Lunch with the Arts: Tracey Bonner

April 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Community Arts Center
401 W Main St
Danville, KY 40422

Lunch with the Arts: Tracey Bonner
Wednesday, April 19th
12pm | $7 at the door

Dance is an art form that has the ability to alter our individual and community perception of humanity.  In this month’s Lunch with the Arts presentation, dancer and choreographer Tracey Bonner will share her work using dance to expand knowledge and perception of our humanitarian responsibilities. 

As a recipient of the Al Smith Artistic Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, Tracey utilizes the idea of ‘Dance for Social Change’ to help combat our preconceived ideas. She says, “By using movement arts to reflect back to society its own prejudices and limitations, we are better able to emphasize our responsibilities to humanity.”  Through my work in dance, I utilize these ideas to expand knowledge and perception of our humanitarian responsibilities.  

Tracey will be presenting and discussing two specific works at Lunch with the Arts.  An Ethical Mandate (premiered in 2013, restaged in 2016) and An Ingrown Life (premiered in 2014, restaged in 2015) were created and presented with these ideas in mind.  An Ethical Mandate was a creation in response to The Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut in 2012.  An Ingrown Life was a response to a personal tragedy and a response to empathy and how to become more empathetic. 

Tracey is the Dance Coordinator within the theatre and dance program in the School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University. She has performed in venues across the country and has received numerous awards for her works as a choreographer and director. Tracey says, “We each have the ability to become more human and active participation and use of the arts, especially for me how dance can empower us to change the world, one step at a time.”