preformed & created by Yolanda Bonnell

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bug by Yolanda Bonnell is a 60 minute solo show about women of an Indigenous family navigating addiction and inter-generational trauma. When their addictions manifest as manidoons (Ojibwe word for bug, insect or worm), the creature burrows beneath their skin, pushing them beyond the brink.

Using movement, poetry, and prose, creator/performer Yolanda Bonnell weaves stories of women grappling with their painful past and making tough choices to survive. This work is honest, unflinching, and raw; it will take your breath away.

Originally developed at Native Earth Performing Arts’ Weesageechak Begins To Dance festival, the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and the SummerWorks Festival in Tkarón:to, bug continued its development with presentations on Coast Salish Territories during Intrepid Theatre’s UNO FEST (May 2018) in Victoria, BC and rEvolver Festival (May 2018) in Vancouver, BC in preparation for the world premiere at Luminato (June 2018). Future presentations include a Treaty 7 tour in January 2019 with stops at High Performance Rodeo in Calgary and a community presentation at the Kainai First Nation.

manidoons collective works with presenters to add community presentations in neighbouring Indigenous communities while on tour. This is an opportunity for our collective of artists to engage with local Indigenous leaders and for the presenters to develop and/or maintain relationships with the Peoples upon whose land their venue stands.