in serpentine patterns. They chant mysterious mantras, stomp, stagger and tremble like enchanted shamans, until the light dims down and glaring fluorescent patterns on their costumes flow through the space, as if thousands of wandering spirits from the old Bangka were evoked. A Goddess floats up and flies over the head of black-clad celebrants. A koi fish appears in the projection, wiggling its tail, and disappears into nowhere....