Wendy Buonaventura

Wendy Buonaventura

Wendy is a writer, dancer and choreographer.

A 30 minute tv documentary about her, Making Mimi, can be found on this website and on Youtube, along with extracts from her theatre work. Wendy is known internationally for her innovative and beautiful stage shows combining text and dance.

Wendy’s books and theatre work largely explore cultural myths about the history and contemporary lives of women, with a focus on the arts.

In 2008 she created Sirocco, an annual weekend festival in the U.K. which ran until 2013. Sirocco celebrated the meeting of East and West via the inspiration of dance and music.

She has written and presented programmes for BBC Radio and continues to teach, lecture and perform internationally. She is based in the UK and on the island of Mallorca.


Wendy has devised a musical cabaret with stories taken from her new book, below. The Bristol premiere is in April 2019. See the Performance page.

Dark Venus: Maud Allan and the Myth of the Femme Fatale

Wendy’s latest book Dark Venus: Maud Allan and the Myth of the Femme Fatale was published in August 2018 by Amberley Books.

How the Dance of the Seven Veils led to ‘the libel case of the century’. Dark Venus looks at the late 19th and early 20th century obsession with woman as femme fatale and at the life of dancer Maud Allan, during a crucial period in the history of feminism.

See Books page for more details and how to order this book.

DARK VENUS - Maud Allan & the Myth of the Femme Fatale

Latest Posts

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Dark Venus and the Myth of the Femme Fatale

  My new book DARK VENUS looks at the 19th and early 20th century myth of the femme fatale, and at the scandalous life of Maud Allan, the dancer who…