To Wake the Air: A Festival Honoring BIPOC Life

The Fall Developmental Stage, To Wake the Air: A Festival Honoring BIPOC Life, is a community-created performance event that features the beautiful, joyful, and brilliant voices of the BIPOC community. From dance-poetry pieces to musical performances, the work featured in To Wake the Air explores themes of rebirth, transformation, resistance, and growth as well as environmental racism and decolonial praxis. Each performance invokes the rich legacy of art as a source of reclamation, celebration, and knowledge. Recalling Dr. Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake (2016), the performance centers on the powerful reverberation of BIPOC voices.



AILEEN ROBINSON is an Assistant Professor with TAPS and the Annenberg Faculty Fellow. Aileen received an Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University in 2016 and her A.B. in Literature from Harvard University. Her current project explores the contribution of theatre and magic performance to emerging practices of science communication in the nineteenth century. She investigates how theatrical performances and magic shows drew upon technological innovations and formed unique methods for disseminating scientific knowledge. She conducted archival research in Britain and the United States supported through an SSRC International Dissertation Fellowship and an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.

Her primary research and teaching interests are in the history of optics and physics, magic performance and practice, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British theatrical performance and stagecraft. She teaches classes on the intersection between science, stagecraft, and theatre, as well as British and American theatrical traditions. At Northwestern, she also served as dramaturg and assistant director on productions such as The Secret Garden and Lydia Diamond’s The Bluest Eye. She served as a Mellon Fellow in the Scholars in the Humanities program for 2016-2018 at Stanford University.



October 29 at 8pm PT
On-Demand October 30 + 31

This production premieres on Thursday October 29th at 8PM PT. It will be available for on-demand viewing through October 31 at 11:59pm PT.



This performance is free and open to the public.



To Wake The Air is a co-production with Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts.




During the premiere of To Wake the Air: A Festival Honoring BIPOC Life, a chat function will be available so viewers can share their reactions to the work. We are excited to foster community with you all during this presentation. The chat should be a safe place for all to participate, and we ask that it be used for discussion of the show and friendly interaction. TAPS reserves the right to remove comments and participants for messages deemed inappropriate.