The San Francisco Chronicle
This 1966 version of "Raymonda" also interpolates three solos from the first and second acts of the ballet that were new to San Francisco Ballet's stage. In the first, Van Patten gave charm to a controlled series of releves on pointe, while in the second Chung hurtled confidently through light jumps, and in the third, Zahorian took on fiendishly difficult turns and balances with aplomb. In the opening czardas, led capably by Elana Altman and Pierre-Francois Vilanoba, energy was high, although throughout the ballet, deeper epaulement and use of the upper back would have given that much more Hungarian style to the proceedings.
The California Literary Review
The colorations of the three pieces made it seem as if a genie-in-a-bottle stagehand had encircled San Francisco Ballet’s Program 5 in a mood ring.
A brushfire of a work, Symphonic Dances, Edward Liang’s first commission for the company to Sergei Rachmaninov’s work by the same name, ignites with fiery bandeau-georgettes (the women) and shorts and tanks in the same color (the men). Two parallel lines reach from downstage to up, as male and female dancers angle into a copse-like snow break, from which they roll out as partners into expansive duets.....