Complicite’s ‘The Encounter’ Will be Free Online 15th-22nd May

Hit immersive soundscape show can be experienced at home.

Complicite have adapted their hit show The Encounter so it can be experienced online while theatres are closed due to the coronavirus. The five-star fusion of noise and narrative takes audiences deep into the Amazon jungle, exploring communication and connection with innovative and immersive flair. The show is free to watch and will be available from 15 – 22 May. You will need a pair of headphones to experience the immersive soundscape and to fully appreciate the production.

Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu.

In 1969 Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that was to change his life, bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus. 

Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into his solo performance to build a shifting world of sound.

A Complicité co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre. Live stream supported by The Space.

Age guidance 12+

The Encounter will be available to watch online from 7pm Friday 15 May to 10pm Friday 22 May.

There will be a live, online discussion with Simon McBurney and guests at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 May. 

Register for the discussion.

“We are, as a consequence of this pandemic, bodily cut off from one another. Disconnected. Isolated. But perhaps this sense of our separation one from another, is simply a heightening of what we felt before this all began. We are thinking now, not only about how long this will last, but also what happens on the other side. To reconnect we need, perhaps, to learn to listen more closely. To each other. To our communities. To other cultures. To nature itself. 

The Encounter is at its heart a story about ‘listening’, not ‘hearing’ but listening; to other, older narratives which, at the deepest level, form who we are, and if we do, we can imagine how we can ‘begin’ again.”
Simon McBurney

Visit our resource website for more information on the making of The Encounter.