From the sublime to the kick-ass, 2000 was a great year for dance.
1.White Oak Dance Projects PASTForward. A reminder that the uninflected actions of our daily living can resonate with grace.
2. Rennie Harris Puremovements Rome & Jewels. Saturated in sound and energy, this hip-hop Gesamtkunstwerk pointed toward a new generation of art-dance influenced by club and street culture.
3. Hirokazu Kosakas Silk Road. Flamenco dancing and chanting Buddhist priests created what can only be described as an ecstatic experience.
4. Victoria Marks new choreography (in January and July). Combined intelligence, wit and tenderness to question the nature of performance and how we love.
5. Tamica Washington-Miller (in Donald McKayles Angelitos Negro). Hands down, one of the most profound performances not only of the year, but of a lifetime.
6. Merce Cunninghams Biped. Stretching the art form with stage-size digital images projected amid the dancers.
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7. Bill T. Jones The Breathing Show. Reflections on mortality from a master showman.
8. Shel Wagners Pass. An amazing site-specific performance, with an innovative narrative structure and high-stakes partnering.
9. Stephanie Gillilands Soon. An hourlong, nonstop medi tation that meshed the sensual with the contemplative.
10. Neil Greenbergs This Is What Happened. Cinematic conventions upended perceptions and created character in a spare, refined style.