The Evening Standard
We want feisty American verve and pinpoint precision; we get laid-back Californian niceness. This is not a matchy matchy troupe but a company of individuals and they just need the right choreography to dazzle — the molten muscled Daniel Deivison-Oliveira, in particular, I'd like to see let loose. Still, there's more to come, with two further programmes featuring more Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Ashley Page and more. Stay tuned.
....Sadler's Wells kicks off its autumn 2012 season with a two-week, three-programme visit from San Francisco Ballet. Not seen in London since 2004, the company is one of America's premier troupes, and on the evidence of the first mixed bill it is in fine shape.
Many ballet companies struggle to stage new works. For San Francisco Ballet, it looks like a breeze: they're dancing eight in this London season, spread across a generous three programmes. Two nights in, you can see a clear company style. The dancing is expansive and open, with vivid personality from the many soloists.
It is such qualities, cultivated by artistic director Helgi Tomasson, that make this long-established but youthfully populated company, punch well above its weight in the world of dance. The three ambitiously mixed bills of work they are presenting in this short Sadler’s Wells season are a chance, therefore, both to enjoy their skill — and understand how very hard it is to find short ballets entirely worthy of it.