Impression West Lake is a unique metropolitan out-door performance on a natural stage. Staged on the wavy, mellow and changing West Lake, the performance appears vivid and natural. Mixed with the myths and legends of the West Lake, the show leads you to a sweet thousand-year dream. The special concealable auditorium provides a bird’s-eye view. Each seat is a wonderful place to enjoy the panoramic view of the West Lake even without watching the show. The pioneering individualized sound system, combined with the sound-oriented system, is sure to offer a surprising musical enjoyment. Be sure to catch it, the show is a must-see when you come to Hangzhou, China.
The director of this show is Mr. Zhang Yimou, who was in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The music is composed by Mr. Kitaro and the song is from Ms. Zhang Liangyin. Although the whole performance is a five-act play, i.e., encounter, fall in love, say goodbye, memory, and impression, in performance there is no clear separation between them. Following is a synopsis of the five acts:
Act I: A white crane became a young smart guy at the lake while another white crane was coming and shapeshifted into a pretty girl. They fell in love at first sight and enjoyed their life at the lake.
Act II: The fish in the West Lake were full of spirit! All the fish play and chase each other in the lake of love. In the boat, pretty girls and boys in traditional Chinese costumes were singing and dancing joyfully.
Act III: Happy time was not meant to last. All of a sudden, the beautiful crane girl was dead and the boy was sad. Perhaps, where there is love, there is sadness.
Act IV: When the heart-broken young man came back to the place where they first met, the pretty girl was not there despite the unchanged surroundings.
Act V: The West Lake is beautiful and elegant for thousand years. Just like the lake, all the legendary stories were vivid throughout time. Yes, men are mortal, however, the love between the boy and the girl never dies, just fades away!