Melaka: culture takes centre stage


Encore Melaka theatre tells touching life stories of local people

Ten years after being placed on the UN World Heritage Listing, Melaka (capital of the state of the same name) has major ambitions to further its cultural impact on the world.

The most recent example is the opening, in July last year, of the Encore Melaka theatre extravaganza: a timely and powerful addition to the city’s collection of treasures.

Encore Melaka, a scenic venue overlooking the Straits of Melaka, is a purpose-built 2,000- seat theatre, designed for the high-tech telling of Melaka’s rich history. Encore Melaka presents a mesmerising performance with a series of touching life stories of the locals. It is not designed as a cultural performance for tourists, but more as a performance that reflects a society that embraces diversity and inclusiveness. In a 70-minute show, the audience is led through six centuries of history, crossing through time and space. What they take home is not merely the story of a rich historical place, but an intellectual reflection of the true essence of Melaka – a model of multicultural coexistence.

Expect emotive storytelling, high-energy choreography, vivid stage settings with creative lighting and unbelievable stage effects along with a score of moving music that will not only inspire audiences but capture their imagination, too.

Acclaimed as the most innovative director in China, Wang Chaoge serves as the chief director of Encore Melaka. Wang pioneered real-scene performances in China and has taken the Impression & Encore Series to commercial success internationally. During the live performance, about 200 local performers, young and old, from all over Malaysia take to the stage.

The theatre itself is a work of art, creating a new landmark in Melaka with its contemporary design. The façade is tiled with fish scale-like LED panels which reflect light from the everchanging and vibrant sky of Melaka.

It is the largest permanent theatre in Malaysia designed by chief architect Wang Ge from Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and is purpose-built solely for Encore Melaka.

Hall 26a / Stand 117