16 September 2019 - 20:30 - 17 September 2019 - 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


This unforgettable show is a meeting of martial arts with modern dance and strength with tranquillity. Sutra was conceived when the monks of the famous Shaolin Temple, the 1,500 years old Buddhist school, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, one of the most influential choreographers of our times, came together. With the collaboration of nineteen monks from this monastery who have mastered the martial arts, Cherkaoui has succeeded in creating an artistic universe that touches the hearts of the audience. Sutra presents a breath-taking experience in which dance meets tradition and spirit with physical discipline.

Hailed by The Times for “exceeding even our highest expectations” and by The Guardian as a “unique, profoundly imagined work that takes the concept of cultural exchange to a new level”, Sutra is also a tribute to Kung Fu. Bruce Lee had succeeded in inspiring generations to come by spreading Asian martial arts philosophy to the West with the striking demonstrations of meditative Kung Fu. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui approaches the monks as dancers based on this powerful image created by Lee.

Sutra is an extraordinary show that explores the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition and its relationship with Kung Fu within a contemporary context. With its striking stage design featuring 21 wooden boxes designed by the famous sculptor Antony Gormley and the live piece written for piano, percussions and strings by the Polish composer Szymon Brzóska, this show captures the hearts and dreams of the audience. Sutra has been performed in 33 countries at 83 cities for over 250 thousand viewers. Do not miss the chance to see Sutra!

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.