Sutra 2013
29 March - 18 May 2013

Audience Reviews

  • Just been to see this amazing show. I wasn't sure what to expect but my hands are raw from clapping. What a wonderful p…
    Elaine Simpson
  • We went to The Lowry to see Sutra and were not disappointed. The set was very simple but the ideas put forward by the da…
    Aleksandar Ninkovic
  • Profound, funny, tender and athletic. The blending of all the elements and talents worked wonderfully for me. I've been …
    Jan Puzylo

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"Exceeds even our highest expectations" The Times
"Impossible to resist... astounding" LE MONDE, France
"Beautiful movements and amazing acrobatics" EL PAIS, Spain

DANCE CONSORTIUM presents: a Sadler’s Wells Production

Sutra a “unique, profoundly imagined work” (The Guardian) is a collaboration between one of Europe’s most exciting dancer-choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Turner Prize-winning sculptor Antony Gormley and 17 practicing Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China. It is a piece of dance that is at once deeply hypnotic, playful and breathtakingly athletic.

Aged between 10 and 26 years the monks performing in Sutra follow a strict Buddhist doctrine, with kung fu and tai chi martial arts forming a part of their daily ritual. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (who is a big Bruce Lee fan) spent several months at their Temple before devising his awe-inspiring piece. During Sutra the monks perform such spectacular, dare devil moves that you see them quite literally as leaps of faith.

Antony Gormley’s stage setting consisting of 21 wooden boxes which are carried or pushed around the stage by the monks, becoming walls, boats, beds, skyscrapers, toys, temples – whatever is needed. It is set to a specially commissioned score by Polish composer Szymon Brzoska for piano, percussion and strings which is performed live.

“The Shaolin monks put on a five star performance just by being themselves. It’s not just the collective virtuosity of their Kung Fu heritage – their flying kicks, their backflips, their shadow-boxing. Practised as part of the monks’ spiritual discipline, these maniacally dangerous and beautiful moves also carry the aura of compelling ritual.” THE GUARDIAN

“A sophisticated work of art… beyond entertainment, it offers the audience a sense of harmony and tranquility” ETHNOS, Greece

Tour News

SUTRA 2013: The Last Blog

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Take a trip backstage on the Sutra tour

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Tour Features

Sutra 2013: Hannah and Lauren say Goodbye to Sutra

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Beautiful images from the Sutra tour

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Sutra 2013: Ni Hao! Hannah Bixby and Lauren Hawke

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