Broadway Dance Lab is thrilled to welcome the incomparable Marcelo Gomes to our roster of choreographers joining us in the lab this season. We are honored that this superstar of the ballet world supports BDL’s mission to “reach across the aisle” and invite choreographers of all backgrounds to explore the Broadway idiom.
Marcelo Gomes is one of classical ballet’s most sought-after male dancers. A native of Brazil, Mr. Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 and was promoted to soloist in 2000 and principal dancer in 2002. He has performed in every full-length ballet in the company’s repertoire, and has worked with and/or created leading roles for virtually every major choreographer in the last 18 years including George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Anthony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, and Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, Matthew Bourne and Alexei Ratmansky.
Mr. Gomes’ performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to his touring with ABT, he has appeared at many international dance festivals, and has been a guest artist with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Teatro Colon, Mikhailovsky Ballet, Universal Ballet, Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and New York City Ballet. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Hope Prize at the Prix de Lausanne, a Bessie Award, and the Pris Benois de la Dance.
Mr. Gomes has recently begun a successful choreographic career, and has created pieces for American Ballet Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, La Scala and Kings of the Dance. His ballet Apothéose, created for Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle, had its premiere on the opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House engagement in May 2013. His newest work, AfterEffect, will enter the repertoire of ABT in October 2015 at the David H Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City.
In January 2015, The HARID Conservatory initiated the Marcelo Gomes Scholarship Program, which provides invaluable assistance to gifted young male dance students.
Find out even more about Marcelo Gomes by visiting www.marcelogomes.co