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 600 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, Dancing Times, Pulse, londondance.com 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.

What is ‘One to watch’?

An occasional series where I feature some online video clips that I think are worth watching.

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.


Recently published

Estela Merlos, Joan Clevillé, Jayne Port

The cusp between schematic and dramatic, phantom menaces, and snappy skits

A range of movement

Commentary and context to the Prakriti Foundation Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards (PECDA) Chennai, India, November 2014

Jasmin Vardimon Company: Park

A ragbag of a piece packed with an assortment of hits and misses

Ludovic Ondiviela: Cassandra

A curiously hollow new ballet by Ludovic Ondiviela on the theme of madness

What does contemporary dance have in common with science?

Order and organisation: some connections between science and choreography. A programme note for Rambert dance company

Wilton's Strike! Dance Festival

The new Strike! dance festival at Wilton's Music Hall has its highs and lows, but the venue casts a spell of its own

Sampling the Myth

Myth-takes: flames and feathers feature strongly in a sampler of dance based on myths.

Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature

"Going modern" is no easy option as a career move for retiring classical dancers, as a quartet of duets for Wendy Whelan shows

Carlos Acosta: Cubanía

Carlos Acosta's mixed bill is typically mixed: from the electrifying to the humdrum to the hokey

Rosemary Lee: Under the Vaulted Sky

A dance full of fragile magic that taps the spirit of a place – Milton Keynes' wondrous Cathedral of Trees