«Exceeds even our highest expectations», The Times
«This unique, profoundly imagined show takes the concept of cultural exchange to a whole new level», The Guardian
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.
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 worldwide, achieving standing ovations wherever it has been presented. 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 around the world.
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading creative organization dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round program of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where we welcome everyone to experience dance - to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale's contemporary musical, Anonymous Society. Since then he has made over 50 full-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of awards, including two Olivier Awards, three Ballet Tanz awards for best choreographer (2008, 2011, 2017) and the Kairos Prize (2009) for his artistic vision and his quest for intercultural dialogue. In 2015, Cherkaoui assumed the role of artistic director at the Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed the potential opened up by sculpture since the 1960s through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others in a way that confronts fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. In 2019, he presented SIGHT, an unprecedented site-specific exhibition, on the archaeological site and the Museum of Delos.
Direction & Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Visual creation & Design: Antony Gormley
Music: Szymon Brzóska
03 & 04/09 | 21.00
Reduced-rate tickets (€5) are available for students, seniors 65+, children and young people aged 6-18, unemployed, large families and Kallithea municipality residents.
Sale starting Monday 29/07 at 9.00am for SNFCC Members (specific number of seats).
Sale starting Tuesday 30/07 at 9.00am for the audience.
For ages 8+
Holders of reduced-rate tickets must present their identity card and relevant documents at the door (student card, unemployment card, large family card, disability certification, utility bill for Kallithea residents).
For more information, please contact SNFCC call center at +30 216 8091000.
The event is realized with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Alongside the core program of free-admission events, which continue to be provided free of charge thanks to grants from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center organizes a series of events for which a low admission fee applies. This aims to enable the SNFCC SA to diversify its income sources while ensuring its long-term financial robustness.
Stavros Niarchos Hall
of the GNO
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Cultural Center (SNFCC)
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Wednesday, September 4, 2019