This is Part 3 in an ongoing collaboration with The Bicycle Opera Project in conjunction with their production of SWEAT; a modern, a capella opera about the struggles a group of garment factory workers endure in order to build better lives for themselves. To read the rest of the interviews click here.
To see a short video of this production, click here:
These interviews are Part 2 in an ongoing series that spotlights the cast of the upcoming production of SWEAT, an a cappella opera that will be touring Ontario by bicycle this summer If you haven’t read our previous post about our collaboration with The Bicycle Opera Company, click here to dive in!
The Bicycle Opera Project has released their tour dates for summer 2017 at long last! To see their full tour schedule, click here. As part of my ongoing collaboration with BOP I got to sit down with the cast and discuss the ins and outs of an opera company that tours on two wheels. Click the Read More link to see our discussion on polyglot performances, the garment industry, and how these artists find inspiration in day to day life.
As an ethically minded small business owner, I receive emails proposing collaborative opportunities on the regular. But this January I was contacted about something that stood out as an idea I could really get behind.
A Toronto based outfit called The Bicycle Opera Project would be running a production called SWEAT this summer. The piece is based on sweatshop workers who are struggling to form a union with dreams of a better life. The company itself is incredibly innovative. Each summer they launch a new production, touring by bicycle. Their aim is to make opera more accessible. They sing in English and present contemporary material. Their idea was to partner with a Toronto based ethical clothing company to create a cross-promotion.
As an ardent supporter and member of Fashion Revolution, I was sold. Fashion Revolution is a global organization that aims to make the industry more sustainable and ethical by valuing people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.