ABT’s Male Eloquence

American Ballet Theatre has some great male dancers these days. But none act as well as Marcelo Gomes. “The danseur (male ballet dancer) often treats parts of his body as means to an end. We notice the legs, for example, only insofar as they propel him into the air, or around and around. Gomes’ legs – like his arms, his hips, his neck – speak with the eloquence of a ballerina’s, though at a masculine pitch.”