Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet

Lemon Sponge Cake respectfully requests funding to create of groundbreaking choreography under visionary artistic direction, via production of world premiere performances in collaboration world-class dancers, whilst offering the finest dance education and outreach activities to the entire community.

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WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCES

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

LEMON SPONGE CAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Creation of world premiere performances highlighting new choreography to artistically address relevant global and human rights issues that are affecting the world we are living in today. We take on relevant topics that are universal to all human beings which increases inclusiveness, diversity, equity and engagement.

"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 - The Denver Post

Over the past eighteen years, Sher-Machherndl's work 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.

Select choreographies
2018 - The Slow Flight - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2017 - Grasping Aspects of Shekhinah - University of Colorado Boulder
2017 - Vertical Migration Experiment - Boulder Jewish Community Center
2016 - White Fields - Public Art Commission, City of Boulder
2016 - White Mirror Second Look - Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver
2015 - White Mirror - Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College Maine
2015 - Rush - National College Dance Festival, Kennedy Center Performing Arts
2015 - Rush - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
2015 - White Mirror - Public Art Commission, City of Denver
2014 - Solo - Ballet Next, Joyce Theater, New York City
2014 - Hanna - Vienna State Ballet /Jugendkompanie, Vienna State Opera
2014 - Leopoldstatdt 22 - Mizel Museum, Denver
2013 - Man Made Men - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2012 - Scarlet - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2011 - BluePrint - Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver
2011 - Anilla - Chautauqua Summer Series, Boulder
2011 - Shiro Shiro - Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver
2010 - Vertical Migration - Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver
2010 - Bach 260 - Chautauqua Summer Series, Boulder
2010 - Young People's Project - Chautauqua Summer Series, Boulder
2010 - Liquid Space - Finnish National Ballet
2010 - Liquid Space - Alvin Ailey Theater, New York City
2010 - Solo - Colorado College Dance Festival
2009 - Liquid Space - Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver
2009 - Cello Sonata - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2008 - Liquid Space - Alexandra Theater, Helsinki
2008 - Choreographic Fusion - Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
2008 - A Strange Land - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2008 - I Trust You To Kill Me - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2007 - Gala - Chautauqua Summer Series, Boulder
2007 - Project Peace - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2006 - Alien Nation - Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver
2006 - Mozart 250 - Chautauqua Summer Series, Boulder
2005 - Tigerlilly - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2005 - Le Ballet Star - Chautauqua Summer Series, Boulder
2005 - Vertigo - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2004 - Where is the Love - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2004 - AustriaPop - Chautauqua Summer Series, Boulder
2003 - Strangelands - Chautauqua Summer Series, Boulder
2003 - LoveCrimes - Dairy Art Center, Boulder
2001 - UnCut - Dairy Art Center, Boulder

SELECT RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS
2019 - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London England
2018 - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London England
2018 - Colorado Ballet Academy Pre-professional Division, CO USA
2017 - University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
2017 - University of Wyoming, USA
2017 - Naropa University, USA
2017 - Colorado Ballet Academy Pre-professional Division, USA
2016 - Colorado Ballet Academy Pre-professional Division, USA
2015 - Colorado Ballet Academy Pre-professional Division, USA
2015 - Bowdoin College at Maine, USA
2015 - Lines Ballet BFA at Dominican University, CA USA
2015 - Lines Ballet Training Program, CA USA
2014 - Lines Ballet Training Program, CA USA
2013 - Lines Ballet Training Program, CA USA
2012 - Lines Ballet Training Program, CA USA
2011 - Lines Ballet Training Program, CA USA
2014 - Vienna State Ballet Academy, Austria
2010 - Colorado College Dance Festival, USA
2010 - University of Wyoming, USA
2010 - Kuopio Dance Festival, Finland
2009 - International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, CO USA
2009 - Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater, USA
2000 - Dance Professor, Colorado State University, USA
1999 - Dance Professor, Colorado State University, USA
1998 - Dance Professor, Colorado State University, USA
1997 - Dance Professor, Colorado State University, USA

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Evidence of Program's Success

Awards and recognition
New York Ballet Builder's Choreography Award (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Dance Person of the Year awarded by The Denver Post (2010)
City of Denver Public Art Commission archived in Denver's Public Art Collection (2015)

"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, The 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" Dance Enthusiast

"White Mirror - on October 4 Babi Yar Park hosts the city's first "Dance as Public Art Commission" Colorado Public Radio

"Dance, Dance Revolution: Lemon Sponge Cake's ballets don't dance around the issues" 
5280 Magazine

"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." Wendy Perron

" Mr. Sher-Machherndl, a former principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet and Barvarian State Ballet, is a choreographer to watch for." The New York Times

"DANCE REVIEW; Experimenting With Exercises In Ballet Idioms Of the Future" The New York Times

"Funny, dark and provocative, Trust was a highlight of the program." The New York Times

"Decidedly contemporary style that is gaining increased national attention, and deservedly so. He is an obvious talent ." Denver Post

BALLET SCHOOL AND TRAINING

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use
Male Adults
Male Children (5 - 14 years)

Description

Lemon Sponge Cake is a learning center where children ages six, through to adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds enjoy broad selection of educational programs available all year round.

After-School Ballet Program Fall & Spring Semesters
We offer children nourishment in the performing arts with classes in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary Choreography and Performance. It creates opportunity for all children to focus, engage and forge meaningful connections in the present. Through aesthetic athleticism our training strongly promotes cognitive motor language, social growth,self-confidence, artistic expression, spatial awareness, and critical thinking. Age 8 -18

After-School Ballet Program Performances
Each semester concludes with Winter and Spring performances inclusive of all students at Niwot High School Theater in Boulder. Age 8 - 18

Winter Workshop
One week high-energy contemporary ballet training includes ballet technique, choreography, Uggi and
performance. The course attracts dancers locally and nationwide. Age 16 - adult

Soloworks
A two-day workshop devoted to creation of a short solo piece. Dancers benefit from individual coaching to develop concise, compelling performances. Soloworks attracts dancers locally and nationwide. Age 16 - adult

Ballet Summer Intensive
Two week high-energy training, to include Ballet Technique, Contemporary Choreography, Uggi and
Performance. The course attracts dancers locally and nationwide. Age 14 - adult

Ballet Junior Summer Intensive
One week high-energy contemporary ballet training to include Ballet Technique, Choreography, Uggi and Performance. The course attracts local young dancers. Age 8 - 12

Adult Open Ballet Classes
Classes are open to the general public and available to all levels. Noted internationally for inspiring and
reenergizing dancers via Robert's present energetic nature and musicality infused teachings. The inspiring yet relaxed studio atmosphere contributes to a feeling of artistic joy and personal well being. Based in a technically precise classical tradition, his classes possess a distinctly up to date flow.

Uggi Workshops and Out Reach Programs
Welcome to everyone, to all people, regardless of dance experience or movement background. Offered as outreach for at-risk youth and physically challenged individuals. A series of inspiring suggestions are delivered, rather than structured movements. A creative outlet for all people to connect to their bodies and imaginations.

Coaching & Pre-professional Trainings
Private coaching and personalized tuition for dancers interested in a professional career or for personal advancement. We identify and addresses individual needs allowing dancers to excel. Up-to-date injury preventive techniques are used, bad habits retrained. Dancer are infused with musicality and contemporary choreography. Age 14 - 22

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success


Student placement at Juilliard School,  Tisch School of the Arts,  School of American Ballet,  Lines Ballet Training Program and Lines Ballet BFA at Dominican.

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