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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, 2013–2014

  • SAN FRANCISCO BALLET

    Named an apprentice in 2014
    Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2015
    Promoted to soloist in 2018
    Promoted to principal dancer in 2019

Tomasson

Concerto Grosso (Principals)

Don Quixote (Toreadors, Townspeople, Gypsies, and Fandango)

The Fifth Season

Giselle (Peasants)

Haffner Symphony

Nutcracker (Party Guests, Jack-in-the-Box, King of the Mice, Nutcracker Prince, King of the Snow, Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, and Russian)

On a Theme of Paganini

Prism

Romeo & Juliet (Paris, Capulet Men, Montague Men, and Citizens of Verona)

The Sleeping Beauty (Cavaliers, The Mongolian Prince, Suitors, Pas de Six/Cavaliers, and Act III pas de deux)

Swan Lake (Aristocrats, Peasants, Spanish, Czardas corps, and Russian)

Trio

 

Balanchine

Agon (Pas de trois)

Coppélia (Villagers, Grooms, and War and Discord corps)

Diamonds

Divertimento No. 15 (Allegro and Theme)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander)

Prodigal Son

Scotch Symphony

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Theme and Variations

 

Bubeníček

Fragile Vessels

 

Caniparoli

Ibsen’s House (Captain Alving/Oswald Alving in “Ghosts”)

Lambarena

 

Cranko

Onegin (Lensky and corps)

 

Forsythe

Pas/Parts 2016

 

Lander

Etudes (excerpt) (Gentlemen and Pas de Deux Man)

 

McIntyre

The Big Hunger (originated)

Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem (originated) (Lead principal man)

 

Millepied

Appassionata  

The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two (originated)

 

Morris

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes

Sandpaper Ballet (Pas de deux)

 

Neumeier

The Little Mermaid (The Sea Witch and Magic Shadows)

 

Peck

In the Countenance of Kings

Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

 

Pita

Salome (Guards)

 

Possokhov

Fusion

Magrittomania

Optimistic Tragedy (Eight Sailors)

Swimmer

“… two united in a single soul…”

 

Ratmansky

Symphony #9 in Shostakovich Trilogy (Angel and corps)

 

Rhoden

LET’S BEGIN AT THE END (originated)

 

Robbins

Fancy Free (Pas de deux Sailor)

Glass Pieces

In the Night (1st pas de deux)

Opus 19/The Dreamer

 

Scarlett

Frankenstein 

Die Toteninsel (originated)

 

Thatcher

05:49 (originated)

Ghost in the Machine

Manifesto

 

Welch

Bespoke

 

Wheeldon

Bound To (originated)

Cinderella (Fates, Winter corps, Spirit of Summer/Generosity soloist, and Courtiers)

Rush

 

Dance Films

Dance of Dreams (dir. Benjamin Millepied, 2020) (Principal – Pas de deux)

  • Named Dance Magazine “25 To Watch,” 2018.
  • 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.