Ogemdi Ude

Pronouns: she / her
Artistic Discipline: Dance
Category: Creative Equations Fund: Cultural Heritage & Diversity
Grant Year: 2024
Location: Park Slope

Major is a multi-year dance theater project exploring the history and physicality of majorette dance, with six Black femmes embodying the movement of their girlhood to answer the questions of their present. This project merges majorette movement, verbatim theater, and an online oral history archive to preserve, continue, and transform majorette legacy. Involving a team of performers based in New York with origins in the South, Major explores how Black culture both persists and transforms due to relocation. Through investigations of physical memory, sexuality, and sensuality, Major preserves and proliferates the creative practices and stories of the folks who taught us how to be proudly Black and proudly femme. This presentation will integrate a showing and public workshop.