Wendy Buonaventura

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Wendy Buonaventura

Wendy Buonaventura has worked as writer, choreographer and performer and her work has been the subject of a 30 minute documentary Making Mimi for British TV. She has written and presented for BBC Radio. Her book Serpent of the Nile: Women and Dance In The Arab World has been continually in print since 1983 in English, and will be reprinted in 2009 with new material. Her book I Put A Spell On You: Dancing Women from Salome to Madonna (2003) was published in the USA under the title Something In The Way She Moves. Her new book Midnight Rose (2009) is based on the life of Maud Allan. Autographed copies of this book can be ordered from Cinnabar Books: www.cinnabarbooks.co.uk.

Her theatre work, based on Middle Eastern Dance Fusion, incorporates text with dance and explores cultural myths of female life. She is Artistic Director of Sirocco, a weekend dance festival, which takes place in the United Kingdom during the spring.

Selected Theatre Work


A one-woman show, taken from themes of Wendy Buonaventura’s 2003 book of the same name, with live text, dance and film.
"A rare fusion of thought-provoking art and inspiring fact…immensely provocative on all levels. Buonaventura possesses her own brand of spellbinding power." Duska Radosavljevic - The Stage

DANCING GIRLS - 1994-96, toured internationally; revived 2000

An exploration of Orientalism for 2 dancers
"Clever and enchanting…an accessible and intelligent piece of theatre that deserves a wider audience" Anne Sacks – The Times
"An artful synthesis of instruction and delight" Louise Levene – The Independent

REVELATIONS: The Testament of Salome - 1992

A play for 1 actor, 1 dancer, re-examining the myth of Salome
"A highly disciplined, marvellously atmospheric production" Michael Billington – The Guardian
"A precious little piece of theatre" Gianandrea Poesio - Dancing Times

E-mail: wendy@cinnabarbooks.co.uk

Web sites:www.buonaventura.com

Wendy's Books through Amazon are not autographed. Autographed copies of Midnight Rose can be obtained through Cinnabar Books for around $15

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Wendy Buonaventura

  • Maud Allen: La Femme Fatale
    For, as the trial progressed, in effect, it became a trial of female sexuality. No respectable woman, it was claimed, could possibly take on the sadistic role of Salome unless she was a sadist in real life, and sadism was regarded at the time as a practice verging on the criminal.