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Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:30 PM
Friday, March 31, 2017 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 1, 2017 8:00 PM // Power Center

The Encounter
Complicite / Simon McBurney

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.

In this solo performance, Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound. “This production from the genre-bending Complicite company is one of the most fully immersive theater pieces ever created.” (New York Times) The Encounter comes to Ann Arbor following a three-month Broadway run this fall.

Headphones will be provided and must be worn throughout the performance.

This performance is 2 hours long with no intermission.

Lobby Installation. At this week’s performances, the lobby of the Power Center features a sound installation by U-M Media Arts graduate student Leith Campbell inspired by The Encounter.  Titled “Humidity,” the installation explores the relationship between sound and human perception and utilizes highly directional audio technology. The installation will be open from 6:30 -7:30 pm on Thursday and from 5-8 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Pre-Performance Talk. Thursday, March 30 at 7 pm at Power Center Lobby.

Artist Q&A. Thursday, March 30, post-performance.

For patrons who are hard of hearing: Because The Encounter is experienced through headphones and heavily incorporates a stunning sound design, we have a number of ways of supporting those who are hard of hearing. We welcome hearing aid users, with a direct input cable of their own or not, to come to the Box Office upon arrival to have a technician assist them with any questions or concerns. Among the available services are oversized headphones for those who wear external hearing aids, personal induction loops, and a mono version of the show and independent volume controls for people with reduced hearing in one ear. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at fohums@umich.edu, and we’ll be happy to answer them.

A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre.

PRESENTING SPONSORS

  • Renegade Ventures Fund, established by Maxine and Stuart Frankel

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

  • David and Phyllis Herzig
  • Carl and Charlene Herstein

FUNDED IN PART BY

  • Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative at The Wallace Foundation

MEDIA PARTNERS

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From the UMS Lobby Blog

UMS LOBBY

Unlocking the Technology and Technique Behind Complicite’s The Encounter

Gareth Fry (Complicite’s The Encounter Sound Designer and Olivier Award Winner) visited Ann Arbor for a hands on workshop on binaural sound. Here's what happened.

3/30/17 7:30 PM
3/31/17 8:00 PM
4/1/17 8:00 PM

Power Center

The Encounter
Complicite / Simon McBurney

DETAILS

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.

In this solo performance, Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound. “This production from the genre-bending Complicite company is one of the most fully immersive theater pieces ever created.” (New York Times) The Encounter comes to Ann Arbor following a three-month Broadway run this fall.

Headphones will be provided and must be worn throughout the performance.

This performance is 2 hours long with no intermission.

Lobby Installation. At this week’s performances, the lobby of the Power Center features a sound installation by U-M Media Arts graduate student Leith Campbell inspired by The Encounter.  Titled “Humidity,” the installation explores the relationship between sound and human perception and utilizes highly directional audio technology. The installation will be open from 6:30 -7:30 pm on Thursday and from 5-8 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Pre-Performance Talk. Thursday, March 30 at 7 pm at Power Center Lobby.

Artist Q&A. Thursday, March 30, post-performance.

For patrons who are hard of hearing: Because The Encounter is experienced through headphones and heavily incorporates a stunning sound design, we have a number of ways of supporting those who are hard of hearing. We welcome hearing aid users, with a direct input cable of their own or not, to come to the Box Office upon arrival to have a technician assist them with any questions or concerns. Among the available services are oversized headphones for those who wear external hearing aids, personal induction loops, and a mono version of the show and independent volume controls for people with reduced hearing in one ear. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at fohums@umich.edu, and we’ll be happy to answer them.

A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre.

SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSORS

  • Renegade Ventures Fund, established by Maxine and Stuart Frankel

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

  • David and Phyllis Herzig
  • Carl and Charlene Herstein

FUNDED IN PART BY

  • Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative at The Wallace Foundation

MEDIA PARTNERS

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Unlocking the Technology and Technique Behind Complicite’s The Encounter

Gareth Fry (Complicite’s The Encounter Sound Designer and Olivier Award Winner) visited Ann Arbor for a hands on workshop on binaural sound. Here's what happened.

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