Sutra

Sutra

Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

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不立文字
教外別傳
直指人心
見性成佛

Attributed to Boddhidharma

Infos & Cast

About

Infos & Cast

Choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Scenography Antony Gormley
Lighting Designer Adam Carrée
Music Szymon Brzóska

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley with the monks of the Shaolin Temple

16, 17 and 18 February 2023 – 8pm
19th February 2023 – 3pm
Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM)

Family friendly

Sadler’s Wells production in co-production with Athens Festival, Barcelona Greek Festival, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Festival d’Avignon, Fondazione Musica per Roma and Shaolin Cultural Communications Company

First performed in 2008 at the Sadler’s Wells

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About

The Buddhist temple of Shaolin in Henan, the historic heartland of China, is famous in many ways. Founded in 527 by the Indian monk Boddhidharma, who according to tradition stared at a wall there for nine years without moving, the monastery is the cradle of the Chan school, better known by its Japanese name of Zen because it was in Japan that it flourished. The temple is also famous for its cultural and architectural relics: the Forest of Pagodas and the Forest of Steles, listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. But Shaolin Temple is best known for its martial arts tradition, which Boddhidharma himself is said to have imagined to discipline a lazy and careless community. After meeting the Shaolin monks in 2007, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui decided to work closely with the temple to develop a joint project for which he created the choreography and danced with the monks himself. He joins forces with English sculptor Antony Gormley, winner of the 1994 Turner Prize, knighted in 2014 and quite simply one of the greatest names in visual art of our time, from his monumental Angel of the North (1998) to his installation of iron “body shapes” Sight on the island of Delos in 2019. Gormley, who shares Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s interest in Buddhist philosophy, was therefore invited to design the set. For the music, the choreographer called on a close collaborator, the Polish composer Szymon Brzóska, who is also featured in this season’s Ukiyo-e, to write the music. Cherkaoui conceived the show for his company Eastman and gave it the Sanskrit name for the canonical scriptures of the Buddhist tradition: Sutra. Sutra is a journey of cultural and social exchange. By means of translations, negotiations and explanations, the monks, the dancing choreographer and his assistant, Ali Ben Lotfi Thabet, succeeded in creating an artistic universe that evokes old and new China in an unusual and playful way, dealing with construction and destruction, transformations and games. The stage is covered with wooden boxes that can be modulated to form different constellations; they can stand as a wall, build a bridge, erect a temple or represent a cemetery. They create a convertible space through which the artists travel. As the guest ballet of the Grand Théâtre de Genève’s 22–23 season at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, Sutra promises one of those increasingly rare moments when China and the West can, in the words of Boddhidharma, “touch each other straight to the heart.”

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