Artistic Directors: Charles O. Anderson and Andrea Beckham 

Under the direction of Charles O. Anderson and Andrea Beckham, Transcendence is a celebration of the illustrious career of Dr. Yacov Sharir. The founder of the American Deaf Dance Company and Sharir Dance Company, Dr. Sharir's research and choreography features virtual environments and computerized movement. Transcendence marks the inaugural year of the Haruka Weiser Commission, which supports the creation and performance of a new work in celebration of the life and art of Haruka Weiser.


Preview: March 28 at 7:30 p.m. 
Opening: March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Performances: March 30, April 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7-8 at 2:00 p.m.

About Dr. Yacov Sharir

“There is a fortune in being a teacher in terms of what you give and what you get. To see the transformation in students’ lives is unbelievable. You’re not only teaching dance. You’re teaching your life experience and you’re sharing with them very precious moments. That’s a treasure.” - Yacov Sharir

After graduation from the Bezalel Academy of Arts, Dr. Yacov Sharir studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, the Bat-Sheva Dance Company School, the Stuttgart Ballet and the Ballet Theatre Contemporaine in Paris. He has performed under the direction of Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow, among others. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel, Sharir is the founder of both the American Deaf Dance Company and the Sharir Dance Company. As a multiple recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship, he has choreographed for such companies such as the Bat-Sheva Dance Company, Hartford Ballet, Dallas Ballet, the Kibbutz Dance Company of Israel and the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre. He was a recipient of an Arts And Virtual Environments two-year fellowship awarded by the Banff Center for the Arts and is engaged in extensive international lectures and workshops directly related to the issues of virtual environments, cyberspace and computerized choreography. In 2013, he was awarded a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Plymouth, England for a programme of work entitled "Beyond the Electronic Connection: The Technologically Manufactured Cyber-Human and Its Physical Human Counterpart in Performance: A Theory Related to Convergence Identities."