Pascal Molat (© Chris Hardy)
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 performed such principal and featured roles as 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. He created principal roles in Elo’s Double Evil; McGregor’s Borderlands; Morris’ Beaux and Joyride; Possokhov’s Diving into the Lilacs, RAkU (Monk), Reflections, Study in Motion, and Swimmer; 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.
Molat’s repertory also includes Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Agon, Ballo della Regina, “Emeralds,” The Four Temperaments, “Rubies,” Symphony in C, 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; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, A Garden, Maelstrom, and Sandpaper Ballet; Possokhov’s Firebird (Kaschei) and Magrittomania; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, From Foreign Lands, Russian Seasons, and Shostakovich Trilogy (Symphony #9); Robbins’ The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, Dybbuk, Fancy Free, and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Scarlett’s Hummingbird; 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 danced 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. He performed in The Tosca Project with American Conservatory Theater in 2010. As a guest artist, he 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 Prix de Lausanne’s closing ceremony in 1999; at a Houston Ballet gala in 1998; and at a gala in Bordeaux with Paris Opéra Ballet in 1997. He is a guest faculty member at San Francisco Ballet School.
Molat received the gold medal and Special Jury Prize at the International Mediterranean Competition in 1994.