Complicite / Simon McBurney / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Complicite / Simon McBurney

The Encounter

1-3 APR 2016
Main Stage
2 hours (no intermission)
Age guidance: 12+
An ‘exotic’ hi-tech experience beams us into the tropical rain forests of the Amazon and into the realms of the subconscious. Our guide, the founder of the company that would go on to change the contemporary theatre for good: Simon McBurney in person!
Scroll down to read info about hearing-impaired audiences.

The EARLY BIRD tickets are sold out.
The next presale phase will start on 23 FEB:
Full price: 15–18–25–36–45 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11–14–20–29–36 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 – 12 – 18 – 27 – 34 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €
Are you ready for a first: a synaesthetic experience which invites us to commune as never before with nature, time, memory, culture—and hence with ourselves?
A restless explorer of theatrical narrative, new technology and audiovisual form, founder of the legendary Complicite theatre company, which has defined and redefined the contemporary international scene since 1983, the dramatist, director and actor Simon McBurney performs in Athens for the first time.
The Encounter, a solo recital by McBurney, is Complicite’s latest production, an international co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival, the Onassis Cultural Centre, the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and another three important European theatres.
It all started with a book McBurney read twenty years ago and never forgot: Amazon Beaming by the Rumanian author Petru Popescu. The work relates the true story of a National Geographic photojournalist, Loren McIntyre, who in 1969 disappeared into the rainforests between Peru and Brazil on an assignment to find the mythical source of the Amazon. Rescued by the members of an unknown tribe, he was initiated through their rituals into a strange, consciousness-expanding experience.
McBurney promises us a similar experience.  All he asks is that we wear headphones in a playful ritual which is clearly of 21st-century provenance. And that’s because the distinguished sound-designer Gareth Fry (London Olympics, 2012) uses advanced binaural technology to create a 3D-audio soundscape of the primeval—and now endangered—Amazon ecosystem; it’s as though we’re right there in the Earth’s lung.


Inspired by the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu

Director and Performer: Simon McBurney
Co-director: Kirsty Housley
Set Design: Michael Levine
Sound Design: Gareth Fry, Pete Malkin
Lighting: Paul Anderson
Projection: Will Duke
Director’s Assistant: Jemima James

Saturday 2 April
After performance talk with Simon McBurney
Chaired by Dr Katia Arfara, Artistic Director of the Theatre and Dance Department at the Onassis Cultural Centre.

Sunday 3 April
Workshop with Kirsty Housley, the co-director of “The Encounter”

If you are a hearing aid user please bring along your direct input cable for use during the performance and make yourself known at Box Office upon arrival so that our technicians can talk you through how best to experience the show. If you don’t have a direct input cable or if you have any kind of hearing impairment make yourself known at Box Office and we will adapt the equipment accordingly.
As The Encounter is an extremely sound heavy show, there is no provision for Deaf audiences.

3 Apr 2016

Participation cost: 15 €


Workshop with Kirsty Housley, the co-director of “The Encounter”

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The next presale phase starts on 14 ΜΑR:
Full price: 15 – 18 – 25 – 36 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 – 14 – 20 – 29 €
Large groups (10+ people):
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People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €


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Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 – 14 – 22 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 – 12 – 20 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €


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