August 11, 2009

Brilliant Dance: Boulder’s Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet Company’s “Liquid Space” ~via Julia Bry Schwab

Memorable & Mesmerizing Movement

If you missed “Liquid Space” by Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet Company on August 8, 2009, at Chautauqua Auditorium, Julia Bry Schwab shares her interpretation of the creative and theatrical event. ~ Lindsey Kesel, ed.

Black backdrops, black costumes, meticulous movement, languid and electric, vibrant sound, Bach all the way to helicopter reverberation, masculine and feminine interaction, steryotyped and sometimes surprisingly confluent. What a mesmerizing conjunction of extremes, choreography by Robert Sher-Machherndl, majestic performance by Rachel Viselli, principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet, along with Sher-Mchherndl.

A fabulous dance event as this Boulder debut moves next to Helsinki. Hard to resist the charm and summery grace of the Chautauqua setting coupled with brilliant dance. Worth repeating: brilliant dance. I’m just sorry the company name has previously deterred my participation.  This was not a touchy-feely rendition of recognizable sound or movement, no sponge cake experience for this viewer. Rather, sharp with excitement, new with aliveness, Liquid Space was a memorable experience in contemporary ballet. Best wishes to the company as they head for their first tour to west Europe.

~ Julia Schwab

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