…she performed here until she smashed an empty champagne bottle on a patron’s head. Berber had a devoted following because she enacted something other then Naked Dances, she recreated her disturbing sex and drug-induced fantasies. These nude dance-dreams were executed with a chilling realism and activated by dark,metatrophic impulses. When harangued by drunken spectators, Berber had been known to spit brandy on them or stand naked on their tables, dousing herself with wine while simultaneously urinating.
text by Mel Gordon from Voluptuous Panic
Minettes [french for ‘female cats’. A common Parisian expression for independent, sexually active women.] Exclusive call girls who enacted S&M fantasy scenes, often involving foot worship, bondage, and forced transvestitism.
Illustration by Paul Kamm in Führer durch das ‘lasterhafte’ Berlin,1931
[featured as my favourite box of matches]
from my copy of Voluptuous Panic:Erotic World of Weimar Berlin [previously;]
wonderful find,i stumbled upon interesting movie by Kathryn Ferguson a while back searching for Berlin cabaret,it’s probably based on this photo of dancing-machine;]
From Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin