About Ogemdi Ude
New York, New York
Ogemdi Ude (CBA ’20) is a Nigerian-American dance and interdisciplinary artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn. Her performance work focuses on Black femme legacies and futures, grief, and memory. Her work has been presented at Gibney, Danspace Project, Abrons Arts Center, BRIC, ISSUE Project Room, Recess Art, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, La Mama Courthouse, and for BAM’s DanceAfrica festival. As an educator, she serves as Head of Movement for Theater at Professional Performing Arts School and has taught at Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, MIT, and University of the Arts. She is a 2022-2023 Smack Mellon Artist-in-Residence and 2022-2024 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She has been a 2021 danceWEB Scholar and a 2021 Laundromat Project Create Change Artist-in-Residence. In January 2022, she appeared on the cover of Dance Magazine for their annual “25 to Watch” issue. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English, Dance, and Theater from Princeton University.
Dig/Hear/Sing/– integrates the study and practice of dance notation, making, and archiving. Using various materials and multidisciplinary processes, Ude and collaborators spent her residency creating and performing 3 different works. Afterwards, they convened with audiences to craft a creative reflection. By engaging with the life cycle of a dance, Ude interrogated nostalgia, memory, and forgetting. By working in and for a community of black femmes, Ude aimed to incite critical engagement with embodied black histories as a means of imagining black futurity. The trilogy was performed at the Abrons Arts Center in April 2022.