Marcelo Gomes: Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer

Born in the heart of the Amazon, trained in Rio de Janeiro, Boca Raton and Paris, Marcelo Gomes is one of the most sought-after male ballet dancers today. A Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre in New York City, Marcelo also performs with the world’s most prestigious ballet companies and star ballerinas.
Marcelo is a dancer in transition. Despite his tremendous work ethic, Marcelo knows the career of a dancer is brief; and like all dancers, he worries about what he’ll do next. After two major surgeries, how much longer will his body hold up? With his reputation on the line, does he have the talent and drive to become a serious choreographer? Follow Marcelo’s journey.

MARCELO GOMES is a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and was recently named Guest Principal Dancer with the Mikhailovsky Theatre of St. Petersburg for its 180th season. Marcelo was born in Manaus and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He first joined ABT in 1997 as a member of the Corps de Ballet, and was promoted to Soloist in 2000 and Principal in 2002. He is a winner of the most prestigious awards in ballet, the Prix de Lausanne in 1996 and the Prix Benois de la Danse for best male performer in 2008. In 2008, Marcelo appeared on the national television broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors dancing Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite. In 2011, Marcelo was honored with a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Outstanding Individual Performance as Albrecht in American Ballet Theatre’s Giselle. Marcelo has appeared as a guest artist with the Kirov and The Royal Ballet as well as the Kings of the Dance tour since 2006.
DAVID BARBA [Director/Producer] was born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised in Mexico City. He received a BA from Stanford University. After working in the film industries in New York, London and Mexico City, David attended the Columbia University School of the Arts, receiving an MFA in Film. His short film ADIOS, PARA SIEMPRE shot on location in Mexico City, screened at festivals worldwide and aired on Showtime in the US and AXN throughout Latin America. David is a graduate of the two-year Meisner acting program with Suzanne Esper at the Esper Studio in New York.
JAMES PELLERITO [Director/Producer] was born and raised in Vicenza, Italy, near Venice. James moved to New York to attend Columbia and received a BA and MFA in Film. He also holds an MA in Art History and Cinema Studies from NYU and worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for many years. His short film MAREE (TIDES), shot on location in Venice, screened in over one hundred festivals worldwide and won awards at over twenty-five festivals including Berlin, Rhode Island and Cinequest, qualifying it for Academy Award consideration in 2005. He is a graduate of the two-year Meisner acting program with Richard Pinter of The Neighborhood Playhouse.

David & James established Retribution Media, a film and television production company in 2005. Their feature documentary POP STAR ON ICE screened at several festivals around the world, including Seattle, SilverDocs, Frameline, Doc New Zealand, London and NewFest. It had a theatrical release at IFC Center in New York City and aired on Sundance Channel and Logo. They recently completed Season 2 of their television series BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR which airs on Logo in Fall 2012.

Upcoming Screenings
Sep 8 – 30th Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Austin, TX 
Sep 21, 25 – 25th Raindance Film Festival, London, UK 
Oct 5 – San Francisco Dance Film Festival, San Francisco, CA 
Oct 11 – 12th Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma, WA 
Oct 14 – 3rd GlobeDocs, Boston, MA 
Oct (TBA) – 19th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Past Screenings
Aug 31 – 12th Monterrey International Film Festival, Monterrey, Mexico
Sept 6, 7 – 7th DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival, St. George, UT

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