Based on Taja Lindley's solo healing performance ritual that debuted at La Mama's SQUIRTS in 2015, "This Ain't A Eulogy" is drawing parallels between discarded materials and the violent treatment of Black people in the United States. People in the African Diaspora have a long history of repurposing, remixing, and transforming oppressive systems into valuable cultural practices. In this post-Ferguson moment, Lindley is calling on this legacy to imagine how we can recycle the energy of protest, rage, and grief into creating a world where, indeed, Black Lives Matter.
"This Ain't A Eulogy" is the origin story of The Bag Lady, and serves as a preamble to Lindley's one woman show "The Bag Lady Manifesta" which debuted at Dixon Place September 2017. TajaLindley.com