Mystical Feet Company/Yehuda L. Hyman

Mystical Feet Company/Yehuda L. Hyman

 

“Time, culture and centuries of religious philosophy are compressed, massaged and remolded in Yehuda Hyman’s The Mad Dancers…Don’t know much about cabala, Hasidism and the 10 emanations of God? You’ll get a healthy dose by the end of this funny, illuminating and resonant play. The material may be Jewish esoterica, but it is handled with a light touch and the application is universal. Hyman’s time-bending script is a modern-day fairy tale, and as in a skillfully told children’s story, there are mysterious strangers, evildoers, plot twists, a surprise ending – and wisdom to take out the door with you.”

– Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post

 

Artist Statement:

Bare stage, bared souls, bare feet. Mystical Feet Company/Yehuda L. Hyman is a dream, a dance, a story – an ensemble of artists creating transformational experiences to give to you. We are an interdisciplinary theater company combining acting, storytelling, eclectic dance and humor. Artistic Director, Yehuda L. Hyman created the idea of Mystical Feet in 2014, inspired by an image from a 19th Century Eastern-European Jewish tale, “The 7 Beggars” by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. The tale suggests that the rectification of the world will come about through a simple dance performed by a dancer with no feet. The first project of Mystical Feet Company was The Mar Vista, a theatrical memoir about the life of Yehuda’s mother, Sara, premiered in 2016. The new work, PROJECT 2022, (working title, “Secret of the Possible”) is a devised adaptation of gemlike mystical tales which combine wit, surreal imagery, ancient wisdom with the understanding of today to explore dance as a means of spiritual levitation. The work has been in process throughout the pandemic with two workshop residencies with West Harlem Art Fund/VisualMuze on Governor’s Island (summer 2020 and 2021). The completed work will be performed live in 2022 in New York City. Artistic Director Yehuda L. Hyman is a dancer, choreographer, playwright, actor essayist and dance activist. He has received numerous awards including the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays for his play, The Mad Dancers. He received his MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, 2014. He is the American-born child of two immigrants. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.