Presented by Bicycle Opera Project

August 3-6, 2017
in Aki Studio

Sweat is an a cappella opera for nine singers by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton about the global garment industry.

Scored for chorus and four soloists performing in English as well as Cantonese, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Hungarian, Sweat seeks to bring the audience into the heart of a contemporary sweatshop. What do these workers dream of while sewing sleeves all day? Was life better in the village left behind? What choice did they make? Plunging headfirst into the ethical conundrums of the garment trade, this opera offers a window into the lives of the workers who clothe us.

Artistic Director: Larissa Koniuk
Stage Director: Banuta Rubess
Music Director: Geoffrey Sirett
Designer: Sonja Rainey
Lightng Designer: Kai Masaoka
Stage Manager: Julia Howman

Union Organizer: Stephanie Tritchew
Overseer: Catherine Daniel
Neighbour: Larissa Koniuk
Owner: Chris Enns
Caitlin Wood
Justine Owen
Emma Char
Alexandra Beley
Cindy Won

Running time is approximately 70 minutes.
There is no intermission.


Regular Tickets $35
Arts Worker & Students $25
All taxes and ticket fees are included.


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Box Office Telephone: 416-531-1402
Email: boxoffice[at]nativeearth.ca
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The Bicycle Opera Project is the only Canadian opera company that tours by bicycle. Designed to bring contemporary Canadian music to smaller communities where there is little opportunity to hear it, the company closes the gap between audiences and singers by performing in intimate spaces, in the vernacular, and by engaging in an annual tour that is ecologically responsible More Info

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