A Special Evening with Marcelo Gomes

SFDFF Fundraiser

SFDFF invites you to join us in celebrating ABT principal dancer Marcelo Gomes and the west-coast premiere of Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer by filmmakers James Pellerito and David Barba.



Marcelo Gomes’ clean technique, skilled partnering and magnetic stage presence make him one of the world’s most versatile and in-demand male dancers of his generation. This year saw the principal dancer celebrate his 20th anniversary with American Ballet Theatre, a company he joined at just 17 years old. Coinciding with this milestone was the release of the feature-length documentary Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer, created by David Barba and James Pellerito.

The film combines intimate interviews with backstage and rehearsal footage and archival video. Focusing on Gomes’ skill and prowess as a partner, it includes interviews with some of the world’s top ballerinas including Diana Vishneva, Polina Semionova and Misty Copeland. Anatomy also reveals Gomes’ early life and family in Brazil, featuring fantastic footage of him as a young dancer.

Screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Marcelo Gomes, moderated by former ABT dancer Kristine Elliott.

Co-presented by San Francisco Ballet and the Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco

Co-Hosts and Event Sponsors: Kate Duhamel, Lucia Choi Dalton, Sunnie Evers, Hiro Iwanaga, Maria Kochetkova, Brenda Leff, Alison Mauzé, Pascal Molat, Catherine Slavonia

Special Event Sponsors: Richard Barker, Suzanne & Wulfrin Oberlin, Thomas E. Horn

Thursday, October 5 | Doors open at 6 pm, screening at 7 pm

Atrium Theater, Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102 — MAP

Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer
(United States, 2017) 83 min
Director: David Barba, James Pellerito
View Film Website

Additional Credits

Key Cast Marcelo Gomes, Dorothee Gilbert, Veronika Part, Polina Semionova, Diana Vishneva, David Hallberg Producer David Barba & James Pellerito | Production Company Retribution Media | Director of Photography David Barba & James Pellerito | Composer Giovanni Spinelli