What to expect in the new state-of-the-art theatre overlooking the Straits of Malacca
Fronting the Straits of Malacca, the new Encore Melaka theatre cuts an impressive figure with its eye-catching, modern silhouette. Designed by the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD), the theatre houses Southeast Asia's first 360-degree rotating auditorium, and is now home to a new state-of-the-art performance: Encore Melaka. Impression Series.
This marks the first Impression project outside of China, and the tenth in the renowned series. Established by directors Zhang Yimou, Wang Chaoge and Fan Yue back in 1998, the Impression production team is also well-known for staging the opening and closing galas for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, amongst other high profile projects.
The 70-minute long show will take the audience through the long-forgotten tales of Melaka's rich history, from the stories of the early voyagers to the settlement and cross-cultural encounters of the Baba Nyonya. Told through a spectacular showcase of song and dance, Encore Melaka will be presented in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Tamil, Portuguese and other local dialects to reflect the harmony that exists within the city.
"I was so intrigued and inspired by Melaka's perseverance and resonance for history and culture, it is a paradise of racial harmony," says Wang Chaoge, director of Encore Melaka. "I'm taken by the locals who show respect and tolerance for cultural differences. There is no clear boundary separating the past and the future from the present; Melaka remains a cradle of social harmony. Encore Melaka has been an amazing journey for me, and I want to leave the same kind of experience for anyone who comes through this theatre's doors."
Expect to marvel at a stunning world-class production, brought to life with detail-rich costumes, innovative video projection mapping and use of hydraulics, advanced lighting and acoustic technology, a rotating audience platform, and 200 local performers—sounds like it's time to plan a quick getaway to Melaka.
For more information on ticketing and showtimes, visit www.encore-melaka.com.