Pascal Molat (© David Allen)
Joined as a Soloist in 2002. Promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003.
A native of Paris, France, Pascal Molat trained at Paris Opéra Ballet School and danced with Royal Ballet of Flanders and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo before joining San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2002. He was promoted to principal dancer the following year.
Molat has created many roles in works such as Elo’s Double Evil; McGregor’s Borderlands; Morris’ Beaux and Joyride; Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, RAkU (Monk), Reflections, and Study in Motion; Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso, Blue Rose, and On a Theme of Paganini; Welch’s Naked; Wheeldon’s Number Nine; and Zanella’s Underskin, among others. He has performed featured roles in many full-length ballets, including Hilarion in Tomasson’s Giselle, King of the Snow in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, Mercutio in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Sancho Panza in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Gremin in Cranko’s Onegin, Aminta in Morris’ Sylvia, and The Poet in Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid.
Molat’s repertory also includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Ballo Della Regina, Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, “Emeralds,” “Rubies,” and Tarantella; Bintley’s The Dance House; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Fokine’s Petrouchka; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, and in the middle, somewhat elevated; Garnier’s Aunis; Kudelka’s Dreams of Harmony; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; van Manen’s Grosse Fuge and Solo; McGregor’s Chroma and Eden/Eden; Possokhov’s Firebird (Kaschei) and Magrittomania; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, From Foreign Lands, and Russian Seasons; Robbins’ The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, Dybbuk, Fancy Free, and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Taylor’s Company B and Spring Rounds; Tomasson’s Swan Lake; Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas; Welch’s Falling; and Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, Rush, and Within the Golden Hour.
Molat performed in The Tosca Project with American Conservatory Theater in 2010. As a guest artist, he has performed at the Montpellier International Dance Festival in 2002; in Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette at the Grand Theater of Geneva and the Alto Theater in Essen in 2001; with Tokyo Tsuruta Ballet Arts in 2000–2001; at the closing ceremony for the Prix de Lausanne in 1999; at a gala with Houston Ballet in 1998; and at a gala in Bordeaux with Paris Opéra Ballet in 1997. He received the gold medal and a special jury’s prize at the International Mediterranean Competition in 1994.