Habits. Relationships. Belief Systems. Memories – our histories walk among us. And to ignore them is to be haunted by them. Taja Lindley’s The Bag Lady Manifesta is an immersive, participatory experience filled with striking visuals and dynamic movement.

Audiences are invited to (re)consider what to let go of, and what to remember. The Bag Lady is a living Sankofa, of movement, song, theater, and ritual – with the intention to build a collective memory and to create a just future for all.



Taja Lindley is a healer, artist and activist, creating socially engaged artwork that reflects and transforms audiences, shifts culture and moves people to action. She uses movement, text, installation, ritual, and burlesque to create immersive works that are concerned with freedom, healing and pleasure. Her artwork has been featured at Spring/Break Art Show, Brooklyn Museum, New York Live Arts, La Mama Theater, in living rooms, classrooms, conferences and public spaces. She has received coverage in ELLE, NY Times, VICE, Blouin Art Info, Afropunk and Colorlines.

Tanisha Christie is an interdisciplinary performing artist and filmmaker. She has performed, produced, directed and taught in traditional and non-traditional spaces in the U.S. and Panama. A member of Actors Equity m. She holds a BFA Theatre (Arizona State University), an MA-Media Studies (The New School) and has an LMSW in Clinical Practice (Hunter College). She was a 2015 Target Margin Institute Fellow and is currently an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She is a 2017 MAP grantee for bathtub a performance installation tackling state sanctioned violence, collective grief and intimacy.