Past Event

The Encounter

12 Feb 2016

Inspired by the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu
Directed & performed by Simon McBurney

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

In this solo performance, Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest using binaural technology to build an intimate and shifting world of sound.

Founded in 1983, Complicite has toured all over the world, winning over 50 major theatre awards. The Encounter marks the company’s Brighton Festival debut.

Post show discussion Thu 12 May
Simon McBurney will be in conversation with Professor Anil Seth, director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science (University of Sussex)

Find out what the audience reaction has been...

'A head turning, spellbinding show' The Telegraph ★★★★★


Geting there

There are lots of transport options to the Attenborough Centre of the Creative Arts, at University of Sussex, as well as blue badge parking – For more information about getting there by bus, train, car or cycling please see the venue's website

Captioned performances using hand-held devices

Please note that headphones (supplied) will need to be worn throughout the performance.

Complicite are working with The Difference Engine on a new form of captioning for the The Encounter. The Difference Engine is a pioneering access system, developed by Talking Birds Theatre Company to provide access to experimental, small scale and site-specific performances. It broadcasts captions direct to your mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) without disturbing other members of the audience. Please remember to bring your smartphone or tablet with you.

Captioning will be available for the Sat 14 May 7.30pm performance. If you are interested in this service, please call 01273 261541/ 525 or email [javascript protected email address] for more information.

If you would like to use this technology then please follow the instructions from Difference Engine, you can download or view these here.

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