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Sutra

Director: Deborah May

Country:  UK

Year of Production:  2008

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Synopsis

Celebrated Flemish/Moroccan choreographer SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI, in collaboration with Turner Prize winning artist ANTONY GORMLEY, presents a brand new dance work inspired by the skill, strength and spirituality of Buddhist Shaolin monks.

Polish composer SZYMON BRZĂ“SKA has created a beautiful brand new score for piano, percussion and strings which is played live.

The 17 Monks performing in Sutra are directly from the original Shaolin Temple, situated near Dengfeng City in the Henan Province of China. In 1983 the State Council defined the Shaolin Temple as the key national Buddhist Temple. By visiting the Shaolin Temple, and working with the Shaolin Monks over several months, Sidi Larbi follows a lifelong interest of exploring the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition, its relationship with KungFu, and its position within a contemporary context.

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Cast

Starring:  Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Credits

Director: Deborah May

Producers: 

Annie McGough, Suzanne Walker, Alistair Spalding, Douglas Cummins

Production Details

Country:  UK

Year of Production:  2008

Language:  English

Duration:  70 minutes

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Genre(s): 

  • Dance

DVD Release Date:  2nd February 2009

Reviews

THE INDEPENDENT

"Remarkable... part martial arts spectacular, part conceptual art, which thrills..."

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THE GUARDIAN

"unique, profoundly imagined"

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THE GUARDIAN

THE TIMES

"This new Sadler's Wells production exceeds even our highest expectations"

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