The New York Times considers the Dutch National Ballet to be amongst the best five ballet companies.
'It’s expensive to produce new ballets. There are few remarkable ballet choreographers to make them. The outcome is uncertain. Mixed repertory programs don’t sell well. What audiences really want — and will pay for — are full-length story ballets, preferably Swan Lake or The Nutcracker.
So goes the refrain among a great number of North American ballet companies when talk turns to the scarcity of new works or ballet’s imminent demise. (It’s always terminal, apparently.)
And then there is San Francisco Ballet, where several premieres happen every season, the repertory is packed with pieces created in recent years, and houses are reliably full. Under the leadership of Helgi Tomasson, the company has become one of the world’s most important vehicles for new ballet choreography, rivaled only in the United States by New York City Ballet, and in Europe by the Stuttgart Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet.'
New York Times, Roslyn Sulcas, 14 October 2013