Performer Interviews, Q & A, and performance excerpts with founder Stephanie Weisman
Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 pm PDT
Yehuda Hyman is a Brooklyn-based writer and dancer who developed two performance pieces,
Max, Rapunzel and the Night and The Mad Dancers at the Marsh.
“If Madonna can take charge in Kabbaladom, surely there must be a fiefdom for Yehuda Hyman… Hyman’s one-man performance piece (The Mad 7) transports the Orthodoxy of that Hasidic tale to secular America… his transformations reveal the essence of character in simple choreographic strokes…”The Jerusalem Post
“Hyman’s time-bending script (The Mad Dancers) 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
“Nothing in the press release prepared me for the power and beauty of The Mar Vista, an ambitious autobiographical theater-dance piece by Brooklyn-based Yehuda Hyman, which ranges over four countries on two continents in 90 years.Broadway News
YEHUDA HYMAN is a dancer, writer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Mystical Feet Company. He was born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents from Russia and Poland.
His original theater creations include The Mad Dancers, Center of the Star, Swan Lake Bde Maka Ska (formerly known as Swan Lake Calhoun), David in Shadow and Light (co-written with composer Daniel Hoffman), Max, Rapunzel and the Night, Tequila, Scenes from a Tango (co-written with John Dantona), The Mad 7 and The Mar Vista which ran at the Pershing Square Signature Center in Manhattan in 2019.
His work has been produced at theaters including The Marsh, McCarter Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, San Diego Repertory, Cornerstone Theater of Los Angeles, Theater J, Mixed Blood, and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. He has acted in plays in NYC with Target Margin Theater, The Civilians, and Rady & Bloom. 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.
He received his M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College (2014) and currently teaches Devised Theater at Manhattan School of Music. His essay, “Three Hasidic Dances” was first published in Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance (edited by Judith Brin Ingber) and just re-published in Dance in America, A Reader’s Anthology (Editor: Mindy Aloff; Foreword by Robert Gottlieb), Library of America. His essay about his recent dance activism in Germany, entitled, Dancing on Smoke, will be published by Oxford Press in 2021. He lives in Brooklyn. He is currently creating a piece with his company, Mystical Feet, based on 18th century Hasidic tales about the transformative powers of dance.