Uncovering Salome

Research Blog

The character of Salome originates from a brief, unnamed mention in the christian New Testament, Gospels of Mark and Matthew, yet has inspired vast and substantial cultural retellings including painting and sculpture, opera, ballet, theatre and films.

Within the variety of these forms Salome represents the full spectrum of femininity from innocent exploited girl to lustful femme fatale. This research will begin with a survey of available material in all forms, and identify key pieces to focus in on.

Questions that will frame this inquiry are:

  • What is it about Salome’s character and contribution that is compelling enough to keep her alive throughout the ages?
  • How have her story and her character been adapted over time to reflect expressions of femininity in each age?
  • What information does Salome offer that is valuable to a contemporary audience?
  • What form would best serve the story of Salome for a modern retelling?

At different periods throughout history, dancing has been banned by governments who feared its potential as a source of social chaos. Professional dancers have been seen as the most dangerous of all women, a reflection of the idea that men are powerless to resist temptation when it’s put on display.

Wendy Buonaventura, Something in the Way She Moves

You were wild once! Don’t let them tame you!

Isadora Duncan