Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet's mission is to create groundbreaking choreography under singular, visionary artistic direction, via production of contemporary ballet world premieres in collaboration world-class dancers and partners, while offering the finest in ballet & contemporary dance education and outreach to the next generation and community at-large.
Internationally renowned choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl, granted US Alien of Extraordinary Ability, and Jenifer Sher established Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet in 2000 becoming non-profit in 2003. Lemon Sponge Cake receives critical-acclaim locally, nationally and internationally for Sher-Machherndl's signature contemporary movement language. His refined ballet technique is a powerful vehicle able to depict current relevant themes via intensely emotional, thought provoking and distinctly progressive work.
World-class collaborators gather in Boulder to create dynamic new works, from local talent to principal dancers of American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet and Finnish National Ballet. Our projects are premiered at local venues first, Chautauqua Summer Series, Dairy Art Center and Newman Center prior to touring.
We shine a positive light on Boulder via its prestigious commissions for Finnish National Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, Lines Ballet, Kuopio Dance Festival and American College Dance Festival and more. Sher-Machherndl is 4 x winner of New York Ballet Builders Award, and named Dance Person of the Year by the Denver Post. 2003 - 2012 Lemon Sponge Cake was a prominent RO at Dairy Arts Center. Here we established wide variety of educational programs, intensives, workshops, open-classes and out-reach activities. Today many of these
programs are held at Kinesis studios. We expand, strengthen and develop program excellence via performance, education, collaboration and out-reach, which over time has impacted on tens-of-thousands peoples lives.
2015 - Dance commission by Denver Arts & Venues|Denver Public Art.'White Mirror', a site-specific performance for Babi Yar Park, its purpose to serve as education in tolerance and living memorial for 200,000 human brutally murdered during WWII at Babi Yar ravine.
2016 International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Denver Arts & Venues presented White Mirror at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver 8 TV aired White Mirror 13 times impacting 135,000 households.
2016 - Public Art project sponsored by Boulder Office of Arts + Culture. White Fields addresses outrage at gun violence and compassion for its victims. The first site-specific NOBO performance at Holiday Park. Nearly 580 people attended. White Fields was featured on the Times Reuters billboard Times Square, NYC.
2017 Vertical Migration Experiment takes inspiration from human migration a topic central to the 21st century, expressing a current world phenomena through innovative and powerful movement.
2018 Gone: performance installation at Boulder Junction, a pop-up work allowing spectator to take a close look at the human condition.
2019 Juliet: inspired by todays fast paced digital age as it relates to increasing intolerance, social, racial or political.
Over the past 18 years Lemon Sponge Cake has evolved into a platform for artistically addressing and reflecting to its audiences, relevant global and human rights issues affecting the world we live in today.
"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"
Dance Person of the Year - Denver Post
"Sher-Machherndl's movement style, reminiscent of William Forsythe, seems to deliberately accentuate his length and angularity, which becomes striking in combination with his clear center and precise technique"
"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-Machherndl for the Dominican University LINES Ballet BFA program. How did I feel? Like I discovered a new program and a new choreographer."
" Mr. Sher-Machherndl, a former principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet and Bavarian State Ballet, is a choreographer to watch for."
The New York Times
"Decidedly contemporary style that is gaining increased national attention, and deservedly so. He is an obvious talent ."
"Funny, dark and provocative, Trust was a highlight of the program."
The New York Times