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By Toni Bentley
Because the nineteenth century gave strategy to the twentieth, a short-lived yet awesome cultural phenomenon unfold all through Europe and the us - "Salomania". The time period used to be coined while biblical undesirable woman Salome used to be resurrected from the previous testomony and reborn at the smooth level in Oscar Wilde's 1893 play "Salome" and in Richard Strauss's 1905 opera according to it. Salome speedy got here to include the turn-of-the-century notion of the "femme fatale". She and the striptease Wilde created for her, "The Dance of the Seven Veils", quickly captivated the preferred mind's eye in performances on phases low and high, from the Metropolitan Opera to the Ziegfeld Follies. this article info for the 1st time the Salomania craze and 4 impressive girls who personified Salome and played her seductive dance: Maud Allan, a Canadian sleek dancer; Mata Hari, a Dutch secret agent; Ida Rubinstein, a Russian heiress; and French novelist Colette. Toni Bentley weaves the tales of those girls jointly, displaying how every one embraced the personality of the femme fatale and reworked the misogynist suggestion of a dangerously sexual lady right into a kind of own liberation. Bentley explores how Salome grew to become a pop icon in Europe and the USA, how the genuine girls who performed her encouraged the beginnings of recent dance, and the way her striptease turned within the twentieth century an act of glamorous empowerment and not going feminism.
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