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 650 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

Musée de la danse at Tate Modern

Live art, alive art – a breathing, human archive of modern dance transforms a modern art museum

Northern Ballet Theatre: mixed bill

Angels, monsters, Yorkshire pudding and space disco – all in the range of Northern Ballet Theatre

BBC Young Dancer 2015

Hard to judge, easy to appreciate: the final of the inaugural BBC Young Dancer competition

Breakin' Convention 2015

Noise, style, stunts and twins - all part of the Breakin' Convention 2015 package

Aerowaves 2015 – English first, English second

Dance writing is hard – and much more so in your second language.

Aerowaves 2015 – Edhem Jesenkovic: M.E.N.

Capitalised. Declamatory. Male. The title says it all.

Aerowaves 2015 – Luís Guerra: FOG

On the cusp between trance and tedium: clear means, cloudy meanings

Aerowaves 2015 – BOD.Y: BAKKHEIA – dancing on the edge

A troika of Slovak dancers who are really into rhythmic repetition

Aerowaves 2015 – Euripides Laskaridis: Relic

WTF? Is this a transvestite tumorous poodle-person-performer hybrid? What the hell – it kind of is!

Aerowaves 2015 – Alexander Deutinger & Alexander Gottfarb: Chivalry is Dead

Our knights in shining armour: a bit Monty Python, a bit Rocky, a bit…