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:
– WASH MY FEET, KISS MY EYES (2010)
– MAGIC ARROW (2011)
– DROWNING WOOD (2012)
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.
was Born in 1986 in Amsterdam. In his youth he played rugby and later took first dance classes in Hip Hop and Streetdance. In 2014, he graduated from the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts with the Bachelor of Dance. He joined Bite Bullet Dance in 2013 for “Magic Arrow”.
was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where she started dancing when she was 4 years old. In June 2014, she graduated at the ‘Moderne Theaterdans’ in Amsterdam. She has been in Israel for 5 months, to do her stage at the Dance Journey of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC). She worked with choreographers like Liat Waysbort (ex-Batsheva dancer), Angels Margarit, Quan Bui Ngoc (dancer Les Ballets C de la B), Ugo Dehaes, Beppie Blankert, Guillia Mureddu, Christopher Leuenberg & Helma Melis. She joined Bite the Bullet Dance in September 2014 as a dancer for the piece “Unset” in Sicily.
was born in 1985 in a Kibbutz in Israel. When she was a child, she wanted to go to dance classes, but in the kibbutz it was not allowed yet. Meanwhile, she went to gymnastic class and learned to play the violin. After dancing during her adolescence, she decided to pause and get to know society and herself from a different point of view. She then worked with under-privileged young adults, but after a while she missed dancing too much and went back to the studio. She moved to the Netherlands and graduated from ArtEZ dance academy in Arnhem in 2013. These days she works as a dancer, teacher and also makes her own work. In her choreographies, she questions relationships between people, between countries and the conflicts of the inner self. Her pieces were shown in ArtEZ dance academy and in Volksroom Brussels. She also created work for a dance school in Israel. As a dancer she worked with choreographers such as Dieter Defurne (def donkey/ gent) and Aida Guiro Salinas. She assisted the choreographers Ivan Perez (Korzo Productions) and Gabriella Maiorino. In 2014, she joined Bite the Bullet Dance for the duet “Basalt”.
was born in 1989 in Eindhoven. He was practiced various sports, and decided to become a sports teacher. There he had his first contact with dance. During that periodt, he started to do hiphop and street dance. After his graduation, he went to ArtEZ for one year and graduated in 2015 from the Jazz-Musical department in Amsterdam. As a a stagier he danced for Conny Jansen danst in Rotterdam. With Bite the Bullet Dance, “but the air is never sweet enough” will be his first production.
was born in 1991 in Amsterdam. After some years of gymnastics, she took up tapdancing. This later led her to jazz dance. Ballet classes followed soon after and she ended up at the Modern Theatre Dance department at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. In her last study year, she danced in “Pulcinella” by Itamar Serussi, in projects of Genevieve Murphy and joined the community art project in Het Muziektheater in cooperation with theatergroep DOX. After graduating in July 2013, she performed “Magic Arrow” and thus was there at the first shot of Bite the Bullet Dance. After, she went to Nepal, where the Mandala theatre in Kathmandu became her new home for a while. In two months together with Stella van Lieshout and Lisa Feij, she created a full evening dance theater piece with a group of twelve young actors. Back in Holland, she is bitting the Bullet again in the new Production “Basalt”.
grew up in Switzerland where I started dancing at an early age. She followed a 3-years dance education at the Zürich Tanz Theater Schule www.ztts.ch where she studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Flamenco and more. After graduating, she decided to study further and specialize in contemporary dance. In 2012 she moved to Amsterdam, where she started the bachelor program for contemporary dance at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK). As part of the last year of her studies she will be dancing as an understudy in various dance productions. ‘But the air is never sweet enough’ with Bite the Bullet Dance Company will be her first project outside of the school environment.
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