Welcome to my catalogue of   writing on danceetc
– a searchable, referenced, linked-up and pretty much complete collection of my writing on dance (+ a bit more), dating back to 1994. See the FAQs below for general info. Alternatively: just dive in – there are more than 660 articles to rootle around.

Who is Sanjoy Roy?

I’ve been writing on dance since 1994, for various publications including the Guardian since 2002, and others such as Dance Gazette, Dance International, Dancing Times and others. For more about me, click here.

How do I get round the site?

The top menu is the context, the menu below is the writing archive. Apart from the menu and search bar, you can also sort the archive by date, category, tag, publication or place – just click the relevant links on the page. All writings are referenced and linked (where possible) either to the original online text or to the publisher’s site. For more info, see this post.

When do articles appear here?

When the edition of the source publication is no longer current. For a daily, within a week. For a monthly, after a month. For programme notes, after the end of the tour.

What are ‘Step by Step Guides’?

User-friendly profiles of companies and choreographers designed to get you up to speed on the subject, pronto. Published in the Guardian from 2008 to 2011.

What is ‘Resolution review’?

Reviews for the The Place Theatre’s annual Resolution! season of work by choreographic newbies.

Why are there no star ratings?

My site = my choice. I think star ratings are not just inadequate but pernicious. They encourage a checkbox, rank-o-phile (is that a word?) mentality, and sap the life from both the text and your brain.

Is this archive complete?

Not quite. The early years in particular are a bit patchy. But it’s pretty much all here.

Can I comment on the articles?

Yes. There’s a comment form at the end of each article (apart from Step by Step Guides). For general comments, use Guestbook. For an overview of comments and viewing across the whole site, see You.

Can I re-use your text elsewhere?

You are able to, but I’m asking you please no, it isn’t right, it isn’t fair… ;) For anything more than a short quote, please link to the source page. Always credit and reference in full in any case. I thank you already.

Where are all the pretty pics?

The site is about writing, so the focus is on text. Maybe I’ll add more pics later. Maybe I won’t.


Latest articles

Tavaziva: Africarmen

The story of Carmen transposed to Africa. Dynamite dancers, but the detonation is all on the surface.

Sasha Waltz & Guests, triple bill

Thoughtful musicality and forceful physicality in an evening that promises just a little more than it delivers

"Mainstream to many streams" - talk at Keðja, Hammerfest, Norway

A talk on diversification in contemporary dance, at the annual meeting of Keðja (the Nordic-Baltic dance network), on Saturday 7 November 2015

Out of India: Modern Moves

Very different faces of contemporary dance from three Indian choreographers

Fears and frustrations of modern India told through dance

Contemporary dance as an approach taken by three very different Indian choreographers

Idan Sharabi / Claire Cunningham

Two contrasting performances that withhold as much as they express

Lea Anderson: Ladies & Gentlemen

A magic window onto a surreal world turns bathos into pathos

Hofesh Shechter: Barbarians trilogy

The Barbarians trilogy goes inside the Hof-head.

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Strange Blooms, Material Men

Plant life as you don't know it, and an abstract arc traced from root to re-encounter

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The Trocks’ disarming blend of tribute and parody: a drag act that is just as often played straight