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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley with monks from the Shaolin Temple Sutra

On tour

A group of monks from the Shaolin Temple standing one behind the other mid performance
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Sutra is one of Sadler’s Wells’ most exhilarating productions and has toured around the globe to sell-out audiences and mass critical acclaim.
Dancers performing in Sutra
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The award-winning collaboration between choreographer Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony Gormley and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China has been seen by over 250,000 people world-wide, achieving standing ovations wherever it has been seen. This breathtaking spectacle of athleticism explores the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition and its relationship with kung fu within a contemporary context.

With Antony Gormley’s striking set of 21 wooden boxes and Polish composer Szymon Brzóska ’s specially commissioned score performed live, Sutra is an incomparable work that has captured the hearts and imaginations of people the world over, as one of the stage’s most sophisticated productions and a true work of art.

This unique, proundly imagined show takes the concept of cultural exchange to a whole new level


Mesmerising and magical


Impossible to resist… astounding


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If you’re interested in booking this production for a venue or festival, we’d love to hear from you.

Bia Oliveira
Head of Producing & Touring

Aristea Charalampidou
Tour Producer

Direction & Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui  
Visual creation and Design: Antony Gormley
Music: Szymon Brzóska 
with monks from the Shaolin Temple 

A Sadler’s Wells Production.
Co-produced 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.