And then, some of the best works of the year were unclassifiable. Summer Stages Dance brought Eiko and Koma, with pianist Margaret Leng Tan, for a performance of Mourning at Concord Academy. The Japanese-American duo drew us into an intense visual and visceral universe where the boundaries separating beasts and vegetation, life and death, intelligence, windstorm, and terror, can no longer be detected.

And in June the Mark Morris Dance Group and Emmanuel Music staged a revival of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Cutler Majestic. In his modern but strangely congenial interpretation of the great Baroque opera, Morris set the characters in formal motion, with the tragic heroine Dido and the malevolent Sorceress who brings about her downfall played by the same dancer. Amber Darragh was superb in both roles.

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