Choreographer and longtime faculty member Yacov Sharir has donated his archive to the Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas, library officials announced Wednesday.

Sharir has been on the UT faculty for nearly 40 years.

His archive consists of video documentation of hundreds of dances between 1977 and 2015, as well as paper documentation (programs, photographs, press clippings, etc.) of the work of the American Deaf Dance Company, the Sharir Dance Company and Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks.

As a choreographer and teacher, Sharir has pioneered the use of new technologies, including virtual reality, intelligent fabrics and interactive systems in performance.

Sharir moved to Austin in 1978 where he founded the American Deaf Dance Company.

He was shortly thereafter invited to teach at UT where he developed a well-regarded university dance program. He founded UT’s professional company-in-residence, the Sharir Dance Company, in 1982, which became Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks (SBDW) in 1998, acknowledging José Luis Bustamante as co-artistic director.

Among the companies Sharir performed with in his career are the Batsheva Dance Company, the Israeli Ballet Company, Kibbutz Dance Company, the Stuttgart Ballet, and the Ballet-Théâtre Contemporain in Paris. His choreography has been performed for more than 70 dance companies around the world.

Read an interview with Katie Van Winkle, the research assistant on the Sharir archive project:


“Ad Mortus.” Choreographer: Yacov Sharir Composer/Sound Design: Bruce Pennycook Visuals: Joao Beira / Rodrigo Carvalho Costume Design: Kelsey Vidic