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When the edition of the source publication is no longer current.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

Paco Peña: Patrias

Captivating flamenco music and dance bogged down by poetry and drama, in Paco Peña's tribute to Federico García Lorca

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Work/Travail/Arbeid

A transposition, a transfiguration, a transfusion - Anne Teresa De Keermaeker's Work/Travail/Arbeid at the Tate Modern

Venice Biennale Danza 2016: part 2

Part 2 of a review of the 2016 Venice Dance Biennale

Venice Biennale Danza 2016: part 1

The first of two reviews from the Venice 2016 Dance Biennale

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance in Venice

A site-specific commission at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, by Shobana Jeyasingh

Drew McOnie: Jekyll and Hyde

A Jekyll and Hyde production. And I feel… ambivalent

Subject–verb: on solos and sentences

On subject, action and number in dance, and in writing about dance

Pina Bausch Como el musguito, Mark Bruce The Odyssey

Pina Bausch's last work is surprisingly gallant; Mark Bruce's The Odyssey, characteristically brooding

Breakin' Convention 2016

Goofball stunts, plenty of militarism, hula hoop tricks and a nightmarish drama - all part of the annual hip hop dance festival

A frisson of the forbidden: dance and horror

Is dance horror a Thing? I peek through my fingers at stage and screen to try and find out.