Valeska Gert (11 January 1892 circa 16 March 1978) was a German Jewish dancer and cabaret artist. She was also active as an actress and artists' model. Valeska Gert could be considered one of Germany’s most ambiguous and overlooked artists. She was a dancer, actress, film and cabaret star. She was a pioneering performance artist who is said to have laid the foundations and paved the way for the punk movement. Gert was born as Gertrud Valesca Samosch in Berlin to a Jewish family.