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When the edition of the source publication is no longer current.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

Exim Dance Company, LAM Dance Company, Backspace Collective

The non-appearance of coherence, romantic impossibility and earthly need, and nonsense that becomes complete sense

M Contemporary Dance Theatre, Konstantina Skalionta, Friction Dance Theatre

Cocktail dresses, protruding padding, bandages and skin-wraps: who’s wearing who?

Jack Philp Company, Pirenaika Dance, Spoken Movement

Sound and motion wrapped in film, Mozart and (maybe) Madrid, and the unspoken zone of the father

Crystal Zillwood, Traceworks, Sarah Louise Kristiansen

The biped animal, goofball wobbles and the laboured apples of lost love

Stage to page: a guide to dance reviewing and writing

Want to write about dance? Then write. Want to read about how to write about it? Then read on.

Planet Dance: a visitor’s guide to contemporary dance

All the episodes of the film animation "Planet Dance: a visitor's guide to contemporary dance"

Aakash Odedra: Murmur 2.0

Curtains, birds, a blizzard of paper and a double-A… dance and animation combine in a piece about Aakash Odedra's dyslexia

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