A theater has the same age as earth, China's first Large-scale Landscape Performance, pioneering the live-action shows worldwide.
15 years，18 million viewers, 7000 shows.
“One can only appreciate Impression Sanjie Liu here. It is worth flying from any corner in the world to enjoy it.” - Hashi Verma. Asia Pacific Director,World Tourism Organization.
Located in Yangshuo County, Guilin, Guangxi, China, curated by director Yimou Zhang, Chaoge Wang, Yue Fan and producer Shuaiyuan Mei, Impression Sanjie Liu is the first large-scale landscape performance in China. Its stage is set on the Li River, covers two kilometers’ water area and twelve peaks headed by Shutong Mountain.
The performance is based on the legend of Guangxi song master Sanjie Liu, but not limited to her story. By using the image of traditional Chinese painting and rhythms of local songs, Impression Sanjie Liu shows the living situation, the folk customs, and especially the landscapes around Li River.
There is no continuous narrative line or accurate translation of the lyrics in the show. By using the story of Sanjie Liu as introduction, landscape and folk songs as visual methods, Impression Sanjie Liu implies the cultural essence of ethnic minorities such as Zhuang, Yao, Miao, Dong, and the living scenes around the Li River.
序：山水传说Preface: Scenery Legend
演出的缘起篇。The origin of the performance.
Main scene: The stage of the landscape lights up and Sanjie Liu appears on the Li River by raft.
The folk song rises from the river，goes through the sky and mountains. The song master Sanjie Liu is born from the nature.
章节一：红色印象/山歌Chapter 1: Red Impression / Folk Song
Main scenes: antiphonal songs, Red Silk Dance.
Young men and women from different minorities hold torches and sing folk songs across the river, expressing their reverence to the nature and enduring affections towards each other. Fishermen paddle their way freely along the Li River. The waving red silks symbolize the closely-knitted and heavily-loaded fishing nets. Coupled with the alternating formation of the bamboo rafts, the Red Silk Dance vividly presents the daily labor on the Li River. In combination with the dynamic lighting and music, the entire set poetically depicts the harmonious co-existence between local people and nature.
章节二：绿色印象/家园Chapter 2: Green Impression / Homeland
Main scenes: the Grand Choir of the Minority Dong (live performance by the Dong girls).
The evening glow, smokes from the kitchen chimneys, fishermen with their cormorants, shepherd boy with his cattle, housewives washing clothes by the riverside, youngsters romping around the village ... Such a lively picture of the daily life spend along the Li River! These series of rural scenes depicts the ordinary life in Sanjie Liu’s story, praising the beauty of her homeland.
章节三：金色印象/渔火Chapter 3: Gold Impression / Fishing Lights
演出的夜幕篇。The Starry Night.
Main scenes: the fishing lights on the Li River.
On the Li River, fishing lights glimmer brightly as stars. Late night witnesses the hard works of fishermen，records their respects to the nature and traditional culture inheritance.
章节四: 蓝色印象/情歌Chapter 4: Blue Impression / Love Song
演出的爱情篇。The Love Story.
Main scenes: the Dance of the Moon Fairy, river-bathing, and wedding.
The guarding fairy dances on the moon, gently illuminating and sheltering the night of Li River. Local girls bathe by the river, then help their sister putting on her bridal dress, reluctantly bidding her farewell.The neatly-dressed bride embarks on the bridegroom’s boat, completing the three-bow marriage ritual as they leave.
章节五：银色印象/盛典Chapter 5: Silver Impression / Pageantry
Main scenes: silver ornaments.
In the darkness, young girls wearing specially made silver ornaments and garments (from the minority Miao), hand in hand, slowly walks on the Li River. With the resplendence of festivity shining all over their costumes, their dance become a part of the picturesque landscape, abstractly presenting the splendid local customs and festival atmosphere.
尾声：天地颂唱End: Sing to the Nature
Main scenes: all the actors take a curtain call (fishermen actors come from five surrounding villages such as Maozai, Xingping, Tianjiahe, Mushan, and Mushanzha Village).
The fishing lights are getting far away, but the folk songs of Sanjie Liu are still lingering between the mountains and rivers. Impression Sanjie Liu thanks to the nature and all our guests!