One of the hottest international theatre works, direct from London, Edinburgh and Broadway, is coming to Auckland Arts Festival 2017.
Created by award-winning British theatre company, Complicite, The Encounter is the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre who, in 1969, found himself lost in the remote Javari Valley of the Brazilian Amazon. His encounter with a ‘uncontacted’ Indian people was to change his life and bring the limits of human consciousness into startling focus.
Through the use of cutting-edge binaural technology and virtuosic storytelling, The Encounter creates an intimate and shifting world of sound for each and every audience member, plunging them unswervingly into McIntyre’s mesmerising and visceral inner voyage.
Directed by actor and Complicite Artistic Director Simon McBurney, with a spellbinding solo performance by Richard Katz, The Encounter is a visually beautiful and highly technical piece of storytelling which traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest.
Along with climate change, deforestation and the plight of tribal peoples, The Encounter explores questions around the nature of time, human consciousness and material reality. As such, a number of eminent scientists, climate change campaigners, anthropologists and indigenous Amazonian people were involved in the making of the production.
The sound design by award-winning designer Gareth Fry uses new technology to create an unparalleled sense of intimacy, as sound is recorded as if through two ears and then transmitted directly to the audience through headphones. Pre-recorded voices, music and the sound of the rainforest are all woven into the performance alongside a series of ingenious live effects, and Katz’s lyrical telling of the story.
Complicite was founded in 1983 and has since toured all over the world and won over 50 major theatre awards.
Enter to win a double pass to see The Encounter 7.30pm Thursday 16 March.