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.
Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu, The Encounter traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into a solo performance to build a shifting world of sound.
The Encounter opened at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2015 performed by Simon McBurney, and received its London premiere at the Barbican in February 2016 before embarking on a world tour.
This official tie-in edition includes 32 colour pages of production stills, behind-the-scenes photos, and essays about bringing the show to life.
Blog Post: Simon McBurney on making The Encounter... 'When making a piece of theatre I am, frequently, if not most of the time, in the dark. I truly do not know where we will end up'. Read more >>
'A brilliant piece of theatre… a marvellously luminous and engaging show that teaches us, entertains us and finally transports us'
'Blindingly ingenious… a stunning mix of communal and personal epiphany that’s the hi-tech equivalent of chomping on a hallucinogenic cane toad'
'This is, in every sense, an adventure… both an extraordinary yarn and an expedition into theatrical possibility'
'Astonishing... a hypnotic, almost religious experience that warrants those two much-abused terms, “immersive” and “unmissable”'
'Masterful storytelling from a man and a company who are incapable of remaining within known theatrical boundaries'
'The stuff of a twisting, turning, thoroughly engrossing fairytale... McBurney captures the metaphysical spirit - as well as the pulse-quickening heart - of the experience with this head-turning, spellbinding show'
'The effect is a soundcloud of a process, in which fact and fiction, past and present, research and production intermingle, spinning a story out of the air'
'Astonishing… the power of this story is enough to knock you flat'
‘In a solo performance made with many people... [McBurney] pulls the thread of a story from out of the noise of contemporary western life and the sounds of the jungle to create a meditation on interconnectedness, perception and time’
‘The Encounter is a tour de force that shows contemporary theatre at its most immersive and thought-provoking’
Founded in 1983, Complicite is an international theatre company based in London led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney (OBE) and Producer Judith Dimant (MBE). The Company has won over fifty major theatre awards worldwide. Complicite’s recent work includes The Encounter, Ungeduld des Herzens, Lionboy, The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin and A Disappearing Number.