The Nita & Zita Project

100 Sandoval St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Sunday April 28th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

The Nita Zita Project tells the story of legendary 1920’s New Orleans dancers, two jewish sisters and glittering globetrotters who fled antisemitism in Hungary in 1922 to blaze their own trail as contortionist acrobatic performers. They rose to international stardom and danced through every war before retiring to New Orleans, where they became recluses, painting their creole cottage top to bottom with magnificent polka dots. After they died, their neighbor found thousands of costumes in their home, which she then sold in a yard sale that last 5 years. Their story has inspired countless artists, who have created award-winning plays, dance tributes, paintings and poetry based on the extraordinary story of these sisters.


Marci Darling is a multi-talented individual who has made significant contributions to the world of filmmaking, writing, dancing, teaching, and more. With an impressive array of accomplishments, Marci has established herself as a renowned writer/director.

Marci’s literary prowess is evident through her five bestselling books and her published works in esteemed publications such as the NYTimes, Boston Globe, and Oprah Magazine. Her ability to captivate audiences with her writing has earned her recognition and respect within the industry.

In addition to her writing, Marci is an esteemed educator, currently serving as Adjunct Faculty at Endicott College. Her passion for integrating art into teaching strategies has led her to instruct and inspire educators on innovative approaches to education. Marci’s dedication to learning is demonstrated by her Masters degree in Education from Harvard, a BA in Creative Writing from UCLA, and a Certificate in Writing from Stanford.

Marci’s involvement in the film industry is extensive, having worked at the Sundance Film Institute and Film Festival, as well as serving on the Short Film Selection Committee for five years. Her expertise and discerning eye have also been utilized on the Short and Feature Film Selection Committees for the Big Apple Film Festival and Boston Film Festival.

Beyond her writing and filmmaking pursuits, Marci is an accomplished performer. As a professional belly dancer, burlesque dancer, and circus acrobat, she has graced stages all over the world for over a decade. Her talent and passion for the arts have allowed her to perform alongside renowned artists such as The Go-Go’s, B-52’s, and Paul McCartney.

Marci’s latest project, The Nita Zita Project, holds a special place in her heart. It serves as a tribute to her dance partner and soulmate, Kim, who passed away in 2018. The project is a heartfelt love letter, reviving their acrobatic contortionist burlesque act from the 1990s, performed every Thursday night at the Viper Room. Through this project, Marci’s creativity and dedication shine, paying homage to a cherished memory.

With thirty years of experience in acting for film, television, and commercials, Marci has established herself as a versatile and talented performer. Her vivacious spirit and dedication to her craft have allowed her to collaborate with esteemed artists and leave a lasting impact on the industry.

When she’s not immersed in her artistic endeavors, Marci enjoys the serene life in her cottage by the sea, where she resides with her two children, two dogs, one cat, and a feline friend who may just be an Ewok in disguise. Marci Darling’s passion, talent, and diverse range of expertise make her a true force to be reckoned with in the world of film, writing, and performance.



Marci Darling Johnson


Marci Darling Johnson


Sharon Gillen

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   It was fun to visit these old days. Nita and Zita are fascinating characters. They created dance and costumes their whole lives. Talented and athletic, they wowed people everywhere they went with their artistic dance interpretations. It’s a great slice of history, with great music. I certainly recommend it. Enjoy this one yourself.

Terry Mulcahy

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