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Principals

Benjamin Freemantle

Benjamin Freemantle

Biography

  • Born

    New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

  • Training

    Caulfield School of Dance
    San Francisco Ballet School
    San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program

  • Company Membership

    Named an apprentice in 2014
    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2015
    Promoted to soloist in 2018

Benjamin Freemantle created a featured principal role in McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, a featured couples role in Rhoden’s LET’S BEGIN AT THE END, and pas de deux and ensemble roles in Wheeldon’s Bound To. In Millepied’s The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two, he created a corps de ballet role in the 1st section and danced a principal role in the 2nd section. He has danced featured or principal roles in Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (“Ghosts”); Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky); Robbins’ Fancy Free (pas de deux Sailor) and In the Night (1st pas de deux); Thatcher’s Manifesto (principal); Tomasson’s Haffner Symphony (soloist), Nutcracker (King of the Mice, Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, and Russian), The Sleeping Beauty (Suitors and Pas de Six/Cavaliers), andSwan Lake (Aristocrats, Spanish, and Russian); and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Fates).

His repertory includes Balanchine’s Coppélia, Diamonds, Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Theme and Variations; Bubeníček’s Fragile Vessels; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings and Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes; Possokhov’s Fusion, Magrittomania, Optimistic Tragedy, and Swimmer; Pita’s Salome; Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (Symphony #9); Robbins’ Glass Pieces and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Scarlett’s Frankenstein; Thatcher’s Ghost in the Machine; Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, The Fifth Season, On a Theme of Paganini, Prism, and Trio; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; and Wheeldon’s Rush.

Benjamin danced in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet in the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.

Q&A

What’s your biggest challenge as a dancer? Why?

Keeping yourself motivated. When you're in a school, you constantly have someone to tell you what you need to work on. In a company, it's really up to you to keep up.

What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?

Dancing Lensky in Onegin last season. Because it was my first year in the corps and it was a big opportunity--proud I didn't mess it up.

If I weren't a dancer I'd be...

A veterinarian.