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Press Release: Sutra returns to London, Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 March 2018


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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley and monks from the Shaolin Temple
Sutra
Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 March 2018
Performances: Mon - Wed at 7.30pm, Wed at 2.30pm
Tickets: £12 - £40
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

 

“This unique, profoundly imagined show takes the concept of cultural exchange to a whole new level” The Guardian

 

One of Sadler’s Wells’ most successful productions, Sutra returns to London from Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 March 2018 to celebrate its 10th anniversary after touring around the globe to sell-out audiences. This award-winning collaboration between choreographer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony Gormley and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China is one of Sadler’s Wells’ longest running and most exhilarating productions. Sutra embarks on an international tour from March – May 2018. The show will visit New Theatre Oxford on 23 & 24 March 2018, marking the only other UK performance dates for the production.

 

Since its first sell-out performances at Sadler's Wells in London in May 2008, Sutra has toured to 66 cities in 33 countries across the world. The production plays its 200th performance when it returns to the Sadler’s Wells stage. With Antony Gormley’s striking set of 21 wooden boxes and Polish composer Szymon Brzóska’s specially commissioned score performed live, Sutra is a breath-taking spectacle of athleticism that explores the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition and its relationship with kung fu within a contemporary context.

 

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s contemporary musical Anonymous Society. Since then, he has made more than 20 fully-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of prestigious awards. In 2015 Cherkaoui assumed the role of artistic director at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, where he has created Fall (2015), Exhibition (2016) and Requiem (2017). He continues to create new work along with company Eastman, which he founded in Antwerp in 2010. Notable works include Qutb (2016), a trio commissioned by Natalia Osipova, the operas Les Indes Galantes (2016) for the Bayerische Staatsoper and Satyagraha (2017) for Theater Basel, Icon (2016) for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Mosaic (2017) for Martha Graham Dance Company. Other key works include, m¡longa, zero degrees with Akram Khan, Dunas alongside flamenco bailaora, Maria Pagés and genesis生 with Chinese choreographer Yabin Wang. Recent work includes Mermaid, a duet for Carlos Acosta and Martha Ortega which received its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells in September 2017.

 

Cherkaoui received international acclaim for his choreography in the film Anna Karenina and was also movement director for Lyndsey Turner's production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch at the Barbican Centre in 2015. Cherkaoui was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp for his outstanding contribution to contemporary dance.

 

Antony Gormley’s career has spanned almost 40 years; his works include Another Place, Domain Field, Inside Australia, Clearing, Breaking Room and Blind Light. Increasingly, he has taken his practice beyond the gallery, engaging the public in active participation, as in Clay and the Collection Body and the acclaimed One & Other commission in London's Trafalgar Square. Last year he worked with choreographer Hofesh Shechter on Survivor at the Barbican. In November 2012 an exhibition of major new works, Model, opened to critical acclaim at White Cube.  He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999 and the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE). He has been a Royal Academician since 2003 and a British Museum Trustee since 2007. 

 

The monks performing in Sutra are from the original Shaolin Temple, situated near Dengfeng City in the Henan Province of China and established in 495AD by monks originating from India. In 1983, the State Council defined the Shaolin Temple as the key national Buddhist Temple. The monks follow a strict Buddhist doctrine, with kung fu and tai chi martial arts forming an integral part of their daily practice. There are many martial arts schools that have also been set up in the region under the name of Shaolin, from which performers for many of the more commercial Shaolin Monk shows are drawn. The performers in Sutra however are all Buddhist Monks from the original temple itself.

 

Sutra is accompanied by a live, specially commissioned score for five musicians, including piano, percussion and strings by Polish composer Szymon Brzóska, who also collaborated with Cherkaoui on Dunas (2009), Orbo Novo (2009) performed by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Labyrinth (2011) - his first full length ballet score commissioned by Dutch National Ballet. 

 

Sutra is a Sadler’s Wells Production

Coproduced with Athens Festival, Festival de Barcelona Grec, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, La Monnaie Brussels, Festival d’Avignon, Fondazione Musica per Roma and Shaolin Cultural Communications Company.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist

 

Notes to Editors

Listings information
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley
and monks from the Shaolin Temple
Sutra
Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 March 2018
Performances: Mon - Wed at 7.30pm, Wed at 2.30pm
Tickets: £12 - £40
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

 

For further details of the Sutra 2018 international tour please visit www.sadlerswells.com/touring

 

ABOUT SADLER’S WELLS
Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, its goal is to motivate everyone to experience dance – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired. Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at partner venues across the UK and around the world, or accessing its content through digital channels. 

 

Sadler’s Wells commissions and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 140 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through its artist development initiatives, and reaches over 25,000 annually through its learning and engagement programmes.

 

Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by entrepreneur Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler’s Wells. Sadler’s Wells is a charity and a National Portfolio Organisation, currently receiving 10% of its revenue from Arts Council England.

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