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.