Jaime Garcia Castilla
Jaime Garcia Castilla (© David Allen)
Named Apprentice in 2001. Joined in 2002. Promoted to Soloist in 2006, to Principal Dancer in 2008.
Jaime Garcia Castilla was born in Madrid, Spain, and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance. He was named an apprentice at San Francisco Ballet in 2001, joined the Company as a corps de ballet member the following year. He was promoted to soloist in 2006 and to principal dancer in 2008.
Garcia Castilla has created roles in Elo’s Double Evil; McGregor’s Borderlands; Morris’ Beaux, Joyride, and Sylvia; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Fusion; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour. He has performed principal and featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle, Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince and King of the Snow), Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio), The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Chi-Lin, and Trio; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky); Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid (Sea Witch); Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and Symphony in C; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands; Robbins’ In the Night; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella and Rush.
Garcia Castilla’s repertory also includes Ashton’s Monotones I and Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s “Diamonds,” The Four Temperaments, “Rubies,” Serenade, Square Dance, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in Three Movements, Theme and Variations, and Who Cares?; Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Kudelka’s Dreams of Harmony; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; McGregor’s Eden/Eden and Chroma; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Maelstrom, and Sandpaper Ballet; Possokhov’s Damned and Reflections; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Dybbuk, Fanfare, Glass Pieces, and West Side Story Suite; Taylor’s Spring Rounds; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight and On a Theme of Paganini; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Number Nine, and Quaternary.
Garcia Castilla’s honors include the People’s Prize and first prize at the International Competition in Zaragoza, Spain in 1998, and the Prize of Excellence and Contemporary Dance Prize at the Prix de Lausanne in 2001. As a guest artist, he performed at “Ballet Stars From San Francisco,” the Lively Arts Foundation Gala in Fresno, California, in 2012; at the “Pas de Deux” Gala in Valladolid, Spain, in 2011 and 2012; and he danced Flames of Paris and “The Ocean and Two Pearls” from The Humpbacked Horse in Osaka, Japan, in 2006.