Yehuda Hyman/Mystical Feet
Yehuda Hyman/Mystical Feet
My father was a tailor from a village off the map
My mother was a Gypsy Jew who loved to finger snap
My grandpa was a badkhan, a kindly klezmer klown
and I am just a dancing boy who’s here to write it down.
Yehuda Hyman is the Artistic Director of Mystical Feet Company – an ensemble of dancers and actors creating emotionally transformative theater from dance, gesture and human stories. Village Voice Dance Editor, Elizabeth Zimmer writes, “Hyman weaves the episodic work together with intensely physical storytelling, flinging his compact form about like a genie loosed from a magic lamp.” Yehuda’s original works include: The Mar Vista, The Mad Dancers, David in Shadow and Light (co-written with Daniel Hoffman), Center of the Star, Swan Lake Calhoun, I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen (adapted from the memoir by Leon Surmelian), and solo plays, The Mad 7 and Max, Rapunzel and the Night. His work has been produced at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, McCarter Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, San Diego Repertory Theater, Cornerstone Theater of Los Angeles, Theatre J, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Piven Theatre Workshop, Highways Performance Space, and The Marsh among others. Honors include the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, the National Endowment of the Arts /TCG Playwright-in-Residence grant, a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, Heideman Award/Actors’ Theater of Louisville and grants from the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity and Foundation for Jewish Culture. His writing has been published by Samuel French as well as in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Northern California Jewish Bulletin, Minnesota Monthly, Revue Alsacienne de Litterature, Recours au Poème and in “Seeing Jewish and Israeli Dance”, published by Wayne State University Press and in an upcoming Jewish Dance anthology edited by Mindy Aloff. He recently danced in the Fire Island Dance Festival (2017) and has performed in New York City with Target Margin Theater, The Civilians and at Jack Performance Space. He is an Artist Fellow at the LABA House of Study at the 14th St. Y. He received his M.F.A in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College (2014) and has been a teacher there as well as at many universities across the U.S. In 2018, Yehuda Hyman will choreograph the Guthrie Theater production of Paula Vogel’s Indecent, and continue his work with Mystical Feet Company, including a new NYC production of The Mar Vista and a new piece, The Nomad Project. The company name, “Mystical Feet” is inspired by a 19th Century tale by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov wherein it is suggested that the rectification of the world will come about through a dance performed by a dancer with no feet.