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How do you take an audience to the heart of the Amazon?

Complicite and the The Space joined forces to do just that - live online.

In The Encounter, Director-performer Simon McBurney brought Petru Popescu’s book Amazon Beaming to life on stage.

The show followed the journey of Loren McIntyre, a photographer who got lost in Brazil’s remote Javari Valley in 1969.

It used live and recorded 3D sound, video projections and loop pedals to recreate the intense atmosphere of the rainforest.

The Encounter Sarah Ainslie

Complicite teamed up with The Space to broadcast The Encounter live online from London’s Barbican in March 2016.

In the first live-streamed production ever to use 3D sound, viewers got the chance to experience the atmosphere of one of the strangest and most beautiful places on Earth - all through their headphones.

This production of The Encounter accrued a host of awards and nominations for the company, including:


About this Artist

Complicite is a UK-based touring theatre company known for its imaginative original productions and adaptations of classic books and plays, and its groundbreaking use of technology. The Encounter is directed and performed by Simon McBurney, co-director is Kirsty Housley.

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The Encounter is a Complicite co-production with the Barbican, Edinburgh International Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by Sennheiser and The Wellcome Trust.

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