The Encounter

The Mayoruna “cat-people” live not far from the headwaters of the Amazon river, in the Javari valley. In 1969, the photojournalist Loren McIntyre journeyed deep into the jungle up to the border between Brazil and Peru. He went in search of their isolated, semi-nomadic tribe. The experience transformed his life. Sixteen years later, in Manaus, he told his story to Petru Popescu. The Romanian writer drew upon it in Amazon Burning, a five hundred page-long novel. Here, Simon McBurney uses it as the basis for an unsettling, captivating solo work. Using theatre of a deeply inventive, contemporary nature spectators are invited to share in this unique voyage in time. Through the use of headphones, each spectator is plunged into a sound universe. The storytelling process becomes an initiatory journey to the immemorial frontiers of the conscience, amidst the echoes of a very different form of nature. McBurney and his company Complicite have gone to great efforts to refine this project, taking on board a team of cutting-edge technicians and expert advice from cognitive science specialists. Complicité’s shows have earned widespread critical acclaim in over forty countries. A regular guest of Peter Brook since 1995, Simon McBurney has returned to France on numerous occasions, notably with Mnemonic (1999). This is the first time the Odéon has received one of his productions.

Odéon 6e

Place de l'Odéon Paris 75006 France

Odéon 6e

29 march – 08 april 2018 / Length 1h55

The Encounter

a production by Complicité / Simon McBurney

based on Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu

with Simon McBurney

in English, subtitled in French

Timetable

From Tuesday to Saturday at 20h, Sunday at 15h. Two performances on Saturday 7th April, at 15h and 20h.

Length 1h55

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Booking online opens December 5th.

  • The Encounter  | photo © Robbie Jack
    photo © Robbie Jack
  • The Encounter  | photo © Robbie Jack
    photo © Robbie Jack
  • The Encounter  | photo © Robbie Jack
    photo © Robbie Jack

The Mayoruna “cat-people” live not far from the headwaters of the Amazon river, in the Javari valley. In 1969, the photojournalist Loren McIntyre journeyed deep into the jungle up to the border between Brazil and Peru. He went in search of their isolated, semi-nomadic tribe. The experience transformed his life. Sixteen years later, in Manaus, he told his story to Petru Popescu. The Romanian writer drew upon it in Amazon Burning, a five hundred page-long novel. Here, Simon McBurney uses it as the basis for an unsettling, captivating solo work. Using theatre of a deeply inventive, contemporary nature spectators are invited to share in this unique voyage in time. Through the use of headphones, each spectator is plunged into a sound universe. The storytelling process becomes an initiatory journey to the immemorial frontiers of the conscience, amidst the echoes of a very different form of nature. McBurney and his company Complicite have gone to great efforts to refine this project, taking on board a team of cutting-edge technicians and expert advice from cognitive science specialists. Complicité’s shows have earned widespread critical acclaim in over forty countries. A regular guest of Peter Brook since 1995, Simon McBurney has returned to France on numerous occasions, notably with Mnemonic (1999). This is the first time the Odéon has received one of his productions.

On Video

Credits

corealisation Kirsty Housley
collaboration to the direction Jemima James
scenography Michael Levine
sound Gareth Fry, Pete Malkin
light Paul Anderson
video Will Duke

production Complicité
coproduction Edinburgh International Festival, Barbican Centre – Londres, Centre culturel Onassis – Athènes, Schaubühne – Berlin, Théâtre de Vidy – Lausanne, Warwick Arts Centre

with the support of the Cercle de l’Odéon

and the Cercle Giorgio Strehler

 

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Excerpt

Je sens que ma main, tâtonnant ici et là dans l’univers, a déchiré un coin du voile.
Pourquoi ai-je déchiré ce coin, si je ne suis pas prêt pour la rencontre ?

Petru Popescu : Amazon Beaming, Macdonald, 1991, p. 140