‘Critics are the means whereby society becomes conscious of itself, aware of the direction it is taking. There can be no culture without them.’ — Peter Conrad

About dance reviewing

A critic’s case for critics who are actually critical

Dwight Garner at the New York Times makes the case that ‘our critical faculties are what make us human’ and we shouldn’t be afraid to exercise them.

On negative criticism: how to be a critic

A response to Garner by Richard Brody from The New Yorker,  in which he argues that criticism need not be punishing or abusive.

“Connect to physical pleasures of life”

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s advice to dance critics, a tongue-in-cheek acceptance speech at the Dance Magazine Awards in 2009.

“Obsessed with accuracy in terms of description of actual physical movement…”

A spotlight on Arlene Croce, dance critic of the New Yorker, by Julie Copeland of Radio National Australia.

Good sources for dance reviews

Joan Acocella at the New Yorker

The woman whose writings, in her anthology Twenty Eight Artists and Two Saints, made me want to start writing about dance in the first place.

Alastair Macaulay at The New York Times

He’s grumpy, bitchy and at his best when talking about ballet, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

RealTime Arts

An Australian online arts review magazine, with a particular focus on dance and multimedia, directed by Keith Gallasch, whose invaluable dance criticism tutorial I took at the Indonesia Dance Festival, sponsored by Tanzconnexions.

Writings about dance in Southeast Asia


An initiative of the Goethe-Institut to connect dance practitioners, theoreticians and audiences, within Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Germany.


A semiannual online periodical by MyDance Alliance featuring writings from the Malaysian contemporary dance community.


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