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In 1969 Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that was to change his life, bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus. Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu, The Encounter traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into a solo performance to build a shifting world of sound. The Encounter opened at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2015 performed by Simon McBurney, and received its London premiere at the Barbican in February 2016 before embarking on a world tour. ‘A brilliant piece of theatre… a marvellously luminous and engaging show that teaches us, entertains us and finally transports us’ – The Arts Desk ‘Blindingly ingenious… a stunning mix of communal and personal epiphany that’s the hi tech equivalent of chomping on a hallucinogenic cane toad’ – Time Out ‘This is, in every sense, an adventure… both an extraordinary yarn and an expedition into theatrical possibility’ – The Times ‘Astonishing… a hypnotic, almost religious experience that warrants those two much abused terms, “immersive” and “unmissable”’ – Evening Standard ‘Masterful storytelling from a man and a company who are incapable of remaining within known theatrical boundaries’ – Independent ‘The stuff of a twisting, turning, thoroughly engrossing fairytale… McBurney captures the metaphysical spirit as well as the pulse quickening heart of the experience with this head turning, spellbinding show’ – Telegraph ‘The effect is a soundcloud of a process, in which fact and fiction, past and present, research and production intermingle, spinning a story out of the air’ – Variety
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