In the five years since Final Bow for Yellowface’s inception, the organization has made significant strides in furthering the conversation around Asian representation onstage. But founders Phil Chan and Georgina Pazcoguin realized more needed to be done to organize as a community.
I know many male dancers who prefer dancing solo: In a classical pas de deux, they simply “get through” the adagio section until they can showcase themselves in the virtuoso male variation. But for me, my fondest performing memories usually involve partnering. Perhaps it’s related to my struggles with male ballet steps (double tour en […]
As conversations in the ballet world about race and representation have opened up in the past few years, its most beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, has come under scrutiny as well. Last year New York City Ballet made changes to its second act Chinese Tea variation, removing elements of racial caricature from both the costume […]
“Do away with it.” “Over it.” “How about just plain old ‘artist’ or ‘choreographer’?” These are a few of the comments that popped up when, on a recent morning, I posted a query on Facebook fielding thoughts about the term “emerging”—as in “emerging choreographer.” I can’t remember when I first sensed disgruntlement toward the E-word. […]