Man on Stage
Originally published in the Improper Bostonian
With the strength of a linebacker and elegance of, well, a ballerina, Marcelo Gomes is one of the most sought-after pas de deux partners today. Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer follows the longtime principal dancer as he jetés across four continents and multiple cities, including his onetime home of Rio de Janeiro. The film toes the line between the glamour of Gomes' life onstage and the pain that awaits him as he steps off: an estranged father, multiple injuries and the ever-present ticking tock, as this year marks his impressive 20th anniversary with American Ballet Theatre. It's curtain up when the documentary chassés into the Brattle Theatre on Oct. 14.