The program was beautiful. Last year, the program consisted of 3 distinct pieces with a theme that was beautifully conveyed through the music and choreography. It included the entire range - from the company to the soloists - without breaking the continuity of the pieces. The downside of this is if you're not into the theme, but when it's great it's *great* Last year, I heard/saw "Within the Golden Hour" and I started crying within the first section of the piece. It was like the moment I first heard Max Richter, such surreal beauty that you think you could die with fulfillment.
I've gone to quite a few ballets since that night (and before) and I will say that the way the SF Ballet chose to organize this year's program catered to the short attention span of the SF startupper. While you're not commitment to a piece that wasn't quite doing it, you also miss the chance to fall in love with the stuff that's really working. There were 6 pieces that really stood out last night, bu it's not as clear because there wasn't enough time for me to get attached to each section.
I am so proud SF Ballet community! If you haven't yet seen them perform, get a taste on YouTube and come out for the season. It's magical. If you don't have time, you can also check out amazing photos like the one above, taken by a rising star in the company and stunning photographer, Quinn Wharton.