After meeting the monks of the Shaolin temple in 2007, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui decided to work closely with the temple to develop a common project. He invited Antony Gormley for the set design and Polish composer Szymon Brzóska for the live performed music. Sutra became a common journey of cultural and social exchange. Through translations, negotiations and explanations, they created an artistic universe that found its way to the hearts of the audience. Talking about old and new China, the performance is also a reflection of the meeting between Cherkaoui, choreographic assistant Ali Ben Lotfi Thabet and the monks. It speaks about building and destroying, about transformations and games. The stage is filled with wooden boxes. These can form different constellations; becoming a wall, a bridge, a temple or a graveyard, they create a transformable space to travel through for the performers.