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November 2, 2015

Principal Dancers Joan Boada and Pascal Molat to Retire from SF Ballet Following the 2015-16 Season

SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, November 2, 2015—San Francisco Ballet has announced that two long-term Principal Dancers, Joan Boada and Pascal Molat, will say their goodbyes to the Company following the 2015-16 Season. A Farewell Performance is planned toward the end of the season, with the date to be announced.

“Joan and Pascal are two exceptional artists who have given so much to the Company and our audiences over the years,” said SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. “I am grateful to each of them for all of their hard work and dedication and wish them the best of luck as they step into the next chapter of their lives—they will be missed.”

Boada, who hails from Cuba, trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba before dancing with a number of companies including the National Ballet of Cuba, Le Jeune Ballet, The Australian Ballet, and Royal Ballet of Flanders. In 1999, Boada joined SF Ballet as a principal dancer and during his tenure, he has performed a wide range of works by choreographers including Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, James Kudelka, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Liam Scarlett, Helgi Tomasson, and Christopher Wheeldon, among many others. In addition to having a number of roles created on him, Boada has also performed principal roles in many full-length productions including Romeo in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Prince Siegfried in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Basilio in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Aminta in Morris’ Sylvia, and Prince Gillaume in Wheeldon’s Cinderella. In 2003, he received the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble performance with Lorena Feijoo in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote.

Molat trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet School and danced with a number of companies in his native France, including Royal Ballet of Wallonie, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Ballets de Monte Carlo. Molat joined SF Ballet in 2002 as a soloist and was promoted to principal dancer a year later. During his career with SF Ballet, Molat has performed in ballets by a diverse array of choreographers including George Balanchine, John Cranko, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, John Neumeier, Paul Taylor, Helgi Tomasson, and Hans van Manen, among many others. Molat has had many roles created on him and performed principal roles in numerous full-length productions such as Mercutio in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Hilarion in Tomasson’s Giselle, the Poet in Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, Gremin in Cranko’s Onegin, and Aminta in Morris’ Sylvia. Molat has served as a guest faculty member with SF Ballet School and most recently, performed the role of Mercutio in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.

San Francisco Ballet
As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppélia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, the Company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. In 2005, San Francisco Ballet won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Dance” and in 2006, it was the first non-European company elected “Company of the Year” in Dance Europe magazine’s annual readers’ poll. In 2008, the Company marked its 75th anniversary with a host of initiatives including an ambitious New Works Festival. In October 2013, the Company performed at New York’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, where The New York Times declared SF Ballet “a national treasure.” 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Helgi Tomasson’s tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet.

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