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Besim Hoti

Dancer

He moves in ways that seem phys­i­cally impossible

Besim Hoti is stu­dent at Codarts and dances a solo in a Scapino Bal­let choreography. He started danc­ing in Sliedrecht when he was 14. Elec­tric boo­gie was his spe­cialty. ‘My friends and I viewed clips and movies on YouTube. We taught our­selves, on the street.’

Besim Hoti was born and raised in Sliedrecht and has Alban­ian roots. After only one year in sec­ondary voca­tional dance train­ing he was scouted by a teacher of the Rot­ter­dam Dance Acad­emy. He suc­cess­fully audi­tioned. ‘It was very hard work,’ Besim says, look­ing back on this trans­fer. ‘Doing bal­let every day, mod­ern dance every day, my body was sim­ply not used to that’. Besim was a final­ist in the Urban Dance Con­test 2007. That earned him a ticket to a work­shop with Scapino Bal­let Rotterdam.

Artis­tic direc­tor Ed Wubbe cre­ated a dance piece for Besim and Michal Rynia to the music of Johan Sebas­t­ian Bach, called B.A.M. ‘One day Ed Wubbe asked me if I wanted to take part in the new show Won­der­land with ‘Lead­ing Edge’, the solo ver­sion of B.A.M. I imme­di­ately said yes! I was so happy! Of course, I did con­sult my school first.’ The show had its pre­miere on 8 Octo­ber 2009 in the Rot­ter­damse Schouw­burg. ‘Such a huge the­atre, such a big stage! That was a great expe­ri­ence.’ Hoti’s solo is part of sev­eral Scapino shows, includ­ing TWOOLS 10, Low­lands and Ned­er­landse Dansdagen. Besim Hoti shows that his rolling and jolt­ing move­ments come from deep inside just like Bach’s notes.

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