ROBERT SHER-MACHHERNDL and MINNA TERVAMAKI in a new collaboration -
"(Sher-Machherndl's choreography is)....explosive, aggressive,
in control. It's the voice he's been developing for some 40
Brian Melton, Denver Magazine,
Robert Sher-Machherndl, director/choreographer of Colorado's Lemon Sponge
Cake Contemporary Ballet, and Finland's Minna Tervamaki, principal dancer
with the Finnish National Ballet, have forged an exciting collaboration with
their duet Liquid-Space, which will premiere in NY with April 28 & 29
performances at the Ailey Citigroup Theater.
Viennese dancer/choreographer Sher-Maccherndl and Tervamaki first met when
the ballerina appeared in the Chautauqua Summer Series in Boulder,
Colorado. Liquid-Space, an hour-long flow of duets and solos, was originally
premiered in Colorado with Sher-Maccherndl and Simone Messmer of ABT, but
when setting the work on Tervamaki, Sher-Machherndl traveled to Finland to
rehearse with the ballerina, perfectly tailoring the dance to her very
special talents. The result is a stylish, inspired work that investigates
dramatic combinations of movement, sound and silences.
MINNA TERVAMAKI, here making her New York debut, joined the Finnish
National Ballet in 1986 and dances all the ballerina roles (Giselle, Aurora,
Odette-Odile) as well as principal roles in ballets by Ratmansky, Balanchine,
Forsythe, Ek, and others. She has also choreographed several ballets and
produced an evening of her work at the Opera House. The beautiful
ballerina is also quite the celebrity outside of the ballet world, with
appearances at galas, fashion shows, and in various commercial ads. About her
happy collaboration with Sher-Machherndl, Tervamaki remarked that she finds his
choreography "intriguing," adding "I appreciate the challenge it presents
at this point in my career."
ROBERT SHER-MACHHERNDL's very individual vision and style have earned him
glowing New York reviews from his appearances on several Ballet Builders.
In the West, his company is celebrated and, in a March 2009 feature article
in Denver Magazine, his choreography was described as "...turning ballet
on its head!" Like Tervamaki, he comes from a classical background, having
been a principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet and Bavarian State
Ballet, dancing leads in the classics and Balanchine ballets, among others.
He has also been associated as dancer and/or teacher with the Nederlands
Dance Theater, Salzburg Ballet, Ballet Rambert, and Matthew Bourne's Swan
Liquid-Space will be performed
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 28 & 29 at 8 PM
Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 West 55