ABOUT LEMON SPONGE CAKE
In 1976, the United States government recognized Robert Sher-Machherndl’s professional accomplishments and awarded him the celebrated and highly sought after “Alien of Extraordinary Ability” status, allowing his permanent residence in the United States. In 2000, he and Jenifer Sher established Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet in Boulder CO.
Sher-Machherndl has created choreography for Finnish National Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, Scapino Ballet, Salzburg Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson, Santa Fe Dance Festival, Lines Ballet BFA and Training Program, Bowdoin College, Ballet Next, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, Kuopio Dance Festival, Peridance, Moving People Dance, American College Dance Festival, Colorado Ballet Training Program and more. His choreography for Lemon Sponge Cake includes over 25 full-evening works danced by renowned principal dancers to include Susan Jaffe ABT, Michele Wiles ABT, Misty Copeland ABT, Minna Tervamaki Finnish National Ballet, Valerie Madonia ABT/Joffrey Ballet and Simone Messmer ABT/San Francisco Ballet. He’s been awarded Dance Person of the Year by The Denver Post, a four-time winner of the New York Ballet Builders’ Choreography Award, and featured on the MTV Emmy Award winning series, MADE.
Lemon Sponge Cake received the first dance Public Art Commission from Denver Public Art, a department of Denver Arts & Venues, for his piece, White Mirror, a site-specific performance created for Babi Yar Park. This city park is a memorial to the 200,000 victims that were brutally murdered at Babi Yar Ravine, Ukraine, during WWII.
Subsequently, the nearby city of Boulder sponsored a Dance Public Art Project through The Boulder Office of Arts + Culture, White Fields, to address outrage at gun violence and compassion for its victims.
Sher-Machherndl’s 2017 choreography of Vertical Migration Experiment fearlessly takes inspiration from human migration, a topic central to the 21st century, expressing this current and tragic world phenomena through innovative and powerful movement language.
Over the past eighteen years, Lemon Sponge Cake has evolved into a platform for artistically addressing and reflecting to its audiences the relevant global and human rights issues that are affecting the world we are living in today.