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.
Berlin cabaret poster, 1920s. “The idyllic gay portrait of dapper German officers in capes and peaked caps transfixed by demure Line-Boys (teenage male prostitutes that worked Berlin’s fancy hotel lobbies, gay clubs, and bars in the Tiergarten in gangs of 4 or 5) on Tiergarten benches disappeared from view in 1919. It was beggars who retained the combat dress of the defeated army. Berlin’s gay community at the beginning of Weimar adopted a different wardrobe, the sailor’s bl