Final Bow for Yellowface: Ending outdated representations of Asians in ballet

It was yet another Nutcracker season at New York City Ballet and the company was getting more and more letters questioning the offensive, stereotypical Chinese variation.  Principal dancer and diversity board member, Georgina Pazcoguin, suggested that (now former) Artistic Director, Peter Martins reach out to her colleague, Phil Chan, a Chinese-American arts administrator and former ballet dancer himself. The question at hand: How do we respectfully represent Chinese culture while also preserving Balanchine’s artistic legacy and tradition?…READ MORE

 

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