Yvon is Programme Leader for the Doctor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts). He likes voices that do what voices don't usually do. He likes unruly bodies. He makes artworks starting from these voices and bodies. He currently holds a Large Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust and funding from Arts Council England to collaborate with speech scientists on the development of a series of participatory, extra-normal voice artworks for children and families, including the Voice Bubbles iPad app. His publications range from traditional academic formats to creative and online alternatives. He has presented, shown work and guest taught in numerous countries.
Recently Yvon has begun exploring work for underserved audiences, including experimental works for children and R&D for artworks with persons of different 'ability' levels. He is increasingly collaborating with digital and visual artists, and is also enjoying working with voice and speech scientists and experts to develop metaphors that inspire his current projects.
He is the Convener of the Centre for Performance Practice and Research, a focus for researchers in the Department of Performing Arts with a range of research interests in the fields of theatre, dance and performance studies. Further information on this new centre is forthcoming.
Prof. Bonenfant delivered his Inaugural Lecture in Feb. 2016 (find out more).