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Sutra, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Sadler's Wells London

Taiturimainen Sutra yhdistää nykytanssin ja kung fu -mestareiden taisteluakrobatian uudella tavalla. Menestyskoreografin teos on kerännyt kiitosta niin katsojilta kuin kriitikoilta.

Lavalla nähdään tanssijan lisäksi 17 Shaolinin munkkia, joista nuorin on vain 12-vuotias. Kuvataiteilija Antony Gormleyn nerokkaat laatikot muuttuvat milloin luonnon ihmeiksi, milloin kokonaisiksi kaupungeiksi ja temppeleiksi.

Konsepti ja koreografia Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Visualisointi Antony Gormley
Tanssi Ali Thabet / Shaolin-temppelin munkit
Musiikki Szymon Brzóska, Alies Sluiter, Olga Wojciechowska, Laura Anstee, Coordt Linke
Tuotanto Sadler's Wells London
Yhteistuotanto Athens Festival, Festival de Barcelona Grec, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, La Monnaie Brussels, Festival d'Avignon, Fondazione Musica per Roma and Shaolin Cultural Communications Company

Ensi-ilta 27.5.2008 Sadler's Wells, Lontoo

Yleisökeskustelut esitystilassa 25. & 26.8. esitysten jälkeen.


Kuva: Hugo Glendinning

"Modern dance has few more extraordinary journeys."

"Yet this isn't the first time Shaolin monks have appeared on stage: another troupe tour regularly with martial arts spectaculars. Sutra puts the same physical skills into a far more austere setting."
The Independent

Sadler's Wells Theatre

Sidi Larbin päiväkirja Sutra-esityksen valmistumisesta, The Guardian

Sidi Larbi Cherkaouin ajatuksia Sutran musiikista:

"When I discovered Szymon Brzós's musical universe, my immediate reaction was to invite him to compose the score for Sutra: I had rarely heard contemporary music that could move me so deeply. His work has very personal shades to it: often melancholic, it locates and expresses a sense of sorrow within me, an End that lurks not far beneath the surface.

Usually the music associated with martial arts is more energetic, very dynamic. But Szymon, was not tempted to emulate it as his own sensibilities lay elsewhere. He did not write his music to match the soundtracks of kung fu films. However, he did draw inspiration heavily from the ambience of the temple and its environs - the landscape, the sounds in the air, the mood prevailing in the monastery and conversations with Master Yen Da, the chief of the warrior monks.

Szymon knew that unlike dancers, the monks, despite their extraordinary precision and discipline, were unused to moving to external rhythm or music; so it is the music and the musicians who follow and accompany the movement, with variations night after night, depending on the speed and mood of the performance.

The fact that the monks in Sutra were not "performers" in the strict sense of the term was an important factor that shaped the score: Szymon had to take the beauty and the grace of their movements, of their body language, and to transpose it into the music that would primarily be at their service. So while the framework of the score, and indeed most of the pieces, had been written before the start of rehearsals, he rewrote and adapted the music as the choreography evolved, as the piece took shape. I am touched by the wisdom and generosity of this music, its ability to shift shape, like a fluid that will flow and fill as required for balance.

And it was not the only challenge. I already knew that Sutra would be composed of a body-mind equation as propounded in Shaolin ("Chan") Buddhism physically reflected in the interaction between the monks and the boxes designed by Antony Gormley. But I wanted to see what a third point on the plane does: emotions. We needed to explore if the beauty within the discipline, the drive for mastery - not for material success but for inner growth - and the power of meditation are fuelled by emotions: could they be the link between the two axes?

So the music had to provide the adhesive between the different components of the piece and generate the mood, the feeling, the vital emotional link - between the audience and the performers, between us all - that would bring us together for a moment of communion, of honesty Looking at Sutra, watching the reactions of viewers, of the participants themselves, and perceiving how it has changed us all, I would like to thank Szymon for giving voice to this story, for providing the canvas where our feelings, complex, changeable and identifiable, are recorded."

Minä ja tila -työpajat

Tervetuloa työskentelemään liikkeen ja tilan parissa! Sutra-teoksen innoittamissa työpajoissa kokeillaan ja tutkitaan, mitä merkityksiä voi syntyä laatikoista ja ihmisten liikkeestä suhteessa niihin.

Mitään etukäteiskokemusta tanssista ei osallistujilla tarvitse olla. Työpajat pidetään 25.8. ja 26.8. klo 16.30-18.00 teatterin harjoitushuoneessa. Vetäjänä toimii Helsingin Kaupunginteatterin yleisötyövastaava Mirja Neuvonen.

Osallistuminen on maksutonta ja mukaan otetaan 20 ensimmäistä ilmoittautunutta / työpaja. Työpaja sopii 14 vuotta täyttäneille.

Työpajat ovat täynnä!

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Kirjanmerkki / jaa


Ti 25.8.  klo 19:00 - 20:15 
Ke 26.8.  klo 19:00 - 20:15 
To 27.8.  klo 19:00 - 20:15 


44-49 / 25 €
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