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Paul Craig in William Forsythe’s Artifact 2017
Photo by: Rosalie O’Connor
Paul Craig started his training with Deb Knight and Jefferson Baum at the Conservatory of Dance. He later received the Garold Gardner Scholarship to train at Virginia School of the Arts under the direction of Petrus Bosman and Tyrone Brooks. Before graduating, he was awarded the Virginia School of the Arts Merit Award and the Dean’s Award. In 2006, he trained in Boston Ballet School’s Trainee Program.
His Boston Ballet repertoire includes August Bournenville’s Pas de Six, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias (Gaston), Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot’s (adapted by Larissa Ponomarenko) Giselle (Hilarion), John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Paris, Tybalt) and Onegin (Prince Gremin), Ivan Liška’s Le Corsaire (Konrad), and Leonid Yakobson’s Vestris.
Craig has also enjoyed dancing an array of Neoclassical and Contemporary works including George Balanchine’s Chaconne, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Episodes, Divertimento No. 15, Symphony in Three Movements, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theme and Variations, and Four Temperaments, Jorma Elo’s Plan to B, Slice to Sharp, Double Evil, La Sacre Du Printemps, and Brake the Eyes, William Forsythe’s Artifact 2017, The Second Detail, Pas/Parts 2018, Blake Works, and Playlist (EP), Jiri Kylian’s Bella Figura, Wings of Wax, and Petit Mort, Wayne McGragor’s Chroma and Obsidian Tear, John Neumeier’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Justin Peck’s In Creases, Helen Pickett’s Tsukiyo, Petal, and Eventide, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and Interplay, Norbert Vesak’s Belong, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.
He has performed in Jacob’s Pillow, Tanglewood Music Festival, Cape Cod Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival, World Ballet Competition Gala (2011 and 2012), American Dance Competition Gala (2016), and performed internationally in Russia, South Korea, Spain, Germany, France, Finland, Mexico, England, and Canada. He is also a dancer with Cirio Collective, a Boston-based contemporary dance company.
Craig joined Boston Ballet II in 2007, was promoted to Corps de ballet in 2008, and to Second Soloist in 2014. He was promoted to Soloist during the 2015–2016 season and to Principal dancer in 2017.