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

Shobana Jeyasingh: my love-hate relationship with La Bayadère

Temple dancers, balletic fantasy, a French dance critic and the Romantic imagination… pieces of a puzzle that Shobana Jeyasingh puts together in her new work Bayadère - The Ninth Life

Shahin Novrasli, Akram Khan: The Pursuit of Now

An Azeri jazz combo and dancers combining kathak, contemporary and hip-hop… would the ingredients cook or crumble?

Yorke Dance Project

Fine dancers bring together a mix of old and new in a tautly programmed evening

Rasta Thomas's Romeo and Juliet

A Romeo and Juliet that is, BTW, both OMG! and WTF?, IMHO… so there!

Resolution 2015: picks

Personal highlights from this year's Resolution! season of new dance at The Place

Ballet Nacional de España

Elegantly schooled dancers are great to watch but need better choreographic material (though their costume material is just fine)

1898 (Hubert Essakow, Kirill Burlov, Tamarin Stott, Mbulelo Ndabeni)

A portmanteau evening: Bye-bye Bernhardt, hello demon drink, too much information and inexplicable exoticism

Marguerite Galizia, Joel O'Donoghue & Pete Yelding, Protocol Dance Company

Brainy bewilderment, dipping-bird mysticism, and masculine hysterics

Mountain Tsunami, Yukiko Masui, Sean Graham

Blue-moon electrification, unfathomable mysticism, and broadside swipes with stereotypes

Jan Lee & Tim Murray-Browne, Katarse Ensemble, A&R Dance Company

Self-referential feedback loops, plastic flotsam, and stitches in sound and motion