2008 - 2015


Sadler's Wells

A Sadler's Wells London Production

Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a choreographer well known for his curious nature and intriguing collaborations with other art forms. Sutra was inspired by the skill, strength and spirituality of Buddhist Shaolin Monks. It explores the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition and its relationship with Kung-Fu.

Sutra's iconic set was designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Antony Gormley. It comprises of human-sized wooden boxes which are manipulated, moved, stacked and cascaded by the cast to create a visually stunning production.

The music for Sutra was created by Polish composer Szymon Brzóska. It contains trace elements of Chinese traditional music and is both climactic and powerful and at points calming and tranquil.

The music is played on violin, viola, cello, piano and percussian

The cast is mostly made up of monks for the Shaolin Temple in China.

The cast includes one young monk who is supported by two others on tour.

The first workshops and rehearsals for Sutra took place at the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, China.

A first sketch of the set by Antony Gormley.

A set of miniature boxes was made to help in the creation process. This eventually became part of the set.

In rehearsals in China

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui also performed in Sutra.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was replaced by Ali Thabet (pictured) and Damien Fournier, both who whom had been assistant choreographers from the start of the project, alongside Satoshi Kudo.

A clip from the final production of Sutra.

Since 2008, Sutra has toured around the world to as far flung places as France, China, Spain, New Zealand and Taiwan.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley with monks from the Shaolin Temple in China
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A Sadler's Wells London production.
Co-produced with Athens Festival, Festival de Barcelona Grec, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, La Monnaie Brussels,Festival d'Avignon, Fondazione Musica per Roma, Shaolin Cultural Communications Company

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