Wendy Buonaventura




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I am a writer, choreographer and performer. My books - mainly non-fiction - and dance theatre work explore women’s social history and the cultural myths surrounding female sensuality. I was the subject of the tv documentary 'Making Mimi' and in 2008 I founded the dance festival SIROCCO. http://www.siroccofestival.org.uk. I have taken a leap into biographical fiction with my latest book 'Midnight Rose: a life of Maud Allan'.


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MIDNIGHT ROSE (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: MIDNIGHT ROSE is based on the life of scandalous Edwardian dancer Maud Allan. Allan’s Vision of Salome made her a celebrity, though the dance profession in those days was considered only a step above prostitution. In 1918 a newspaper article hinted that she was a lesbian and Allan sued for libel. The trial that followed threw a searchlight on the social hypocrisies and sexual ignorance of the age, as self-appointed guardians of public morality lined up to attack the one of the most famous women of her day.

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Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich
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As a dancer and a writer about women and dance, this book was a wonderful discovery for me. Its subtitle 'A History of Collective Joy' says it all. It looks at communal celebration through bodily expression down the ages and is absolutely riveting.
Idols of Perversity by Bram Dijkstra
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This book charts ways in which women, notably in the Victorian era, were viewed as naturally sick and physically badly designed, and how Western art and literature reflected this in its portrayal of the female sex. A fascinating book, well researched ...more
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"Soon after the attack on Maud in the Academy magazine she was banned from performing at the Manchester Palace of Varieties by the local watch committee. The London press was quick to step in and defend Maud, pointing out scathingly that not only a..." Read more of this chapter »
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“What I have to tell you is this: I am resolved that dancing is to be my path. I know that to be a dancer is to be considered in our world little more than a prostitute. But you cannot imagine what is happening here in Berlin. It is different back home, but in Europe dance is being reborn as something more than cheap entertainment by loose women.”
Wendy Buonaventura, Midnight Rose: a life of Maud Allan

“In today's newspaper there was a story about a married clergyman with three children who is calling for all sex to be declared un-Christian. He says lifelong virginity is the ideal for Christians. I wonder, has he told his wife and children this?”
Wendy Buonaventura, Midnight Rose: a life of Maud Allan

“My respect for the law was diminishing with every exchange. Dickens was right. The law is an ass, and I was starting to think that people are asses as well.”
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