On 29 April 2016, International Dance Day is celebrated all over the world, as dancers rejoice and share their passions and creativity with millions of people. The day brings together international, national and local organizations, as well as selected individuals active in dance, both amateurs and professionals.
In 1982, the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a partner of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) founded International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on 29 April on the anniversary of the birth date of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet. The purpose of the International Dance Day is to celebrate Dance, to rejoice in the universality of the art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and to bring people together with a common language—Dance. The International Dance Council (CID), another partner of UNESCO, also supports and promotes the art of dance worldwide.
“Dance is a universal language; Dance is a passport; Dance opens the door to other countries, other peoples, other cultures. Dance promotes freedom, understanding, friendship, tolerance. Dance is the most direct and effective means to implement the ideals of democratic society: freedom of expression, equality of rights, no discrimination.”
Alkis Raftis, President of the International Dance Council CID
Date of issue: 29 April 2016
Artists: Marcos Chin (Canada), Karin Rönmark (Sweden), Alison Seiffer (USA)
Designer: Sergio Baradat (United Nations)
Denominations: US$ 0.47, US$ 1.15, CHF 1.00, CHF 1.50, € 0.68, € 0.80
Stamp size: 30 mm x 40 mm
Sheet size: 140 mm x 170 mm
Stamps per sheet: 6
Printer: Cartor Security Printing (France)
Process: Offset lithography plus Hexachrome
Perforation: 13 x 13 ¼
- US$ 0.47 32,500 sheets (195,000 stamps)
- US$ 1.15 32,500 sheets (195,000 stamps)
- CHF 1.00 30,000 sheets (180,000 stamps)
- CHF 1.50 30,000 sheets (180,000 stamps)
- € 0.68 35,000 sheets (210,000 stamps)
- € 0.80 35,000 sheets (210,000 stamps)
The artists and the designs
New York US$ 0.47 and US$ 1.15, China and Thailand, by Marcos Chin (Canada)
Marcos Chin is an award winning illustrator whose work has appeared as surface and textile designs, on book and CD covers, advertisements, fashion catalogues, and magazines. Some of his clients have included Target, Starbucks, Google, Neiman Marcus, HarperCollins, Time, Rolling Stone, GQ, and The New York Times. In 2013 his illustration, “Grand Central Catwalk” appeared in New York City subways, celebrating Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial year, through MTA’s Arts for Transit program.
Geneva CHF 1.00 and CHF 1.50, Sweden and Africa, by Karin Rönmark (Sweden)
Karin Rönmark was born and raised in Sweden and educated at Konstfack, Stockholm, from which she holds a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration and an MA in Storytelling, Graphic Design and Illustration. Primary influences on her work include close observation of nature, folk art and traditional art. While her final images are often digital, she develops her visual motifs and vivid colour palettes through daily explorations in her sketchbook.
Vienna € 0.68 and € 0.80, Spain and Middle East, by Alison Seiffer (USA)
Alison is an award winning illustrator and print artist based in Montauk New York. Ms. Seiffer attended the Parsons School of Design in New York where she received a BFA degree in Illustration. Her illustration work has appeared in many national and international publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Popular Science, Businessweek and The Wall Street Journal, MTV and Glamour.