Simon McBurney partners with Survival International for theatrical special in San Francisco

Survival ambassador Simon McBurney
Survival ambassador Simon McBurney
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Survival International is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Curran Theater in San Francisco, which is set to host Survival International ambassador Simon McBurney’s hit one-man play “The Encounter”.

Survival will hold a special evening on April 27 for supporters at the Curran from 6.30 pm PST. This will include a private drinks reception and a discussion with Simon McBurney and Survival USA co-ordinator Tesia Bobrycki after the show, about tribal peoples’ rights.

Simon McBurney is an acclaimed actor, writer, and director, and founder of the multi-award winning Complicite theater company. He became a Survival International ambassador in 2017.

Simon is a long-standing Survival supporter with an interest in indigenous rights and environmental causes. He devised “The Encounter,” based on a book by Petru Popescu, after spending time in the Amazon with indigenous peoples. This experience developed his interest in Survival’s work.

Uncontacted Indians in Brazil seen from the air during a Brazilian government expedition in 2010.
Uncontacted Indians in Brazil seen from the air during a Brazilian government expedition in 2010.
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“The Encounter” addresses many of the issues affecting the Matsés people from the Amazon Uncontacted Frontier, many of whom were forcibly contacted by missionaries in 1969. Some members of the tribe are still uncontacted.

The play traces a journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using 3D audio technology to build an intimate and shifting world of sound.

Details can be found on the Curran theater website.

Simon McBurney performs in experimental one-man show 'The Encounter' about the tribal peoples of the Javari Valley.
Simon McBurney performs in experimental one-man show 'The Encounter' about the tribal peoples of the Javari Valley.
© Gianmarco Bresadola

Uncontacted tribes are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. We know very little about them. But we do know there are more than a hundred around the world. And we know whole populations are being wiped out by genocidal violence from outsiders who steal their land and resources, and by diseases like flu and measles to which they have no resistance.

Survival International is leading the global fight for uncontacted tribes’ right to determine their own futures.

Survival Director Stephen Corry said: “The Encounter is a bravura piece of story-telling which plunges you deep into the Amazon. It’s an experience that brings the Amazon and its people – usually so remote from us – vividly to life, and we’re delighted to join up with the Curran Theater and Simon McBurney to bring our urgent message to a new audience.”

Note: Survival supporters get 20% off tickets to THE ENCOUNTER and a free tote bag by using the offer code SURVIVALINTL at this link