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The Choreographic Archive of Siobhan Davies Dance

Guest Scrapbooks

Sanjoy Roy - Scrapbook of pre-1988 Works

Sanjoy Roy is one of a number of collaborators and associates invited to explore the archive and create a guest scrapbook. The pathway below provides a glimpse into the route he took through the archive and why.

“I have used the scrapbook basically as a saved search. I was interested in two particular areas, and made a separate scrapbook for each. To compile the scrapbooks I searched for relevant video content, and clicked the ‘add to scrapbook’ icon for each item I wanted to save from the results list.

This first scrapbook is of works from before 1988. Why 1988? Because that was the first time I'd seen a piece by Siobhan Davies. I'm not sure I'd even heard of her before, but I do remember that double-bill of Wyoming and White Man Sleeps made a big impression, and was certainly one of the experiences that marked the beginning of my serious dance-going. Since then, I've seen pretty much every piece that Davies has done - but I always wondered about the ones from before. So, using the date option in the Advanced Search tool, I looked for video content from before 1988, and made a scrapbook from the results. Then I happened to notice a 1996 version of Sphinx (originally 1977), so I added that to the same scrapbook. The video quality is better, plus I saw that Davies had made quite a few changes in the revival, and thought it might be interesting to see what and why.”

Sanjoy Roy

Sanjoy Roy writes on dance for the Guardian, New Statesman, Dance Gazette and Pulse, and has written for Contemporary, Dance Now, Dancing Times, Animated and other publications. From 1989 to 2000 he was desk editor and designer at Dance Books Ltd, and was co-editor of Dance Now magazine from 1994 to 2000. He was editor of the A-level textbook White Man Sleeps: Creative Insights (1999), published in conjunction with Siobhan Davies Dance.

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  6. The Run To Earth Rehearsal 1