Pleasure Rituals

AN ITERATIVE DIGITAL PERFORMANCE PROJECT

Pleasure Rituals is an ongoing series of pre-recorded digital micro performances, meditations and rituals. These virtual visual offerings are not films but rather creative documentations, explorations, experiments and examinations about sacred living designed for digital audiences. Many of these rituals have been and will be offered as invitations for public participation via Lindley's latest project: The Invitation.

 

Not every Pleasure Ritual video is explicitly about pleasure. They are also ceremonies that create the container for joy, fulfillment and pleasure to exist. In a world that treats Black life as if it is disposable, creating these containers are acts of rebellion and resilience - a fugitive practice.

 

The inaugural works of this series debuted on Saturday April 24th, 2021 during Lindley’s keynote presentation at the Cultivating Joy and Collective Restoration Virtual Conference at Harvard University and during her virtual performance in A Feeling Good Ritual.

 

Pleasure Rituals made thus far can be viewed exclusively via Patreon. Future Pleasure Rituals can be viewed at upcoming events (workshops, artist talks, keynote presentations, etc.) and will continue to be made accessible to Patrons. Scroll below to learn more about Pleasure Rituals created to date. Book Taja Lindley to request a commission and/or screening a Pleasure Ritual for your event.

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FIRE CEREMONY

2021

Running time: 05:17

I release. I transmute. I transform. I begin, again. Dedicated to the transformative cycles of life, death and rebirth. Fire Ceremony is stewarding the process of recycling the energies of what is complete into fertile soil for the possibilities to come.


Conceived, performed and edited by Taja Lindley
Videographer: Chance Epps

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WRITING MY OWN NARRATIVE

2021

Running time: 04:20

"I am listening to myself more deeply. Taking time in silence to hear myself... and to hear Spirit too." Writing My Own Narrative features an excerpt from journal entry dated November 7th, 2020.


Conceived, performed and edited by Taja Lindley
Videographer: Chance Epps

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SELF LOVE CEREMONY

2021

Running time: 04:47

Inspired by burlesque shenanigans on Zoom and digital sex work, this Self Love Ceremony explores seducing oneself with the use of technology.


Conceived, performed and edited by Taja Lindley
Videographer: Chance Epps

HIGH PRIESTESS MEDITATION

2021

Running time: 02:56

When affirmations become mantras become meditations become beliefs become embodied. Inspired by II XI XX (two | eleven | twenty) biomythography project which centers the tarot Constellation of the High Priestess: Principle of Balanced Judgement through Intuitive Awareness.


Conceived, performed and edited by Taja Lindley
Videographer: Chance Epps

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ORGASMIC BATHING

A VENUS DAY RITUAL

2021

Running time: 05:37

Orgasmic Bathing is the inaugural recipe for The Invitation. It is an exploration of water ceremony and solo sex magic and documents an iteration of Lindley's process for creating sacred baths for herself.


Conceived, performed and edited by Taja Lindley
Videographer: Chance Epps

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TALK YO SHIT!

2021

Running time: 02:24

I don't talk shit, bitch I tell the truth!

 

I call my energy back - a truth telling exercise for exercising energetic boundaries.


Conceived, performed, filmed and edited by Taja Lindley

Inspired by Jenna Zilincar