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

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

Louise Lecavalier: So Blue

At 55, superstar performer Louise Lecavalier remains a dynamo of a dancer. With her first choreography, she seems to be searching for a window onto a wider world

From Queen to Little Mix: what dancers groove to in their downtime

What music do professional dancers dance to – just for fun? Tamara Rojo, Eric Underwood, Akram Khan, Louise Lecavalier, Paul White and others tell us what they put on when they're off duty.

The dynamics of displacement: who were the bar girls?

Interview with Anna Morcom about her book Illicit Worlds of Indian dance, on courtesans, bar girls and transgender performers

Hetain Patel: American Boy

Character karaoke and film-clip Frankenstein: a Bolton brown boy's encounter with superheroes becomes a most excellent adventure

Wendy Houstoun: Pact with Pointlessness

Death, life… stuff. A low-key, witty and wise performance that is about something and nothing all at once