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Intermedia Arts’ multidisciplinary, artist-centered performance series UNDERBELLY returns this Fall with a new movement piece by Magnolia YSY, a multidisciplinary investigation of depression by Queen Drea, and a theatrical experience exploring identity and freedom by brianne a. hill.

Curated by Shá Cage, UNDERBELLY is a nurturing ground for developing ideas, innovative and artistic collaboration. A bi-annual event, this Fall's electric curation explores isolation, visibility, voice, depression, loneliness, identity, and freedom.

Join us after the Friday show for a reception with the artists. Saturday, stick around after the show for a talkback to gain insight on these three powerful pieces.

Photos by Sarah White Photography / Fotos for Barcelona

Photo by V. Paul V.2C
Choreographed by Magnolia YSY
With Rachel Miller, and Laura Osterhaus

2C, an exploration of and influenced by house dance, explores visibility and voice for women in the many spaces they occupy, labor in, and belong to.

Photo by V. Paul V.

Queen Drea's Soul Chamber - Solitary Confinement
By Queen Drea

Live on stage, Queen Drea creates a musical score for her short, multi-genre film about black women’s experiences with depression. Using song, spoken word and the personal stories of a mother and daughter, this piece aims to uncover why loneliness "is a hell of a drug" and finally kick the habit.

Skin and Masks
By brianne a. hill

A nonlinear theatrical experience following the journey of a woman who has been kidnapped for an experiment and now finds herself trapped in a box. Will she ever be free? Skin and Masks explores issues of identity and freedom. 


"The artists in this series are pushing boundaries in search of innovation and experimentation,” says UNDERBELLLY curator Shá Cage. “It will be exciting to see the risks they take on stage."
With only two evenings of performances, UNDERBELLY is not to be missed!

Teaser of 2C by Magnolia YSY


Post-Show Reception
November 4 | Friday | Immediately following the Friday Performance | Included with your ticket!

Stick around after Friday's performance for a chance to mingle with your neighbors and the artists over light refreshments.

Mind/Body/Spirit Workshop

November 5 | Saturday | 2PM | $20**

Mind/Body/Spirit is an afternoon workshop led by Mama Mosaic Theater, inviting women of color to convene space together charged with healing, love, power, and art. This fall's UNDERBELLY serves as fertile ground for convening with three works by women of color. They will offer a performative point of departure as Signe Harriday and Alexis Pauline Gumbs guide the time intentionality rooted in nurturing women magic. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring Twin Cities artists together with pioneering national scholars and artists to make and hold space together. Only 15 spaces available. RSVP

**Scholarships are available. Please note this request in your RSVP.

Post-Show Talkback
November 5 | Saturday 
| Immediately following the Saturday Performance | Included with your ticket!
Join us after the Saturday performance for a chance to dig deeper into the issues, ideas, artwork, and process presented in the three UNDERBELLY pieces.


Queen Drea creates conceptual soundscapes through looping and electronic EDM scoring. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language to her lyrics and compositions, she tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way and likes to involve the audience in conversation as they accompany her on her musical journey.  Her performances directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, her works references love, pain, the feeling of not being “enough as a form of resistance against the logic of the “Normalcy” box people try to put her in.

brianne a. hill, a Detroit native, is a performer/playwright currently based in the Twin Cities. As a playwright, her one-person show, White Skin, Black Masks (part i), was performed at Pillsbury House Theatre as part of their Late Nite Series curated by OBIE-Award-winning actress Laurie Carlos and multi-disciplinary artist e.g. bailey. As a performer, her selected credits include Frank Theatre (Love and Information), Intermedia Arts (The Blacker the Berry), ArtsWest Playhouse (The Mountaintop), and 218 Studio Theatre (The Skin of Our Teeth, Stop Kiss, and Motherfucker with the Hat). She is an alumna of Michigan State University, the University of Washington (Master of Fine Arts), Wayne State University (Master of Social Work), and is a Playwrights' Center Many Voices Mentee. Her work is rooted in liberation, play, and passion.

Magnolia Yang Sao Yia (YSY) is a Twin Cities artist and activist whose passions include intersecting social justice and dance, nurturing and empowering youth and women of color, and investigating and exploring the contemporary Hmong identity in America and Hmong dance.  YSY graduated with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Asian American studies from the University of Minnesota. She is a fourth year company member of Ananya Dance Theatre. Growing up on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, she was immersed and influenced by house music and hip hop culture. She accredits both and the vibrancy of Detroit for giving her the space to find her voice through the improvisational nature of these forms. House dance lover and practitioner, she is seeking love, community, healing, and truth. 


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota. The development of Skin and Masks was supported by the Jerome Foundation through the Playwrights Center’s Many Voices Fellowship.

A Part of Intermedia Arts' Catalyst Series