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Intermedia Arts’ multidisciplinary, artist-centered performance series UNDERBELLY returns in April 
with a collection of songs and stories from the mouth of a candy witch by Emily Zimmer, an interdisciplinary one-woman show sifting the elusiveness of Black Girl Magic by Vie Boheme, and a Hip Hop theater experiment by TruthMaze.

Curated by Shá Cage, UNDERBELLY is a nurturing ground for developing ideas, innovative and artistic collaboration. A bi-annual event, this Spring's intriguing curation explores story, hip hop, satire, politics, and history.

Saturday's performance will include ASL interpretation.

By Emily Zimmer
A collection of songs and stories from the mouth of a candy witch. Partial regrets sung in full color. Songs by Marya Hart and Emily Zimmer. 

Viva:BLACK (Volume 1.)
By Vie Boheme

Viva:BLACK (Volume 1.) is vocalist and dancer Vie Boheme's interdisciplinary one-woman show that aims to sift the elusiveness of Black Girl Magic. It is an evening of song, dance, and poetry thematically presented through a series of vignettes. The show is historically charged, reflective of today's social political landscape and candidly shared.

Contraction - Expansion
By Truthmaze
Story meets Song meets Truth. A Hip Hop Theater experiment. 

With only two evenings of performances, UNDERBELLY is not to be missed!


Emily Zimmer is a performer, director and teaching artist. Her work as been seen at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, Dykes Do Drag and Dixon Place. She has trained in the art of clowning with Pierre Byland and is currently the Artistic Director of the Chicago Avenue Project at Pillsbury House Theatre. She began studying fairy tales and the art of subversion with the Neighborhood Bridges Program at Children's Theatre Company. She has been the recipient of a Naked Stages Fellowship and she is thankful for the opportunity to refine her study of the voice with help from the Next Step Fund from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Vie Boheme is a Detroit native and Pittsburgh blossomed renaissance artist. She is a former dance artist with TU Dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, a founding member of The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and a soul, funk, jazz vocalist and choreographer of her own solo work. Vie was trained in Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts (Pittsburgh, PA) and The Ailey School (NYC). Over the course of her career she performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Sidra Bell. Her solo dance works are focused on providing a glimpse into the sometimes dark and complex emotional spaces that seem elusive and ever-present instantaneously. Sometimes words work perfectly and sometimes there just aren't enough words to describe our experiences. Vie explores vocalization, poetry and singing in collaboration with her choreography.

Truth Maze is a cornerstone of the Twin Cities music scene and a major contributor and pioneer of Minneapolis hip hop culture. Born William Harris, a native of Minneapolis, MN, his career started with having a strong rhythmic sense making him a natural drummer from birth. This natural ability would later connect to his uncanny skills as a verbal percussionist known as ‘The Unstoppable B-Fresh’ who started performing in 1984. Two years later he would become part of the premier recording group The I.R.M. Crew which at the time received national notice.

Truth Maze also recorded with Brown Mark of Prince’s Revolution, as well as a host of other guest appearances and compilation projects. His first solo project was recorded and released in 2006, on which he would display his expanding versatility. The Expansions and Contractions’ album would prove Truth Maze’s skills as a spoken word artist and musician. A performer who comfortably expresses himself across various genres of music, eclecticism is but second nature to Truth Maze, an artist that easily accomplishes being multidisciplinary. Oya’s Radio is Truth’s newest visionary musical quest, and is once again evidence of his ability to stretch further, utilizing his vocal talent as lead man of the band.  Along with the aforementioned, Truth Maze is now experimenting with dance performance projects, theater, and future artistic collaborations, all while still working with various youth and community organizations.  His art is his passion, activism, and spirit.  

Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing Truth Maze. To date, some of Truth Maze’s notable performances include: 2013 Theater production of River See, written and directed by Sharon Bridgeforth; 2012 Dance to Learn program at the Ordway Theater; Amiri Baraka’s Wise Why’s Y’s at the Southern Theater; North Minneapolis Tornado Relief fundraiser at First Avenue’s Danceteria with Hip Hop legend KRS-ONE; Leeds England Reggae Festival, and Detroit Pistons Television commercial as the Verbal Percussionist.

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.

A Part of Intermedia Arts' Catalyst Series