16 September 20:30 - 17 September 20:30 - Turkcell Stage
Sutra: 20.30

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Sadler’s Wells London



Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Antony Gormley / Szymon Brzóska

with monks from the Shaolin Temple



Tickets 300, 250, 150, 120, 90 | Students 60 TL

Lasts 60’; no intermission.


Direction and Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Visual Creation and Design: Antony Gormley

Music: Szymon Brzóska

A Sadler’s Wells London Production


Co-produced by Athens Festival, Festival de Barcelona Grec, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, La Monnaie Brussels, Festival d`Avignon, Fondazione Musica per Roma, Shaolin Cultural Communications Company


Celebrating its 10th anniversary last season, Sutra has so far reached over 190,000 viewers in 64 cities across 32 countries. Now, this Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Sadler’s Wells London production is back in Istanbul with the same excitement!


Hailed by The Times for ‘exceeding out even highest expectations’ and by The Guardian as a ‘profoundly imagined show taking the concept of cultural exchange to a whole new level’, Sutra  deeply moved the audiences at the Istanbul Theatre Festival in 2010 and received standing ovations.


The award-winning collaboration between choreographer Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony

Gormley, and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China offers a breath-taking experience in which dance meets with tradition and spirit with physical discipline.

The word ‘sutra’ refers to a Buddhist scripture and this incomparable work 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 for piano, percussions, and strings performed live, it captures the hearts and imaginations of people.


For those who want to witness it again, those who missed it or anticipate in wonder, Sutra is back in Istanbul after 9 years with the thrill and freshness of the very first time.

Turkcell Stage

Turkcell Stage, being among the world’s limited numbered most developed performance centers with its technological equipment, provides an exclusive and delighting experience to its guests with its enriched acoustic features.

Turkcell Stage expands to a space of 1.570 m2 in total including the 350 m2 movable area, (with 36 m height, 22 m wideness and 24 m depth) 528 m2 stage and backstage. The stage, formed of 12 separate elevators, comes to the fore with its construction enabling entrance to the under stage entrances. The totally mechanic orchestra pit, also being able to be used as a downstage seating area, is situated so comfortable and huge that it can host the greatest symphony orchestras. Turkcell Stage, with a construction of two balconies and a capacity of 2.190 people, puts the best equipment at the art lovers’ disposal with its advanced technological video, sound and light systems. Zorlu PSM, directing Turkey’s art life significantly, has hosted approximately 1000 performances such as the Cats musical, The Phantom of Opera, Gerard Depardieu, Hugh Jackman, PJ Harvey, Damien Rice and about 1 million audiences since the time it was opened. Zorlu PSM, in its 3rd season with a totally new format, also built a new concert area that can be positioned as a winter concert area in İstanbul with a capacity of being able to host 3500 guests standing. The PSM has been continuing both Turkish and foreign thematic standing concerts without slowing down.