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Female Dancing Body as a Representative of the Cultural Identity A Case Study: Serbian Dancers on Commemorative Postage Stamps

Folkloristika 6/1 (2021): 125–139
Author: Nikoleta Dojčinović
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The publishing of four postage stamps featuring pictures of Serbian female dancers gave the Serbian dance art a new dimension. Knowing that dance art was not socially recognized throughout history, especially female dance art, this decision by the Post of Serbia shows that dance and female body are valuable representatives of the high national culture. This article attempts to explain why and how the Post of Serbia came to recognize the works of Maga Magazinović, Smiljana Mandukić, Dušanka Sifonios and Jovanka Bjegojević, as well the connotations that can be derived from such a decision. This paper also analyses influence and importance of founding the professional organization – Association of the Ballet Artists of Serbia, as well as it questions whether adequate diachronic and generic factors have been applied in making the decision to put given dancers on postage stamps. In addition to the contextual analysis of the circumstances and conditions of printing of these postage stamps, the paper also analyses aspects of their graphic design ‒ text, art and costume, portraits, as well as the appearance of the dancing female body.
Keywords: postage stamps, dance, dancing body, Association of the Ballet Artists of Serbia, cultural identit