Marcelo Gomes is a danceur noble: a male ballet dancer whose extraordinary technique, charismatic presence, and seemingly effortless strength make him the embodiment of the classical prince. Raised in Rio de Janeiro, the darkly handsome dancer has been called the Pelé of Ballet. When not performing, rehearsing, or travelling the world as a guest artist (at the Royal Ballet in London, at the Mariinsky, Mikhailovsky, and Bolshoi in Russia, at his hometown Theatro Municipal, and elsewhere), Gomes lives in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen with Lua, his dachshund. The film includes clips of Gomes in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, and La Bayadère, and interviews with ballet luminaries such as Alexei Ratmansky, Kevin McKenzie, Misty Copeland, and David Hallberg.
New York: Opens Jan. 3 at Film Forum.