Teaching at SAB, 2018; © Rosalie O'Connor
Performing with New York City Ballet in DANCES AT A GATHERING; © Paul Kolnik
Born in Zaragoza, Spain, Gonzalo Garcia began studying ballet at the age of eight at Conservatorio Superior de Danza "María de Ávila". In 1995, he attended the summer session at San Francisco Ballet School, and later that year, at the age of 15, Mr. Garcia becoming the youngest dancer in history to receive a gold medal at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition. He subsequently returned to San Francisco Ballet School to resume his studies and was selected by Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet, to perform in a world premiere ballet created especially for the 1996 Spring Student Showcase. Mr. Garcia joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in March 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to soloist, and in 2002 to principal dancer. Mr. Garcia was invited to perform Balanchine's Ballo della Regina with New York City Ballet as part of the Company's Balanchine Centennial Celebration in 2004. Mr. Garcia joined New York City Ballet in October 2007 as a principal dancer.
At San Francisco Ballet, Mr. Garcia’s featured roles included Balanchine's Apollo, The Four Temperaments, Jewels (“Rubies”), Prodigal Son, Square Dance, Symphony in C, Tarantella, and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux; William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering, Dybbuk, Fanfare, Glass Pieces, and Other Dances; Helgi Tomasson's Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird, Pas de Six), Swan Lake, and Mr. Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote; and Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia and There Where She Loved. In addition, Mr. Garcia created the roles of Nutcracker Prince in Mr. Tomasson's Nutcracker and Aminta in Mark Morris's Sylvia, and originated a role in Mr. Wheeldon's Continuum.
At New York City Ballet, Mr. Garcia’s repertoire includes principals roles in Balanchine’s Brahms/Schoenberg Quartet, Coppélia, Danses Concertantes, Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée', Donizetti Variations, Harlequinade, A Midsummer Night's Dream, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Prodigal Son, Jewels ("Rubies"), Sonatine, La Source, Symphony in C, Tarantella, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Union Jack, and Vienna Waltzes. He has also performed leading roles in Jerome Robins’s Andantino, Brandenburg, Dances at a Gathering, Four Bagatelles, The Goldberg Variations, Opus 19, and Other Dances; in Peter Martins’s A Fool for You, Hallelujah Junction, Naïve and Sentimental Music, Romeo + Juliet (Tybalt), The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake; in Mauro Vigonzetti’s Vespro; in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, Mercurial Manoeuvres, and Polyphonia; and in Justin Peck’s Everywhere We Go.
Mr. Garcia has originated featured roles at NYCB in ballets by Justin Peck (The Decalogue, The Most Incredible Thing), Pulcinella Variations, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes), Peter Martins (Bal de Couture, Grazioso), Mauro Bigonzetti (Luce Nascosta); Alexei Ratmansky (Concerto DSCH, Pictures at an Exhibition), Robert Binet (The Blue of Distance), Pontus Lidberg (The Shimmering Asphalt), Wayne McGregor (Outlier), and Christopher Wheeldon (Les Carillons).
Mr. Garcia began guest teaching at the School of American Ballet during the 2017-18 Winter Term and joined SAB’s permanent faculty in September 2018.