Ogemdi Ude: Hear
In Dig/Hear/Sing/—, artist Ogemdi Ude performs three different solos across three evenings. The second, Hear, pulls from a bereft archive of video and sound bites as Ude attempts to materialize and present the profile of someone lost.
Using movement, voice, and installation, Ude contends with distinct experiences of loss and her efforts to develop coping rituals in their aftermath. By charting the lasting marks that loss has made upon her, Ude opens a space for audiences to simultaneously process their own grief. The performances are accompanied by a collection of writings: performance scores, personal essays, and theory that takes a Black feminist approach to unpacking death, memory, and mourning.
Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn. Her performances focus on Black femme legacies and futures, grief, and memory. Her work has been presented at Recess Art, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and for BAM’s DanceAfrica Festival. In collaboration with Rochelle Jamila Wilbun she facilitates AfroPeach, a series of free dance workshops for Black postpartum people in Brooklyn. She is a 2021 danceWEB Scholar and 2021 Laundromat Project Artist-in-Residence. She graduated with a degree in English from Princeton University.
Dig/Hear/Sing/— is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center through the Performance AIRspace Residency, which is supported by the Jerome Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Franklin Furnace Fund, LMCC Creative Engagement Grant, and the City Artist Corps Grant.
Image courtesy of the artist, photo credit Sydney Mieko King