Definition of bite the bullet: To behave courageously; to avoid showing fear or distress. (From the American Civil War when surgical operations were carried out without anesthesia – a shot of whiskey and bite the bullet)

– Oxford Dictionary 1991 –

BITE THE BULLET DANCE is a contemporary dance company under direction of the choreographer Michael Wälti. The company was founded in 2013 in the Netherlands and is now based in Bern, Switzerland. Currently, BITE THE BULLET DANCE is an Associate Artist of the Dampfzentrale Bern.

The BITE THE BULLET DANCE company brings back contemporary dance to three essential qualities: movement, rhythm and fantasy. We celebrate the eternal love affair of dance and music. We don’t use texts, objects, voice or video in our performances; we use music and lighting as equal partners. Our fascination of the infinite possibilities of the human being for movement manifests as our love for detail. We expose the awkwardness of human relationships in our works. The wayward choreographies of BITE THE BULLET DANCE combine the choreographer’s dystopian fantasy with ambivalent humor.

Michael (Michu) Wälti, Choreographer,

was born in Bern in 1985, and was a very lively child. In his youth he participated in sports such as badminton, tennis, climbing, and the martial arts, the latter of which he has continued until today. At the age of 17 Michu began dancing, and soon teaching, the Lindy Hop which is a couple-dance labeled as Swing Dance, originating in the USA and popular in the 1930’s.

Fascinated by music, rhythm and working with the body, dance became a steadily more important value in Michu’s life. After two years of formal pre-education in modern dance at the Akardance Bern he auditioned and was accepted at the Amsterdam Highschool of the Arts (AHK). He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Theater Dance.

During these studies, Michu was also active in Switzerland co-founding the Bern Retour Kollektiv and was responsible for the choreography of these ensuing performances:

– MAGIC ARROW (2011)

After his studies in Amsterdam Michu worked for several notable choreographers all over Europe, including the following: Itamar Serussi, Cie Vloeistof, Cie Woest, Floortje Doeksen, and Gabriella Maiorino.

In 2013 Michu founded, together with the dancers Sjifra IJpma and Bryan Atmopawiro, the dance company BITE BULLET DANCE. He reworked MAGIC ARROW which was then performed in the Melkweg Theater in Amsterdam, and for this he won the Publikumspreis (award from the public) for best performance. Following that there were further choreographic projects, the duet BASALT and the experimental semi-improvisational Quartet UNSET.

In the middle of 2014 Michu moved back to Bern. A year later he became an Associate Artist at the Dampfzentrale Bern for 2015 – 2017, and is part of the Danse et Dramaturgie 15/16 project.

The first full evening work BUT THE AIR IS NEVER SWEET ENOUGH will premiere on the 10th of March 2016 in the Dampfzentrale.





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