Sutra brings a state of grace to the stage

William Peterson

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Sutra, presented in its Australian premiere as part of Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival, more than merits the critical acclaim heaped upon it. Touring in its tenth year, this spectacular work features 19 Shaolin monks flying, leaping and moving gracefully and purposefully across the stage along with giant boxes that become dramatic characters in the action.
Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s fusion of the choreographic universe of contemporary dance with the kung fu techniques of the famed Shaolin monks is both masterful and unexpected. The 19 monks in Sutra are extraordinary acrobats, and we take great delight as they fly, spin, kick, leap, and somersault across the stage.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2018

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  • OzAsia Festival
  • Performance review
  • Sutra
  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
  • Shaolin monks


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