Before Lady Eve Marlowe came to Berlin as a young dancer, the city endured the ills of society not uncommon to us today: unemployment, out-of-control inflation, an influenza epidemic and widespread poverty.
When Eve arrived in the city in the late 1920s, the Weimar Republic was in a steady decline but the dream remained, illuminating the city at night with a red-tinged hue of decadence that captured the cabaret dancer in its spell.
Let’s take a look at little known events that shaped the early part of the decade.
In 1921, artists, musicians and dancers flocked to Berlin to soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere:
Abstract artist Kandinsky discovered the paintings he’d left at a gallery years earlier had been sold, but he received little money for them. Inflation had eaten up most of his profit.
Violinist Vladimir Horowitz gave a recital but the critics never showed up.
Dancer Isadora Duncan was seen on the Berlin society circuit with her new and much younger husband.
Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova was reputed to have given an impromptu performance of The Dying Swan in a cellar nightclub wearing her street clothes.
Legendary artistes who all left the stamp of their genius on Berlin.
Imagine what was yet come to come…