The rich offerings of 2014 afforded both imaginative premieres and revivals, chief among them Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's presentation of four penetrating early works, to show how dance is rejuvenated with and for each generation. Xavier Le Roy's Retrospective at MoMA PS1 (still running through December 1) expands the notion of choreography with live and recorded movement, dancers' personal stories and an installation.
Which brings us to the top two. As Merce Cunningham famously put it, "You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive. It is not for unsteady souls." Dance requires devotion. After walking out of Savion Glover's trenchant homage to the masters of tap, in which he danced nonstop without acknowledging the crowd, the first thing I thought of was Sarah Michelson and her emphatic devotion series: These two, singular choreographers are in conversation. Both are in the service of dance; just as they honor dance history, they are becoming it.
RECOMMENDED: Best of 2014