Anita Berber & Sebastian Droste, Die Tänze des Lasters des Grauens und der Ekstase (Dances of Vice, Horror & Ecstasy), 1923
This compendium of texts, poems, drawings and photographs is a rare contemporary document of the ‘decadent’ twenties. The book outlines a dance performance entitled Die Tänze des Lasters des Grauens und der Ekstase (Dances of Vice, Horror & Ecstasy) that Berber performed with her husband Sebastian Droste (Real name Willy Knobloch). The performances took place at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 1922.
The book opens with two drawings by Anita Berber. Introductions by Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste are then followed by texts from Sebastian Droste describing scenarios from the various dances, and three poems by Anita Berber.
The illustrated section of the book consists of photographs of the authors by Viennese Atelier d’Ora (Dora Kallmus & Arthur Benda), drawings by Anita Berber and illustrations by Harry Täuber. Each artwork is protected with a glassine sheet.
The photographs show Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste in various poses connected to the dances described in the text. This was undoubtedly a provocative, if not scandalous, book at the time, and is a highly collectable one today.
Published by Gloriette-Verlag Wien in an edition of 1000 numbered copies.
50 slipcased copies were produced on Japan paper. The drawings and illustrations are hand-coloured. The photographs are printed in Van Dyck-Druck, and mounted on card. Hand-painted silk covers and parchment spine.
950 deluxe copies were produced with the photographs printed in Van Dyck-Druck, with the illustrations printed in colour.
16 pages of photographs by Atelier d’Ora Wien
5 pages of drawings by Anita Berber
7 pages of illustrations by Architekt Harry Täuber
61 pages of text in German by Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste
Der Tanz als Form und Erleben, 3 pages by Sebastian Droste
Die Legenden, 33 pages describing dances by Sebastian Droste
Geschichte, 3 pages of poems by Anita Berber
Untersuchungen, 6 pages of texts by L. W. Rochowanski
Hard cover with slipcase
16 x 22.5 cm