Yehuda Hyman/Mystical Feet

Yehuda Hyman/Mystical Feet

 

Yehuda Hyman is a dancer, choreographer and writer who lives in Brooklyn. He is the Artistic Director of Mystical Feet Company: an ensemble of theater/dance artists weaving together storytelling and movement to create uplifting, transformational theatrical experiences. The members of Mystical Feet Company are currently crafting a cycle of work inspired by the idea of dance as a means of spiritual transcendence. They are working towards presenting this work live and in person in late 2021 and/or early 2022. The name “Mystical Feet” is inspired by a 19th Century tale told by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov which perhaps suggests that the rectification of the world will come about through a dance performed by a dancer with no feet.

Yehuda Hyman is a first-generation American, born in Hollywood to immigrant parents from Poland and Russia. Dance writer Elizabeth Zimmer wrote of Hyman’s most recent work, The Mar Vista: “Hyman weaves the episodic work together with intensely physical storytelling, flinging his compact form about like a genie loosed from a magic lamp.” The Mar Vista, had an acclaimed NYC run at the Pershing Square Signature Center in March, 2018. Other works by Hyman include The Mad Dancers, The Mad 7, Center of the Star, Swan Lake Calhoun, David in Shadow and Light  (co-written with composer Daniel Hoffman) and Max, Rapunzel and the Night.  His work has been produced at the McCarter Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, San Diego Repertory, Cornerstone Theater of Los Angeles, Theater J, Mixed Blood and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. He recently choreographed Paula Vogel’s Indecent at the Guthrie Theater. He received his M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College (2014) and currently teaches Devised Theater Practice at Manhattan School of Music in the Musical Theater program.  He has acted in plays in NYC with Target Margin Theater, The Civilians and Rady & Bloom and danced in the Fire Island Dance Festival. His many honors include the Kennedy Center New American Plays Award, the NEA/TCG Playwright-in Residence Grant, Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis Jerome Fellowship and LABA Fellow/14th St Y. His essay, Three Hasidic Dances was first published in Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance (edited by Judith Brin Ingber) and re-published in Dance in America, A Reader’s Anthology (Editor: Mindy Aloff; Foreword by Robert Gottlieb), Library of America. He translates the work of German poet, Eva-Maria Berg. His most recent writing, Jew in the Pool (documenting his dance activism in Germany) was published in the Israeli Dance Magazine, Mahol Akhshav-Dance Today. His essay, Dancing on Smoke will be published in a forthcoming anthology about Jews and Jewishness in Dance from Oxford University Press.