Announced today. I copy part of the press release below:
Marcelo Gomes, star of the American Ballet Theatre, will join the Mikhailovsky ballet as Guest Principal DancerMarcelo
Gomes will continue his collaboration with the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Guest Principal Dancer in the forthcoming 2012/13 season. The world-renowned dancer will perform leading roles in the company’s classical ballets, as well as participate in new productions of the Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet, Nacho Duato. At the same time, he will remain Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, which he joined in 1997.
This season, Marcelo Gomes performed at the Mikhailovsky Theatre several times: he took part in the Kings of the Dance program and in repertoire performances. A particular highlight was Swan Lake in April, 2012: Mr. Gomes performed as Prince Siegfried, when Natalia Osipova chose him as her partner for her debut as Odette-Odile. Vedomosti noted that “he has completed the task impeccably”, confirming his reputation as “the ABT’s main star”… “He reveals his ‘princely nature’ with his soft pace, coordination of dance and gesture, and effortless technique, excluding even the thought of trick demonstration. When the ballerina appears… he turns into an irreproachable and gallant partner, precisely according to Petipa’s aesthetics”.
The Guest Principal Dancer will appear on the stage of the Mikhailovsky Theatre on the opening night of the new season: on September 13, Mr. Gomes and Polina Semionova will dance the leading roles in Giselle; the next performance of the star duet will take place on September 15.
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