Her contemporaries found her equal parts wicked and mesmerising. Until now she has been virtually ignored by the world of dance studies. The Tanzfonds Erbe project by Martin Stiefermann / MS Schrittmacher has once again drawn the attention of the cultural and dance world to her.

In this introduction, dance scholar Christina Thurner tackles the Anita Berber phenomenon and its reception in collaboration with the students of her seminar Ecstasy in Dance and Image (ITW, University of Bern).