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NOW magazine’s ‘theatre artist to watch 2016’ Yolanda Bonnell’s stars in her new solo show about a young Indigenous woman’s journey, the cycle of addiction and intergenerational trauma.

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June 20-21 (previews)
June 22-24

 

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Post show talk

   

There will be a post show talk with Yolanda Bonnell following each performance.

No photography

 
 

Please be aware of the following during this event: Water-based haze machine, mature content and extreme air conditioning (62 F / 16 C).

No intermission. No late entry. 

No food or drink inside the theatre.

Relaxed Performance

   

Relaxed Performance on June 23 at 1 PM

ASL

   

ASL Performance on on June 23 at 6 PM

   
   
WORLD PREMIERE

bug is a timely reflection on the cycles of abuse and addiction in which too many Indigenous women in contemporary Canada find themselves. Yolanda Bonnell, an exciting young performer and playwright of Ojibwe and South Asian descent, was named one of NOW Magazine's Toronto theatre artists to watch in 2016. Bonnell gives life to this story with visibility and resilience through poetry, prose, and song.
Startling newcomer
— The Globe and Mail (The Crackwalker, 2016)
bug is a solo physical theatre piece about the life of The Girl; taken from her alcoholic Mother and cycled through the damaging foster care system, The Girl develops an addictive personality that clings to anything that gives her power or makes her feel loved. As The Girl grows so do her addictions and they manifest as the creature Manidoons (Ojibwe word for bug, insect or worm). When Manidoons takes over her addictions become more and more dangerous.
 
Previously workshopped locally at Weesageechak Begins To Dance, SummerWorks, Rhubarb, and this May on unceded Coast Salish territory at UNO Fest and rEvolver Festival, this powerful show now gets its world premiere at Luminato.
 
bug is being created in Tkarón:to where the original caretakers include the Mississauga of New Credit First Nation, as well as other Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples
 
 
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Produced with commissioning support from Native Women in the Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts, National Arts Centre - The Collaborations, and Luminato.
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manidoons collective

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NOW magazine’s ‘theatre artist to watch 2016’ Yolanda Bonnell’s stars in her new solo show about a young Indigenous woman’s journey, the cycle of addiction and intergenerational trauma.

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Reviews

“Yolanda Bonnell gives one of the most memorable performances of Factory's entire season. Her innocence … is so full of raw emotion, it's simply heartbreaking.”
– Broadwayworld.com (The Crackwalker, 2016)

Creative Team

CREATED AND PERFORMED BY
Yolanda Bonnell

DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Cole Alvis

STAGE MANAGER
Ashley Bomberry

MOVEMENT COACH
Aria Evans

DRAMATURG
Yvette Nolan

SCENOGRAPHY
Jay Havens

LIGHTING AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Michel Charbonneau

SOUND DESIGN
Maddie Bautista

MUSIC COMPOSED BY
DJ Classic Roots & Jennifer Kreisberg
 

STITCHER
Kinoo Arcentales & Chelsea Reinders

SET CONSTRUCTION
Tim Hill

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Lisa Alves & Olivia Shortt

PRODUCING CONSULTANT
Kristina Lemieux

KNOWLEDGE KEEPER:
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