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Esquire (Malaysia) - - CULTURE -

There’s no way that Me­laka’s new Im­pres­sion City and its stage pro­duc­tion—en­core Me­laka—is not go­ing to be a hit. Right from the start, the theatre’s façade that over­looks the scenic Straits of Me­laka is sup­posed to im­press you. But as you en­ter to watch the per­for­mance, it gets bet­ter.

Yong Tai Ber­had, the guys be­hind Im­pres­sion City, sin­gled out Wang Chaoge, one of China’s top creative direc­tors and part of the creative force be­hind the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics Open­ing and Clos­ing Cer­e­mony, to tell Me­laka’s un­told sto­ries. Wang and her team spent al­most two years study­ing Me­laka’s his­tory, tra­di­tions, cul­ture and the peo­ple be­fore trans­lat­ing all of it into a 70-minute breath-tak­ing show.

With 200 lo­cal per­form­ers on a 240-me­tre long stage and a 360-de­gree ro­tat­ing au­di­ence plat­form, it’s grand. You’ll travel through six cen­turies of Me­lakan his­tory, but don’t ex­pect this show to be a his­tory les­son—it isn’t, it’s an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the way Me­laka re­mains true to its his­tory whilst ex­tend­ing a warm wel­come to vis­i­tors.

Through cut­ting-edge stage tech­nol­ogy, this never-be­fore-seen mode of sto­ry­telling is touted to be South­east Asia’s largest per­ma­nent show theatre that seats more than 2,000. This multi-bil­lion-ring­git Im­pres­sion City is set to kick off Me­laka’s cul­tural en­ter­tain­ment jour­ney. en­core-me­laka.com

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