Production still for "The Encounter". Richard Katz. Photographer: Giancarlo Bresadola
02 February 2017 – 10 February 2017 Merlyn Theatre
A Complicite co-production inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu
Malthouse Theatre, Complicite,
Theatre Immersive Co-Production
Directed by Simon McBurney, The Encounter tells the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre who in 1969 found himself lost amongst the remote people of the Javari Valley in the Amazon. It was an encounter that radically changed his life.
For over thirty years, renowned UK theatre company Complicite has dazzled audiences with their spectacular use of technology in theatre. Fresh from New York’s Broadway, London’s West End and Edinburgh, their most immersive work to date uses state-of-the-art audio design to lead audiences into a remote world, raising some of the most urgent questions of today: how do we live and what do we believe to be true.
As each member of the audience dons a headset, they are plunged into the Amazon through a 3D soundscape, where the heat of the rainforest and the whisper of unfamiliar languages whip through the ears, in an intoxicating and immersive experience. Expect to be on the edge of your seat.
"AN HALLUCINATORY, TECH-AUGMENTED TOUR DE FORCE, THE ENCOUNTER IS AN EXTRAORDINARY FEAT OF THEATRICAL STORYTELLING UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU WILL HAVE EXPERIENCED BEFORE"
— The Age
"THE ENCOUNTER IS A CHALLENGING AND MESMERISING PERFORMANCE THAT CREATES A WORLD IN OUR MINDS AND REMINDS US OF THE EXTRAORDINARY SKILL OF THE ACTOR AND THE MAGIC THAT IS GREAT THEATRE"
— Herald Sun
A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre–Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre.