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Oakland Ballet’s ‘Dancing Moons Festival’ to shatter Asian stereotypes from ballet history

As hate crimes against Asian Americans soar across the nation, the Oakland Ballet is uplifting the community through dance by celebrating the work of Asian American and Pacific Islander choreographers. The “Dancing Moons Festival,” opening Thursday at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, highlights new works by five choreographers pushing boundaries in the dance world. Among the premieres is the West Coast debut of New York-based dancer and activist Phil Chan’s “Ballet des Porcelaines or The Teapot Prince,” a dance that turns the tables on a 280-year-old European ballet with problematic depictions of Asian culture.