Aaron Landsman, Clarinda Mac Low, Ogemdi Ude: Language Reversal

Language Reversal: Move Past What We Know is part of a collaborative process about power, translation, and the toolkits for survival. For each program artists Aaron Landsman, Clarinda Mac Low, and Ogemdi Ude will be in dialogue with guests from communities that span from the Lower East Side to Serbia, Nigeria, Australia and beyond, all of whom have been subject to political authoritarianism.

On March 8, Melbourne-based artist Amrita Hepi and New York City-based Ogemdi Ude investigate the choreographies of our every day. Through a virtual call and response, they consider how the shifting conditions of Black and Indigenous lives lead them to reorganize their creative skill sets and move through uprisings towards utopias. Together, Hepi and Ude find the dances embedded in their everyday to reveal remixed opportunities for intimacy, play, and maybe one day, progress.

There will be ASL Interpretation for this event. 

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Aaron Landsman is a New York-based writer, teacher and organizer who makes community engaged performances, conversations and other live events. He is a 2017-20 Abrons Arts Center Social Practice Artist in Residence, as well as a recent Guggenheim Fellow, ASU Gammage Residency Artist and Princeton Arts Fellow. His projects have been presented in New York by The Foundry Theatre, Abrons, PS 122, The Chocolate Factory, and HERE. He has performed with Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez and others. His book No One Is Qualified, co-authored with Mallory Catlett, will be published by the University of Iowa Press in 2021.

Clarinda Mac Low creates participatory installations and events that investigate social constructs and corporeal experience. She is Executive Director of Culture Push, an organization that links artistic practice, social justice, and civic engagement, a co-founder of Works on Water, which supports artists working with water as site and material, and a medical journalist specializing in HIV/AIDS. Mac Low has recently “performed” dramaturgy for Katy Pyle’s Ballez, David Thomson’s he his own mythical beast, Gender/Power (Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey), and Marjani Forté-Saunders’ Memoirs of a….Unicorn. Honors include a BAX Award in 2004, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, 2007 and a 2010 Franklin Furnace Fund grant.

Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn, 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 is a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement Grantee, a member of Gibney’s 2020 Moving Toward Justice Cohort, 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.

Amrita Hepi (b. 1989, Townsville of Bundjulung/Ngapuhi territories) is an artist working with dance and choreography through video, the social function of performance spaces, installation and objects. Utilising hybridity and the extension of performative practices, Hepi creates work that considers the body’s relationship to personal histories and the archive. Her practice engages in a wide range of themes including the ourbouros, magpies, magic, touch, doom, spectacle, the idea of “make-believe” and the uncanny.

In 2020 she has joined Rising’s (formerly Melbourne Festival) Council of good ideas as an artistic advisor, is a Gertrude Contemporary artist in residence and is currently working with Kaldor projects/Serpentine UK as a participating DOit artist. In 2019 she was a commissioned artist for The National: New Australian art 2019 and the recipient of the dance web scholarship to be mentored by Anne Juren, Mette Ingvarsten and Annie Dorsen. In 2018 and again in 2020 she was the recipient of the people’s choice award for the Keir Choreographic award and was also named one of Forbes Asia 30 under 30. Amrita trained at NAISDA and Alvin Ailey NYC.


Funding for Language Reversal is provided by Abrons Arts Center with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Additional funding provided by Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

The 2020-2021 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image credit: Ogemdi Ude