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Seventeen warrior monks from China’s Shaolin Temple blend martial arts, Zen Buddhist practice, and contemporary dance in Sutra, an astonishing East-West collaboration from Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Using kung fu prowess and a set of 21 boxes by sculptor Antony Gormley, the monks, joined by Cherkaoui himself, create a lotus, a temple, a graveyard, and a trapdoor to another world. Sutra returns following its acclaimed, sold-out U.S. premiere at the inaugural White Light Festival in 2010.
“An extraordinary work . . . powerful and poetic.”– Guardian (U.K.)
“Sutra mixes Zen precision with exhilarating movement.”– Independent (U.K.)
For ticketing information and general questions, please call 212.721.6500.
October 16–18, 2018 Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, director, choreographer, and performer
Antony Gormley, visual design
Szymon Brzóska, music
With monks from the Shaolin Temple
Performance length: 60 minutes, no intermission
Sutra is made possible in part by The Joelson Foundation and Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of Sutra is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.
A Sadler’s Wells London Production, co-produced with Athens Festival, Festival de Barcelona Grec, Grand Théãtre de Luxembourg, La Monnaie Brussels, Festival d’Avignon, Fondazione Musica per Roma, and Shaolin Cultural Communications Company.