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Demi Baltus

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Thursday November 3, 2022

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EVENING PROGRAMME

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Demi Baltus recites her poems while softly swaying to the beat of rhythmic words exploring abrasive situations, uncomfortable love and human insecurities. Her recitations are so much more than just reading a poem out loud.

Part of the You’ll have to scream louder evening:
Programme with Dutch and Flemish talent: poetry, spoken word and music.

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Yvonne Zoethout

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Demi Baltus

When you see Dutch poet and performer Demi Baltus (1998) on stage, you’ll experience much more than someone just reciting a poem. She fires rhythmic streams of words at the audience, her body gently bobbing to the beat. Baltus writes raw lyrics about abrasive situations, uncomfortable love and human insecurities. She discovered her love for poetry at high school, where she won five poetry competitions. She then studied poetry slam, in which poets compete on stage, their words deployed as weapons to win over an audience or jury.

Baltus recites her poetry by heart, without paper in front of her. “It is not done to recite from paper at slam poetry,” she told an interviewer in 2017. “I never put anything on paper. Sometimes I think of something on the bike, then I think of it in my head until I know it.”

Baltus was published in Op Ruwe Planken and Meander and she wrote poems for NPO Radio 1.

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