Dance, Education, Birth Work
Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn. 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, 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. She is a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement Grantee and a 2019-2020 Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU Resident Fellow. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English, Dance, and Theater from Princeton University.
Ogemdi Ude and Rochelle Jamila Wilbun will create AfroPeach, a series of online and eventual in-person dance workshops for Black postpartum people in Brooklyn. The project will uniquely blend movement healing practices and birth work to provide holistic care for Black people after pregnancy and birth.
What is the role of art and culture for the future of the city?
“Communing around art and culture allows us to collectively vision, invest, and build an environment that honors what is and nourishes what will be.”