THE ENCOUNTER

Encounter

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AMAZON BEAMING is a book by author Petru Popescu, recounting photographer Loren McIntyre‘s adventure with the Amazon Cat People of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil.  Simon McBurney takes this story, adds a plot about his family life and created THE ENCOUNTER.  If this sounds like the theatrical equivalent of the telephone game, you are correct.  Everything is a little bigger, a little broader and less detailed in this stagey radio play that amounts to a lot of sound and fury signifying very little indeed.  The gimmick is that the audience members each have a headset to wear and listen to technology that approximates 3D sound.  It seems fairly ironic to me that a story grounded in relinquishing your technology for a more human, basic existence is performed using the most sophisticated, expensive sound equipment ever devised.

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