Ogemdi Ude
Artist in Residence (2024-2025)

A dark skinned Black femme wearing a black top looks up in a church.

Ogemdi Ude (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based dance and interdisciplinary artist, doula, and educator creating performances, texts, installation, and media that focus on Black femme legacies and futures, grief, and memory. She uses movement and voice as a tool for digging up personal and sociocultural narratives, and processing grief. She is interested in how we search for objective “truth” to justify grief; why we seek evidence of our relationships to that which we have lost. How do we find people, cultures, and histories that aren’t there anymore in all the bits that are? She engages the body holistically to re-member: sew together the fissures that trauma creates in our personal narratives.

Ogemdi’s work has been presented at Gibney, BRIC, Abrons Arts Center, ISSUE Project Room, Danspace Project, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, Lewis Center for the Arts, 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 The New School, Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, MIT, and University of the Arts. She has worked with artists including Raja Feather Kelly, iele paloumpis, Marion Spencer, Rebecca Lazier, Stuart Singer, Aaron Landsman, Melanie Lane, Prue Lang, Raven White/BIRDHOUSE, Oskar Eustis, Laurie Woolery, and Lear deBessonet.

She is a 2022-2024 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and has been a 2022-2023 Smack Mellon Studio Artist, 2022 Center for Performance Research Artist-in-Residence, 2021 danceWEB Scholar, 2021 Laundromat Project Create Change Artist-in-Residence, and a 2019-2020 Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU Resident Fellow. 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.