Two slightly different reviews of Sylvia:
`Sylvia' lives partly by its principals
Lewis Segal, LA Times
However, "Sylvia" made lots of people happy in Segerstrom Hall on Friday, despite an overload of technically ragged and stylistically crude dancing from the Ballet Theatre corps. For starters, its period designs by Robin and Christopher Ironside (supplemented with contributions by Peter Farmer) made it look like a traditional, sumptuous 19th century classic (though, of course, it isn't).
Maybe so, but the combination of minor Ashton and major Delibes does give star dancers a number of glittering opportunities, and the Friday principals certainly seized them skillfully.more
Footwork grounds 'Sylvia'
Laura Bleiberg, Orange County Register
The corps de ballet and solo parts were hit-and-miss. Those Fauns and Naiads had those fidgety, squirrel-like moves just right at the ballet's opening. The overall Ashton style, though, was rough. When the company did his "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the center a few years back, everyone was rehearsed to a T. Not so this time. Landings were clunky, and there were some near collisions when the stage was full.more