Anita Berber

In the dark and seedy cabarets of Weimar Berlin, where sex was a performance and decadence was king, one woman ruled the room. Born to artist parents at the turn of the century, Anita Berber was destined for a life on the stage. Famed for her kohl-rimmed eyes, her bright red hair, and her provocative burlesque, Berber became an underground sensation. But she was just as infamous for her scandalous bisexual affairs and hotel orgies as her avante-garde performances, and with dances named ‘Cocaine’, ‘Morphine’, and ‘Asylum’, you know she partied as hard as she danced! So join us in the end-of-the-world liberalism of Weimar Germany as we trace this Expressionist queen to the stage and beyond!

Funkenstein, Susan Laikin. “Anita Berber: Imaging a Weimar Performance Artist.” Woman’s Art Journal, vol. 26, no. 1, 2005, pp. 26–31. 

Gordon, Mel. The seven addictions and five professions of Anita Berber: Weimar Berlin’s priestess of depravity. Feral House, 2006.

Toepfer, Karl Eric. Empire of ecstasy: nudity and movement in German body culture, 1910-1935. Univ of California Press, 1997. https://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft167nb0sp&chunk.id=d0e2131&toc.id=&brand=ucpress

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