Ahmad Al Hamidi
“We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.” Dschelaluddin Rumi
Since he was a child Ahmad Al Hamidi was looking forward to every wedding in his hometown Manbij, in Syria, since there would always be a lot of dancing. At the age of 17, living in Damascus, through gymnastics he finally came to dance ballet. It didn’t take long and he was engaged for many performances. Back in Manbij in 2014, despite the control of the so-called „Islamic State“ (IS) he – along with befriended artists – founded the community project „Home“, a safe space for creative exchange. There he taught children drawing, English and Ballet.
As the situation in Syria became worse Ahmad was forced to escape. Thus he came to Istanbul in late 2014, where he organised a play of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with children. He continued his escape, crossing the borders on the Balkan route, until he reached Germany in summer 2015. Since 2016 he is living in Potsdam, where he keeps following his big passion: dance.