Four kings who share the same queen
Four of the most prominent classical dancers on Western stages gather for “Kings of the Dance” this weekend at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. No Parisians or Cubans are on the roster, which immediately makes the event incomplete, but expect plenty of firepower from Angel Corella (American Ballet Theatre), Johan Kobborg (Royal Ballet), Ethan Stiefel (ABT) and Nikolai Tsiskaridze (the Bolshoi Ballet). These worthies are cast, singly and together, in five premieres, including Christopher Wheeldon’s “Pas de Quatre” (music by Schubert); a Stanton Welch work for Corella; Tim Rushton’s “Afternoon of a Faun” for Kobborg (Debussy); a work by Nils Christe for Stiefel (John Adams); and a Roland Petit piece for Tsiskaridze (music from Bizet’s “Carmen”). In addition, Royal Ballet star Alina Cojocaru will be the partner for each “king,” night by night, in the Flemming Flindt dance drama “The Lesson” (Delerue).
“Kings of the Dance,” Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 8 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $20 to $75. (714) 556-2787 or www.ocpac.org.