About Ogemdi Ude
New York, New York
Ogemdi Ude (CBA ’20) is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Harlem, New York. She creates performances that investigate how black folks’ cultural, familial, and personal histories are embedded in their bodies and influence their everyday and performative movement. She aims to incite critical engagement with embodied black history as a means to imagine black futurity. Her work has been presented at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, Lewis Center for the Arts, La Mama Courthouse, and for BAM’s DanceAfrica festival. She currently serves as Head of Movement for Drama at Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan and is adjunct faculty in the Dance MFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. 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 will spend her residency creating and performing 3 different works. Afterwards, they will convene with audiences to craft a creative reflection. By engaging with the life cycle of a dance, Ude will interrogate nostalgia, memory, and forgetting. By working in and for a community of black femmes, Ude aims to incite critical engagement with embodied black histories as a means of imagining black futurity.