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 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.)


10 Columbus Cir


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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Sadler’s Wells London

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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, director and choreographer

Antony Gormley, visual design

Szymon Brzóska, music

With monks from the Shaolin Temple

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Performance length: 60 minutes, no intermission


Sutra is made possible in part by The Joelson Foundation and Harkness Foundation for Dance.


Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


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.