Marcelo Gomes, a native of Brazil, began his dance studies at the age of 5 at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Aschcar ballet schools in Rio de Janeiro. Upon winning the Revelation Prize at the Festival of Dance in Joinville in 1993, he traveled to the United States to continue his training at The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as at the schools of the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Cuballet, where he studied under Alicia Alonso. Mr. Gomes was awarded second place at the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1994, and was the recipient of the Hope Prize at Lausanne in 1996, after which he spent a year at the school of the Paris Opera Ballet.
Mr. Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 as a member of the Corps de Ballet, and rose quickly through the ranks, being promoted to Soloist in 2000 and Principal Dancer in 2002. He has performed in virtually every full-length classical ballet in the company’s repertoire, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried, Benno, and von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Solor in La Bayadere, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Franz in Coppelia, Espada and Basilio in Don Quixote, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Onegin and Prince Gremin in Onegin, Conrad, Ali the Slave, and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the Moor in Othello, Jeanne de Brienne and Abderakman in Raymonda, Lescaut and Des Grieux in Manon, Armand in Lady of the Camellias, and Pyotr in The Bright Stream. Mr. Gomes has performed leading roles in the works of George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Anthony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, and Martha Graham, and has worked with, as well as created roles for, Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky and Matthew Bourne.
Mr. Gomes’ performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to his touring with American Ballet Theatre, he has appeared at many international dance festivals, and has been a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet, Teatro Colon, Teatro Municipal Do Rio de Janeiro, Universal Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet, and New York City Ballet. He accompanied Alessandra Ferri on her farewell tour in Japan and Italy in 2008, and was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Benois de la Dance in Moscow the same year.
As a choreographer, Mr. Gomes has created ballets for American Ballet Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, La Scala, Kings of the Dance, and ABT’s Studio Company. 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. In 2014, he choreographed the wildly successful Under Armour “I Will What I Want” television campaign starring Misty Copeland. His most recent work, AfterEffect, with scenic design by artist Françoise Gilot, entered the repertoire of ABT in October 2015 at the David H Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City.