Ogemdi Ude

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.

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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.”



Rochelle Jamila Wilbun and Ogemdi Ude are creating AfroPeach, a series of online dance workshops and resources for Black postpartum people in Brooklyn. The project uniquely blends movement healing practices and birth work to provide holistic care for Black people after pregnancy and birth. Offerings focus on healing from the physical, mental, and emotional effects of pregnancy and birth, creatively processing birth stories, and building somatic relationships between new parents/caretakers and their babies. AfroPeach aims to support Black bleeding and birthing people to feel empowered and sacred in their bodies, and to decrease postpartum health disparities by fostering a supportive wellness space.