Seasoned dance-goers may roll their eyes over the hyped-up title "Kings of the Dance," but the idea behind the program dreamed up by American Ballet Theatre colleagues Ethan Stiefel and Angel Corella and produced by Sergei Danilian is a laudible one. Four male dancers at the top of their form (Corella, Stiefel, Johann Kobborg, and Nikolay Tsiskaridze) are showcased—not in the flashy gems of the classical repertory, but in new or unfamiliar works that challenge them both physically and expressively. The more typical applause-machine solos are performed in practice clothes in the film that begins the evening, intercut with interviews, rehearsal footage, and informal sequences shot around California's Orange County Performing Arts Center, where the program was put... More >>>