The Transcendent Dance of Isadora Duncan

“The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body.”

—Isadora Duncan


A couple weeks ago I mentioned that Katherine Dunham will be honored this year with one of four Innovative Choreographers stamps. I am very excited that Isadora Duncan (1877–1927), widely considered the “mother of modern dance,” will also be included in the upcoming set.

Through dance Duncan expressed not only joy, contentment, and elation, but also grief, despair, and even evil. This link between emotion and movement was her most profound contribution to the history of dance. Through dance, she argued, we can transcend the limitations of the physical world to reveal the soul.

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  1. I like the layout of your blog and the illustrations. I also think it’s a great idea to show post stamps to the bigger public – I guess now we send less letters, so post stamps are becoming even more interesting to people who like the whole concept of sticking a pretty picture on an envelope and knowing that someone at the other end will receive a parcel or an envelope with the post stamp already stamped/marked.

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