Michael( Misha) Getman was born in Israel to parents Dora and Zechariah, who immigrated to Israel from Soviet Leningrad after a failed-plane hijacking by young Jewish dissidents to escape the USSR in 1970 -” Operation Wedding.”
His professional education was at the Bat Dor School of dance, directed by Jennette Ordman. As an interpreter, he gained experience at the Batsheva junior ensemble directed by Naomi Perlov. He later joined the Batsheva dance company, where he worked for three years with the choreographer and artistic director Ohad Naharin. In 1999 he joined the Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly, where he worked till 2004 with the choreographer Amanda Miller. He also worked at the Sadt Theatre Saarbrucken, directed by the choreographer Marguerite Donlon. As a performer, he had the privilege of learning and interpreting works by master choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Amanda K Miller, Marguerite Donlon, and William Forsythe. Since 2007 Getman has been developing his work and choreographic structure. He examines and is curious about the relationship between our bodily actions, cognitive responses, and the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experience with a range of physical arousal and emotions. His works have been presented in various festivals and venues, including Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Suzanne Dellal Center (Tel Aviv), Open Look (St.Petersburg), Holland Dance (Den Haag), Nowy Teater (Warsaw), Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Schauspielhaus (Hamburg). Michael also works in Theatre and Ethnography, researching and facilitating artistic expression with various communities and cultures.
He teaches choreography, composition, and improvisation workshops for professional and non-professional.
Since 2020 Getman has been working towards an M.A. at the University of Huddersfield, England.