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.