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The Encounter

Simon McBurney

Past Event
  • About

    “Someone is blowing in your ear, and it isn’t anybody in your immediate vicinity. You can feel this distant person’s breath (hot) and his urgency (hotter), and the sound of him is all over the place – behind you, before you, to either side of you, close and distant, shouting and whispering, sometimes in several voices at once” The New York Times

    Following acclaimed runs in London, Edinburgh, on Broadway and beyond, The Encounter comes to Adelaide.

    Renowned UK theatre company Complicite’s latest piece is based on the compelling true experiences of a National Geographic photographer who found himself lost amongst the remote people of the Javari Valley in the Amazon. It was an encounter that changed his life: bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus.

    As McIntyre’s mesmerising tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary performance asks some of the most urgent questions of today: about how we live and what we believe to be true. Using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of stunningly real sound, this is an extraordinary theatrical event.

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  • Credits

    Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu
    Director Simon McBurney
    Performed by Richard Katz
    Co-director Kirsty Housley
    Design Michael Levine
    Sound Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin
    Lighting Paul Anderson
    Projection Will Duke
    Associate Director Jemima James

    A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre.

    Supported by Sennheiser and The Wellcome Trust.

    Images Tristram Kenton and Gianmarco Bresadola (1), Robbie Jack (2); Guy Coletta (3)

  • Learn More


    READ: A Strange Encounter - Broadsheet
    LISTEN: The Encounter's Richard Katz on Arts Breakfast - Radio Adelaide
    READ: British Actor Richard Katz Gets In Your Head For Complicite's Sonic Safari 'The Encounter' -


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    Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy preview The Encounter


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