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Joan Boada and Pascal Molat to Retire

San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancers Will Hang Up Their Dance Shoes at the End of This Season

SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, November 2, 2015—San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancers Joan Boada and Pascal Molat have announced they plan to retire after the curtain comes down on the 2015-2016 season. Both dancers are long-term members of the San Francisco Ballet. Boada joined the Company as a Principal Dancer in 1999, Molat as a Soloist in 2002.

Joan BoadaWhile with San Francisco Ballet, Boada 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.

A native of Cuba, Boada trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba before dancing with the National Ballet of Cuba, Le Jeune Ballet, The Australian Ballet, and Royal Ballet of Flanders. Boada has 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. He was awarded the 2003 Isadora Duncan Dance Award in 2003 for Best Ensemble performance with Lorena Feijoo in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote.

From France, Molat trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet School and danced with a number of companies, such as Royal Ballet of Wallonie, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Ballets de Monte Carlo. At San Francisco Ballet he was promoted from Soloist to Principal Dancer in 2003. He has performed in ballets by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne McGregor, John Neumeier, Paul Taylor, Helgi Tomasson, and Hans van Manen, and many others.

Pascal Molat

Molat's numerous roles have included 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. He has also been a guest faculty member with San Francisco Ballet School. Recently, he 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.

San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson said, “Joan and Pascal are two exceptional artists who have given so much to the Company and our audiences over the years. 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.”

San Francisco Ballet will schedule a farewell performance for Boada and Molat at the end of the season.


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