MELAKA (May? 28): About 2,000 people turned up for the preview of Encore Melaka at Impression City in Melaka today.
The invited guests included business partners, families of 200 local artistes of the show and media guests. The first public show will take place on July 1.
Initiated by Yong Tai Bhd CEO Datuk Wira Boo Kuang Loon, Encore Melaka is the latest offering from China’s iconic Impression Series — established in 1998 by renowned directors, Zhang Yimou, Fan Yue and Wang Chaoge, and has since staged 10 widely acclaimed productions.
Out of 150 countries, Melaka was handpicked by Wang, the director-in-chief of Encore Melaka, as the coveted home of the first Impression Series performance to be staged outside of China.
Wang, who was present at the preview, was also the director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Wang had studied Melaka’s history, its people and their culture for two years and the result was a state-of-the-art production of Wang’s retelling of Melaka’s beginnings and growth over six centuries.