Principal Character Dancer
Associate Director, Trainee Program
Paris Opera Ballet School
Joined the Company as a Soloist in 2002
Promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003
Named Principal Character Dancer in 2023
Born in Paris, Pascal Molat trained at Paris Opera 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’s repertory includes principal and featured roles in Don Quixote, Sylvia, Romeo & Juliet, Onegin, Giselle, and The Little Mermaid, among others. He created principal roles in Jorma Elo’s Double Evil; Wayne McGregor’s Borderlands; Mark Morris’ Beaux and Joyride; Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU, Firebird, Reflections, Study in Motion, and Swimmer; Helgi Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso, Blue Rose, and 7 for Eight; Christopher Wheeldon’s Number Nine and Rush; Alexi Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands; Paul Taylor’s Spring Round; and Renato Zanella’s Underskin. Molat has also danced in works choreographed by Ashton, Balanchine, Béjart, Bintley, Fokine, Forsythe, Kylián, MacMillan, Maillot, Robbins, Tudor, and Van Manen.
In 2015, Molat danced the role of Mercutio in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. After retiring from the Company in 2016, he joined the SF Ballet School Faculty and joined SF Ballet as a principal character dancer for the 2023-24 Season.