During the festival, That We May Live was acclaimed by the with New York critic Anatole Chujoy writing, "The choreographers ... succeeded in giving their work a great emotional impact and avoided at the same time any undue sentimentality." He added that the work "contained many beautifully conceived dance passages as well as action scenes." While many critics appreciated the serious content of the work, especially among so many, CBC radio's Eric McLean stated on the programme Critically Speaking, "I don't believe either ballet or music are the mediums[sic] for social comment ..."