|Innovative Choreographers 2012 Foreverl Postage Stamps
With these lively Innovative Choreographers (Forever®) stamps,
the U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to four influential choreographers who changed the art of dance: Isadora Duncan, José Limón,
Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse.
- The stamp design for Isadora Duncan shows her seemingly effortless style that paved the
way for modern dance. Radical for its time, her linking of movement and expressiveness garnered her worldwide critical aclaim.
Shown in a performance pose in the stamp, José Limón frequently drew inspiration from history, literature, and religion,
and used natural movement and gesture in his choreography. His virile, powerful works elevated the importance of the male dancer in
- Founder of one of the first African-American dance companies in the United States, Katherine Dunham was
the first choreographer to develop a formal dance technique that combined Caribbean and African dance elements with aspects of ballet.
She is shown in a pose from her critically acclaimed ballet L'Ag'Ya.
- Bob Fosse, celebrated for directing and choreographing
musicals on both stage and screen, is shown on the set of Sweet Charity (1969). Fosse received one Oscar, three Emmys, and nine Tony
awards during his career. Yet perhaps his greatest contribution was in making dance accessible to millions.
Designed to look like posters
advertising a performance, the stamp art captures the luminosity and mystery of a live dance performance. Art director Ethel Kessler
designed the stamps using illustrations in watercolor on vintage paper by artist James McMullan.
The Innovative Choreographers stamps
are being issued as Forever stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (5 of each design). Forever stamps are always equal in value to the
current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
Digital First Day Covers:
Digital Color Postmark FDC Set of 4.
Sef of 4 #6 ¾ envelope with an affixed stamp and an official color postmark design showing the date and location of stamp release. Features the Multicolor graphic of each of the individual players along with the issuing stamp.
A Century of Dance book
Discover a century of dance in this exclusive 32-page, softbound booklet which includes collectible Innovative Choreographers (Forever®) stamps, featuring Isadora Duncan, José Limón, Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse.
Illustrated with historic and great dance-makers of the 20th century, this gorgeous booklet is perfect for dance lovers.
Innovative Choreographers 2012 US Postage Stamps