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Watch The Encounter online - one week only!

20 May 2017

If you missed Complicite’s captivating production, The Encounter at this year’s Adelaide Festival, or if you just want to take another trip into the depths of the Amazon, you’re in luck: from 20 – 26 May (Australian time) you can watch this award-winning show right here on our website, for free!

Described as ‘sensational’ by Variety and ‘a tour de force that shows contemporary theatre at its most immersive and thought-provoking’ by Financial Times, The Encounter played at sold out run at London’s Barbican theatre in February 2016 and quickly became one of the hit shows of Adelaide Festival 2017. The show has received a raft of five star reviews since its premiere in 2015 and is the winner of the Herald Angel Award for Best Production, Knights of Illumination Award for Projection, Evening Standard Award for Best Design, The Stage Award for Innovation and most recently, the 2017 Special Tony Award for Sound Design.

The Encounter tells the story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre who, in 1969, became lost in a remote part of the Brazilian rainforest while searching for the Mayoruna people. His encounter was to test his perception of the world, bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus.

Threading scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s journey, Simon McBurney incorporates objects and sound effects into this solo performance to evoke the depths of the Amazon rainforest. The show’s ground-breaking binaural sound design (3D audio) by Olivier Award winner, Gareth Fry, is transmitted to the audience through headphones and plugs into the power of the imagination, questioning our perceptions of time and our own consciousness.

You MUST wear headphones to watch The Encounter online, or the effect of the binaural recording – the bit that makes this performance so incredible – will be lost. Any headphones will work, but playing the film out of speakers (no matter how fancy) will not give the same effect.

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