manidoons collective co-presented by Theatre Passe Muraille and Native Earth Performing Arts

bug follows The Girl as she navigates her way through her intergenerational trauma while being followed by Manidoons, the physical manifestation of her addictions. Performed and created by Yolanda Bonnell (NOW Magazine’s Artists to Watch 2016), the 2019 Dora-nominated physical performance weaves stories of Indigenous women grappling with their painful past and making tough choices to survive in this country. 

Each performance will have a post-show Q&A.


Mainspace Theatre  |  16 Ryerson Ave.

Running Time:

approx. 60 minutes

If you would like information on the topics or themes in our productions, or to determine the suggested age for attending a performance, please reach out to our Box Office staff at 416-504-7529 or by email.

February 2020


Yolanda Bonnell (Ojibwe-South Asian)


Created by Yolanda Bonnell (Ojibwe-South Asian)

Directed by Cole Alvis (Métis)

Dramaturgy by Yvette Nolan (Algonquin)

Scenography by Jay Havens (Haudenosaunee / Mohawk)

Lighting Design by Michel Charbonneau (Anishnaabe/Mohawk/euro)

Original Music by DJ Classic Roots (Ojibway/Blackfoot) & Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora)

Sound Design by Maddie Bautista (Filipino)

Movement Facilitation by Aria Evans (Mi’kmaq/Black/settler)

Knowledge Keeper Pauline Shirt (Plains Cree)

Relaxed Performance – Sun. Feb. 16 at 2:00pm

ASL Interpreted Performance – Sat. Feb. 15 at 7:30pm and  Thurs. Feb. 20 at 7:30pm

Ticket Prices:

General Admission $

Senior $

Arts Worker $

Under 30 $

The Prelude is a pre-show chat between Artisitic Director Marjorie Chan and a member of the community. Come join them as they discuss some of the themes highlighted in the show, bringing a broader understanding of the piece to you,  the audience.

The Prelude begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday February 12th.

manidoons collective is a circle of artists creating Indigenous performance. The artistic leadership includes Yolanda Bonnell (Ojibwe-South Asian) and Cole Alvis (Métis) both based in Tkarón:to.

Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous performing arts company. Currently in our 37th year, we are dedicated to developing, producing and presenting professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada.

Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Indigenous community who actively participate in the arts.