The Opposite of Cancel Culture: Shifting Opera and Ballet for a Multiracial Future

Feb 1, 2023, 12:00 pm1:30 pm



Event Description

As performing art forms of Europe like opera and ballet shift to serving diverse communities, how do they continue to uphold tradition and artistic legacy without resorting to canceling works with outdated racial depictions that don't ring true with audiences today? Join author, choreographer, and advocate Phil Chan for a practical discussion on what a shift from a Eurocentric to a multiracial artforms needs to look like to survive in the 21st century. 


Phil Chan is a co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, the author of Final Bow for Yellowface: Dancing between Intention and Impact, and the Gold Standard Arts Foundation President. He is currently a visiting fellow at Houghton Library at Harvard University, a Rankin Scholar at Drexel University, and a Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Dance at Carleton College. He was a ‘21/’22 Visiting Scholar at the A/P/A Institute at NYU, the Manhattan School of Music’s ‘21'/’22 Citizen Artist, leading Boston Lyric Opera’s Butterfly Process, and was named the Next 50 Arts Leader by the Kennedy Center. 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 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 International Council for the Parsons Dance Company, the Advisory Board of Dance Magazine, and was a 2020 New York Public Library Jerome Robbins Dance Division Research Fellow. His latest choreography project, the "Ballet des Porcelaines,” premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2021 and toured throughout 2022.  


Effron Center for the Study of America, Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Department of Music