PEr FYI

June 5, 2015

Impression West Lake, Hangzhou…visual uniqueness

Impression Westlake is a 1-hour award winning open-air musical extravaganza created by renowned film director, Zhang Yimou on the West Lake of Hangzhou at night. A dazzling light display turns the lake’s natural surroundings into an intricate part of the show. The stage was built 3cm below the water. The performers seem to be walking, running, dancing on the water.

The story is based on the local folklore “The Legend of the White Snake” – one of West Lake’s most famous legends set in the Southern Song Dynasty.

Kitaro, the music director, is still at his best after so many years of magical and glorious musical landscapes. The pieces here are different from his 80’s and 90’s style, but it still has the core elements that he has been using all of this time. The beautiful melodies and themes from impressions west lake were so hauntingly beautiful, it gave me goosebumps listening to it.

The best way to enjoy the show is to simply sit back and absorb it for it’s visual uniqueness. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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