The Buddhist monks of the Shaolin Temple in China are at the root of age-old legends that attribute them the ability to fly as they perform extraordinary feats of martial arts.
In Sutra they don't quite fly; but they do take to the air with mind-boggling energy, gusto and not a little sense of humour.
Cherkaoui uses their enthralling physicality to the full with a choreography that explores the unique philosophy behind the Shaolin tradition, its blend of faith, spirituality and athleticism.
The monks perform within a movable set of 21 wooden boxes created by the sculptor Antony Gormley. The boxes are like extra performers with which the monks interact, now standing on them, now moving them around to create sculptures within sculptures in a crescendo of ever more daring leaps and fast-moving sequences.
The music, especially commissioned from the Polish composer Szymon Brzóska, is performed live.
As a repeat viewer, Culture Whisper couldn’t recommend this show highly enough! Go!
|What||Cherkaoui, Gormley, Shaolin Monks - Sutra|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
26 Mar 18 – 28 Mar 18, 19:30 Wed mat 14:30 Dur.: 1 hour 10 minutes no interval
|Price||£12-£40 (+booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Well website|