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Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui teamed up with Turner Prize winning artist Antony Gormley to create a new work inspired by the skill, strength, and spirituality of Buddhist Shaolin monks. This piece is nothing short of breathtaking.

By visiting the Shaolin Temple, and working with the Shaolin Monks over several months, Sidi Larbi followed a lifelong interest of exploring the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition, its relationship with KungFu, and its position within a contemporary context.

Sutra follows soloist Ali Thabet and 17 Monks performing a mixture of martial arts and contemporary dance on Gormley's moving set of 21 wooden boxes. Polish composer Szymon Brzóska’s original score for piano, percussion and strings is played live as the movement flies across the stage.

Watch as the Monks seemingly defy gravity in this captivating story of appreciation and acceptance

Cast & Crew

(Choreographer), (Director), Annie McGough (Producer), Antony Gormley (SetDesign), (Composer), Suzanne Walker (Producer), Alistair Spalding (Producer), Douglas Cummins (Producer)

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