Mel Gordon, professor emeritus of theater arts at the University of California, Berkeley, speaks about self-described “Grotesque Dancer” Valeska Gert, who defied all contemporary classification and was considered one of the most inventive and original entertainers of the Weimar Era. The lecture includes rare illustrations and film clips of her dances as well as scenes from Gert’s appearances in German and British cinema. Gordon is the author of sixteen books, including Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin (Townsend, WA: Feral House, 2006).