18 – 28 Jan 2017
Mon – Sat 7:30 (plus Sat 21st Jan 2pm)
Venue: SOH: Drama Theatre
Theatre Company: Complicite in association with Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Festival
Duration: 120 minutes
In this Complicite (UK) production, Richard Katz transports us to the humid depths of the Amazon, his storytelling served by the enveloping presence of innovative binaural 3D audio technology. The Encounter, directed by Simon McBurney, comes to Sydney Festival fresh from Broadway.
In 1969, National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre 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. As McIntyre’s mesmerizing tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary performance asks some of the most urgent questions of today: about how we live and what we believe to be true.
Threading scenes of his own life with details of McIntyre’s journey, Richard Katz incorporates objects and sound effects into this solo performance to evoke an intimate and shifting rainforest landscape. Transmitted direct to the audience through provided headphones, the show’s groundbreaking sound design plugs into the power of the imagination, questioning our perceptions of time, communication and our own consciousness.
This event contains haze. Please arrive on time, latecomers will not be admitted to this event.