Posts Tagged: Valeska Gert

The rose and the bomb

Weimar Berlin, the soft opening: the debut of Anita Berber and Valeska Gert, 100 years ago today

The rose and the bomb

Weimar Berlin, the soft opening: the debut of Anita Berber and Valeska Gert, 100 years ago today

Places: Nollendorfplatz

The birth of arthouse cinema, 100 years ago today

Places: Nollendorfplatz

The birth of arthouse cinema, 100 years ago today

Places: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

The centenary of a Parisian instution and its most famous performance…

Places: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

The centenary of a Parisian instution and its most famous performance…

Fragments in Motion

Valeska Gert, as seen by herself and others.

Fragments in Motion

Valeska Gert, as seen by herself and others.

Dress-down Friday: Valeska Gert

Gert was pathologically unable to conform to any larger social grouping than that found within her own eccentric outfits.

Dress-down Friday: Valeska Gert

Gert was pathologically unable to conform to any larger social grouping than that found within her own eccentric outfits.

Lichtspiel

It was a meeting with French Dadaist Philippe Soupault in Berlin’s Romanisches Café in the early 1920s which helped Walter Ruttmann synthesize art and music into cinema.

Lichtspiel

It was a meeting with French Dadaist Philippe Soupault in Berlin’s Romanisches Café in the early 1920s which helped Walter Ruttmann synthesize art and music into cinema.

People on Sunday

We see ordinary Berliners enjoying a summer of empty squares, busy streets, crowded lakes and quiet balconies. It’s a heartbreaking portrait of the sunlit city at ease, a vivid portrayal of insouciance which was soon to disappear along with many of the streetscapes depicted in passing.

People on Sunday

We see ordinary Berliners enjoying a summer of empty squares, busy streets, crowded lakes and quiet balconies. It’s a heartbreaking portrait of the sunlit city at ease, a vivid portrayal of insouciance which was soon to disappear along with many of the streetscapes depicted in passing.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 4

Else was shocked when management barred her entry one day, on the grounds that she didn’t consume enough. “Is a poet who consumes a lot even a poet?” she fumed. And so as the First World War approached, Café des Westens fell out of favour with the avant-garde.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 4

Else was shocked when management barred her entry one day, on the grounds that she didn’t consume enough. “Is a poet who consumes a lot even a poet?” she fumed. And so as the First World War approached, Café des Westens fell out of favour with the avant-garde.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 1

Germany’s cultural history generally favours the tortured genius over the wayward maverick, but the period between the First World War and the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933 represented a rare temporal oasis of experimentation, extravagance and eccentricity.

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 1

Germany’s cultural history generally favours the tortured genius over the wayward maverick, but the period between the First World War and the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933 represented a rare temporal oasis of experimentation, extravagance and eccentricity.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 1

There are infinite ways to dissect London, endless psychogeographical narratives which can be overlaid on the city’s map. This is an account of absence as much as presence, but let’s think of it as a stroll which gives us a chance to chat about our favourite freaks.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 1

There are infinite ways to dissect London, endless psychogeographical narratives which can be overlaid on the city’s map. This is an account of absence as much as presence, but let’s think of it as a stroll which gives us a chance to chat about our favourite freaks.

Coming home

The life and work of dancer, actress and proto-performance artist Valeska Gert is enjoying an unprecedented wave of interest in her hometown Berlin.

Coming home

The life and work of dancer, actress and proto-performance artist Valeska Gert is enjoying an unprecedented wave of interest in her hometown Berlin.

The second reel

As well as everything else these performers gave, they refused to become objects of pity or figures of fun, and provide us with inspiring examples of how to live the second reel of life.

The second reel

As well as everything else these performers gave, they refused to become objects of pity or figures of fun, and provide us with inspiring examples of how to live the second reel of life.

Oh baby

It’s currently not rocketing up the charts anywhere, with its limited run of 400 copies ensuring that Valeska Gert’s posthumous pop career is unlikely to assume Gaga-esque proportions.

Oh baby

It’s currently not rocketing up the charts anywhere, with its limited run of 400 copies ensuring that Valeska Gert’s posthumous pop career is unlikely to assume Gaga-esque proportions.

A German miscellany

The documentary just shown on German TV about Weimar Berlin included Lotte Lenya singing a mesmerising “Seeräuber Jenny” and a rare glimpse of Valeska Gert’s infamous grotesque dances.

A German miscellany

The documentary just shown on German TV about Weimar Berlin included Lotte Lenya singing a mesmerising “Seeräuber Jenny” and a rare glimpse of Valeska Gert’s infamous grotesque dances.

The grotesque burlesque of Valeska Gert

Valeska Gert first made her name in the early Weimar Republic with interpretive routines which expanded the vocabulary of dance just as Expressionist painters were doing in figurative art.

The grotesque burlesque of Valeska Gert

Valeska Gert first made her name in the early Weimar Republic with interpretive routines which expanded the vocabulary of dance just as Expressionist painters were doing in figurative art.