writing on dance
Welcome to my catalogue of writing on dance – a searchable, referenced, linked-up and pretty much complete collection of more than 750 of my published writings on dance (+ a bit more), dating back to 1994. Feel free to jump in.
Latest published articles on the archive
Adventures in time at Darbar Festival's first sortie into Indian classical dance
Eye-scorching colours and K-pop attitudes, but to what end?
A trio of works staged in striking industrial settings blur the roles of dancer and audience – and raise compelling questions about the nature of performance
London early summer 2017, roundup for Dance International magazine
The sound of Mahler and the sight of dead horses.
Inside Horror: backstage stories from Jakop Ahlbom's company
Sensorial and sensitive, Theo Clinkard's This Bright Field is both almost brilliant and overly fragile.
The Royal Ballet and its outliers: a fascinating but over-egged dance-opera, a jaw-droppingly delusional space-ballet, and a classy, unclassical closer.
Virtuosity commanded the stage in the first half, drama and mood in the second, with Liam Scarlett's new ballet a fitting tribute to the retiring Zenaida Yanowsky
The audience become both the players and the played in an underdeveloped ritual of transformation
My randomly changing picks from the archive
On subject, action and number in dance, and in writing about dance
The almost bewildering multiplicity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's work comes from personal history, and a vision of choreography as a social art
Thirty years on, the spirit of prog rock is alive and well and living in Tom Dale
Astonishing, unclassifiable work of dance theatre about an unrepresentable subject
A beautifully designed book, with typography and imagery that reflect Butcher's own dancework
Wuzz-up, booty-bounce, rock-on-rock-on – on dancing Thriller and getting in touch with my inner zombie
The weird appeal of Glee, plus my top 10 season 1 numbers, and a look at a real-life Glee club
Character karaoke and film-clip Frankenstein: a Bolton brown boy's encounter with superheroes becomes a most excellent adventure
In which I take three Londoners on blind dates with dance. What happened?
Arcane, portentous, mysterious.... Akram Khan's iTMOi is a kind of tarot: part myth, part mystification
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Now on sanjoyroy.net: Liam Scarlett: Symphonic Dances / Scottish Ballet double bill / Rosas: Rain sanjoyroy.net/2017/09/royal-… pic.twitter.com/K1xB3qkrCB
About 2 days ago
Now on sanjoyroy.net: Myth, magic and mortality: Darbar’s divine festival of Indian dance sanjoyroy.net/2017/11/myth-m… pic.twitter.com/WuGaFwXG3b
About 6 days ago
In the new @DIMagazine: Trajal Harrell 👍 Wayne McGregor +/- Human 👎 @IcelandDanceCom 👍👍 pic.twitter.com/r94l3FmRjB
About 2 weeks ago
This is actually 24 and 26 Nov, sorry (not 25th)! twitter.com/sanj0yr0y/stat…
Am leading these writing workshops in Madrid next week for the annual Certamen Coreográfico. twitter.com/ccoreomadrid/s…
About 3 weeks ago
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