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On Many a Vase and Jar: Orientalism in Ballet CPD Interactive Webinar

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On Many a Vase and Jar: Orientalism in Ballet CPD Interactive Webinar

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Final Bow for Yellowface co-founder Phil Chan takes us on a magic carpet ride through a history of orientalism in ballet, and explains why preserving a Eurocentric view of “exotic” people and places on our stages isn’t doing us any favors with the diversity conversation. How do we get more comfortable talking about race and tradition? How do we become more inclusive and find new ways to innovate while upholding the traditions that are the foundation of our art form? Through challenging assumptions and exposing contradictions, Phil Chan presents challenges and provocations about how we mediate and navigate new ways of thinking and ‘being’ against socio-historical positions and beliefs, and how to make ballet truly for everyone.

Please note, this activity will not be recorded for later access. If you are booking outside of the UK, please check your time zone against BST (British Summer Time).


This activity will be hosted on Zoom. You will be sent details of how to join the activity within five working days prior to the start date.

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There are some recommended readings for this interactive webinar. You will find the details in your Eventbrite order confirmation email.


You will require the following resources:

  • A computer/laptop/tablet with internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones


Phil Chan

Phil Chan is a co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, and most recently served as the Director of Programming for IVY, connecting young professionals with leading American museums and performing arts institutions. He is a graduate of Carleton College and an alumnus of the Ailey School. As a writer, he served as the Executive Editor for FLATT Magazine and contributed to Dance Europe Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Business Weekly, and the Huffington Post. He was the founding General Manager of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, and was the General Manager for Armitage Gone! Dance and Youth America Grand Prix. He served multiple years on the National Endowment for the Arts dance panel and the Jadin Wong Award panel presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance. He serves on the Leaders of Color steering committee at Americans for the Arts, the International Council for the Parsons Dance Company, and the Advisory Board of Dance Magazine. He is the author of Final Bow for Yellowface: Dancing between Intention and Impact, and a 2020 New York Public Library Dance Research Fellow.

CPD Hours: 2 hours Time-Valued CPD

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