The Encounter (online)


15 May 22 May
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The Encounter (online)

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We are delighted to be partnering with Complicité to broadcast The Encounter online.

The show, described as ‘a tour de force’ by Financial Times and ‘one of the most fully-immersive theatre pieces ever created’ by New York Times, played sold-out runs at London’s Barbican theatre in 2016 and 2017. Jacksons Lane is delighted to partner with Complicite presenting the piece - especially given our long-standing relationship with the company, which developed work at Jacksons Lane in its early years.

From Friday 15 May at 7pm, the show will be available online for one week.  

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.

Audiences should wear headphones to watch The Encounter online, or the effect of the binaural recording will be lost. Any headphones will work, but playing the film out of speakers will not give the same effect. It is free to watch, and will be available to watch on demand for a week until 22 May 2020.

Inspired by the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu
Directed and performed Simon McBurney
Co-Director Kirsty Housley
Associate Director Jemima James
Design Michael Levine
Sound Gareth Fry with Pete Malkin
Lighting Paul Anderson
Projection Will Duke

The Encounter is a Complicité co-production with the Barbican, London, Edinburgh International Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne, Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre.

The Encounter online is supported by The Space.

Press reviews
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Financial Times,  The Stage, TimeOut, Sunday HeraldSunday Times, Daily Mail, Scotsman

Top 5 shows of 2015 in The Telegraph
Top 5 shows of 2015 in The Guardian
Top 5 shows of 2015 in The Times
The 50 best shows of the 21st century in The Guardian - September 2019

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