March 1, 2010 at 12:19 am | Posted in Show Review | Leave a comment
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February 27, 2010 by Show_Hanger

I went Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Sutra in the weekend. Cherkaoui’s choreography and interplay with the monks from the Shoalin Temple (in China) was amazing.

I am not even going to try to describe the work. The monks pretty much do their thing – kung fu moves that they have been learning and perfecting since they entered the monastry as boys. But this is not a Kung Fu demonstration. What carries the work to being more than a Kung Fu demonstration, is the large coffin-like boxes on a starkly bare stage.

The boxes are re-arranged -constantly change the landscape; the monks and Cherkaoui move on them, move in them and moved them.

The monks are awesome: nimble, acrobatic; very dynamic with their floor work and I’m sure they pack a punch. There was some staff work, ‘knife’ work’ and a little bit of sword (2-handed) work. There is also a very nice monkey personification by the novice monk

Oh there is live original music, composed by Szymon Brzóska, and performed by a live quintet.


Definitely go if you get the chance: It is one hour long with no interval. So be prompt!


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