Marcelo Gomes (dancer)
Gomes dancing with Julie Kent
September 26, 1979 |
|Current group||American Ballet Theatre|
Born in Manaus and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Gomes began his dance studies at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Achcar Ballet Schools. At the age of 13 he left Brazil to attend the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and at 16 he studied for one year at the Paris Opera Ballet school. He also studied at the schools of the Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Cuballet. Gomes was a Prix de Lausanne winner in 1996.
Gomes first joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1997 as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in 2000 and to principal dancer in 2002. He was named one of "25 to Watch" in 2001 by Dance Magazine. and was a winner of one of the most prestigious awards in ballet, the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2008 for his role as Othello in Lar Lubovitch's ballet Othello.
Gomes' performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to his touring with ABT, he has appeared at many international dance festivals, including the World Ballet Festival in Japan. He has been a guest artist with the Dutch National Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Houston Ballet, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and the New York City Ballet. In the summer of 2008, he accompanied Alessandra Ferri on her farewell tour in Japan and Italy, and in 2008 was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow.
- Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart in Swan Lake
- Des Grieux and Lescaut in Manon
- Romeo in Romeo and Juliet
- Albrecht in Giselle
- Peasant Pas de deux from Giselle
- Conrad, Ali, the Slave and Lankendem in Le Corsaire
- The Prince in Cinderella
- Solor in La Bayadère
- The Bronze Idol in La Bayadere
- Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote
- James in La Sylphide
- Franz in Coppélia
- Othello in Othello
- Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty
- Henry VIII in VIII
- The Moor in Petrouchka
- The Third Sailor in Fancy Free
- The Man from the House Opposite in Pillar of Fire
- Oberon and Lysander in The Dream
- The Man (Heaven) and Fortune in "HereAfter"
- Danilo and Camille in "The Merry Widow"
- His Imperial Excellency in Offenbach in "the Underworld"
- Onegin and Prince Gremin in "Onegin"
- Jeanne de Brienne and Abderakman in "Raymonda"
- Rogue in "Rabbit and Rogue"
He created Aktaion in "Artemis", the Portrait in "Dorian", Death in "HereAfter", Sergei in "On the Dnieper" and leading roles in "Black Tuesday", "C. to C. (Close to Chuck)", "Clear", "Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra", "From Here On Out", and "Glow - Stop."
- U.S. Public Records Index Vol 2 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
- Gia Kourlas (February 12, 2010). "A Dance King, Secure in His Domain". The New York Times.
- "Dancers: Principals: Marcelo Gomes". American Ballet Theatre. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
- "25 to Watch - notable dancers, companies and choreographers". Dance Magazine. January 2001. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Encyclopedia.com entry
- Bio as Guest Performer with Mariinsky
- YouTube of Performance with Alessandra Ferri in "Othello"
- NY Times review of Giselle (June 10, 2009)
- NY Times review of Swan Jake (June 24, 2009)
- NY Times review of Romeo and Juliet (July 8, 2009)