Final Bow for Yellowface (www.yellowface.org) was founded by Georgina Pazcoguin, New York City Ballet soloist, and Phil Chan, arts administrator and educator, with a simple pledge, "I love ballet as an art form, and acknowledge that to achieve a diversity amongst our artists, audiences, donors, students, volunteers, and staff, I am committed to eliminating outdated and offensive stereotypes of Asians (Yellowface) on our stages." Since 2017, almost every major American ballet company has signed the pledge, and Gina and Phil have advised performing arts groups on how to maintain the integrity of works from the classical Western canon while updating outdated representations of Asians. In addition to "Nutcrackers" across the country, other projects have included advising on "Anything Goes" for DC's Arena Stages, and "Le Chant du Rossignol" for Salt Lake City's Ballet West. Gina and Phil will be presenting upcoming talks on yellowface and orientalism in dance at 92Y, the Guggenheim's Works & Process, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and the Museum at FIT.
Phil Chan is a co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, and currently serves 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, 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, and is on the advisory committee for the Parsons Dance Company. He also serves on the Leaders of Color steering committee at Americans for the Arts.
Georgina Pazcoguin (“The Rogue Ballerina”) is a co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, and is a soloist with New York City Ballet. She is most recently featured on the hit show Fosse/Verdon 2019. She is also featured in the film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, which won the Audience Award at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Pazcoguin’s many NYCB credits include Anita in West Side Story. Her extensive repertory of George Balanchine works include lead roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3.
Her American Dance Machine for the 21st Century credits: Cassie in "A Chorus Line," Jerome Robbin's "Mr. Monotony," Margo Sappington's "Oh! Calcutta!" Pas de Duex
Broadway Credits: “Ivy” in 2014 Revival of On The Town. Georgina originated the role of “Victoria” the White Cat in the first revival of Cats on Broadway choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler in 2016. More info: GeorginaPazcoguin.com Instagram: @Georgina_Pazcoguin
Ms. Pazcoguin was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2002. She is a two-time Chita Rivera Award nominee for outstanding dancer. She is the recipient of The 2019 Outstanding Filipinos in America Courage of Conviction Award.