Background

Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink, influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley’s contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.

Drawings for Oscar Wilde’s play Salomé

Other Salomés

Lindsay Kemp

Lindsay Kemp (born 3 May 1938) is a British dancer, actor, teacher, mime artist and choreographer.

Kemp formed his own dance company in the early sixties and first attracted attention with an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival in 1968. Kate Bush and David Bowie were students of Kemp.

“Lindsay Kemp’s 1975 stage production of Oscar Wilde’s play was probably the queerest there’s been to date, with Kemp himself playing Herod’s doomed daughter under a heap of silks and feathers.”   John Coulthard

Lindsay Kemp channel on YouTube

Lindsay Kemp’s production of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé