Episode 13: Vie Boheme - "Your Life is Asking You to Stand Up"
Vie Boheme is a Motown native, as she says, blossomed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis. She is a multimodal artist; a dancer, singer and choreographer. She brings athletic agility to her vocal performance through both song and dance and her sound is a fusion of Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B and Pop. In 2018 she released a solo album titled Swoon and has created two major solo performance art pieces- Center Play and Viva Black Volume 1. She is a former vocal artist, choreographer and co-creative director for Stokley Williams and is also a former dance artist with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, TU Dance and a founding member of The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. She has choreographed and performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Guthrie Theater, and The Children's Theater in Minneapolis. Vie was trained at Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts and The Ailey School. Over the course of her career she performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Gregory Dolbashian, Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Sidra Bell. As a soul, funk, jazz vocalist, she has opened for international acts Little Dragon, Bilal and J*Davey. She is also a Vinyasa yoga instructor with her own philosophy that has nurtured her versatility and prepares her body for her rigorous solo work.
Vie has been singing at a couple spaces in Casablanca for the past few months and I invited her to come hang out with me in Tangier for a weekend. This was really just one of the many fascinating and in-depth discussions that we had during our time together. In this particular conversation on process, we talked about everything from how she has explored heritage and history in her music and performance art and the general evolution of her career, to some of the issues with the dance world and why she has struck out on her own in order to connect on a deeper level with the energy of an audience. We also got into the major issue of gaps in education when it comes to showcasing black female artists and how Vie often creates her work as a response to this kind of problem, among other issues that nag at her. She is a true force of creative confidence and star-quality, so prepared to be inspired.
-Vie’s website, instagram, and facebook
-Swoon - Vie Boheme’s solo album on Spotify
-Her performance pieces: Viva Black Volume 1 & Center Play
-Vie’s TEDX talk in Minneapolis
-Karen Clark Sheard
-The Winan’s Family
-Betty Davis (great article on her)
-Nina Simone (interview clip talking about blackness)