Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet brings new concepts and realities to the field of dance and its audiences, via the performance of new work, new choreography.
Internationally renowned choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl integrates ballet technique with contemporary movement to become a powerful vehicle to depict modern life. The results are strikingly imaginative, intensely emotional, thought provoking and distinctly progressive.
Lemon Sponge Cake produces and performs locally, tours in the United States and Europe. It has received outstanding critical-acclaim nationally and internationally, noted for an uncompromising artistic vision, signature choreographic style, highly-skilled performers and collaborators. Lemon Sponge Cake is based in Boulder CO.
WHAT THE PRESS HAS TO SAY
“Another stunner, rush, I had figured was the work of a forsythe disciple, like maybe Helen Pickett, who loves to ricochet between deconstructed épaulement and the ballet vocabulary itself. Wrong again. It was made by Robert Sher-Macherndl for the Dominican University Lines Ballet BFA program. How did i feel? Like I discovered a new program and a new choreographer.”
“Austrian-born dancer and choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl is everything an artist should be: a fiercely creative, self-confident individual who exploits familiar forms for his own devices, a visionary who forces us to look at the human body in strangely appealing new ways, and a dancer who makes the rigorous and punishing seem at once effortless and alien.”
“Mr. Sher-Machherndl, a former principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet and Bavarian State Ballet, is choreographer to watch for”
“I felt uncomfortable, as if Sher-Macherndl had played puppet master pulling my strings, just as he lowered the outstretched arm of Shoaf during the dance, she would reach up he would walk in circles around her and lower her arm, this too was repeated over and over and at one point he even appears to pull her foot out from under her causing her to collapse. I had been manipulated, but I had been a willing party to that manipulation. It was sublime.”
“What a mesmerizing conjunction of extremes, choreography by Robert Sher-Machherndl, majestic performance by Rachel Viselli, principal dancer of San Francisco ballet. Hard to resist the charm and summery grace of the Chautauqua setting coupled with brilliant dance. Worth repeating: brilliant dance.”
“Funny, dark and provocative, ‘trust’ was a highlight of the program”