Principal Dancers

Rubén Martín Cintas

Rubén Martín Cintas

Rubén Martín Cintas (© Chris Hardy)

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Reus, Spain

Company Membership:

Joined in 2000. Promoted to Soloist in 2003, to Principal Dancer in 2006. Named principal character dancer in 2014.

Ruben Martin Cintas was born in Reus, Spain, and trained at Escuela Municipal de Danza and Estudio de Danza de Maria de Avila. After dancing with English National Ballet, he joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2000. He was promoted to soloist in 2003 and to principal dancer in 2006. Named principal character dancer in 2014.

Among Martin Cintas’ major roles are Albrecht in Tomasson’s Giselle, Nutcracker Prince and King of the Snow in Tomasson’s Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, and Onegin in Cranko’s Onegin. He has danced principal or featured roles in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote The Sleeping Beauty, The Fifth Season, Nanna’s Lied, and Trio; Adam’s A rose by any other name and imaginal disc; Ashton’s Monotones I; Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, “Diamonds,” “Emeralds,” The Four Temperaments, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, and Who Cares?; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House; Elo’s Double Evil; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and in the middle, somewhat elevated; Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck; de Mille’s Rodeo; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Possokhov’s Firebird and Fusion; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux and Russian Seasons; Robbins’ In the Night, Fancy Free, West Side Story Suite, Dybbuk, and Afternoon of a Faun; Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas; Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Ghosts, Number Nine, Polyphonia, Rush, and Quaternary; and Welch’s Naked. He created roles in Morris’ Beaux and Welch’s Tu Tu.

His repertory includes Adam’s Angelo and Night; Caniparoli’s Connotations and Death of a Moth; Lubovitch’s Othello; Morris’ A Garden, Joyride, Pacific, Sandpaper Ballet, and Sylvia; Petit’s L’Arlesienne; Possokhov’s Damned, Magrittomania, and Study in Motion; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Blue Rose, Chi-Lin, On Common Ground, Prism, Silver Ladders, and Sonata; and Wheeldon’s Continuum, There Where She Loved, and Within the Golden Hour.

As a guest artist, Martin Cintas has performed Albrecht in Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle at The National Ballet of Canada in 2009; at the International Stars Gala in honor of Carlos Acosta in Valencia, Spain, in 2008; with Mateo Klemmayer and other SF Ballet dancers in six cities in Europe in 2008; Prince Siegfried in Christopher Stowell’s Swan Lake with Oregon Ballet Theatre in 2006; and at an international gala in the “Teatro Real of Madrid” in 2004. He was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Robbins’ Glass Pieces during the 2006 Repertory Season. In 1995 he placed second at Lucienne Lamballe International Ballet Competition. He has guest taught for SF Ballet School, Smuin Ballet, and Marin Ballet.


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