American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer Marcelo Gomes, with his good looks, gentle manners and generous spirit, is the embodiment of a Romantic hero. In many ways, he is the ideal Prince Charming of classical ballet: handsome, sweet and kind. In the course of his 18-year career with the company, Gomes has danced scores of princely roles, covering most of the romantic and classical repertory from Albrecht to Siegfried and beyond. Yet the Brazilian-born dancer knows what it takes (and how it feels) to be an anti-hero in dance—particularly in modern dance—portraying, most fascinatingly, The Moor in Jose Limon’s “The Moor’s Pavane” and the Young Man from the House Opposite in Antony Tudor’s “Pillar of Fire.” He also experienced Kevin McKenzie’s “Swan Lake” and Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Sleeping Beauty” from a “baddie” perspective, having danced the malevolent magician Rothbart and the wicked witch Carabosse, the villains of these two ballets, to wide acclaim.
Marcelo Gomes as Death in Kurt Jooss' “The Green Table.” Photograph by Marty Sohl
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading