Special Event Screening - tickets must be purchased through Kingston Grand Box Office (not eligible on a KCFF Film Pass).  Tickets go on sale at 10am, Mon Feb 6, 2023.

snap shots of the film, with KCFF in white up the side

When the pandemic hit, most performers had to imagine new ways of working. Toronto's independent opera producer Bicycle Opera Project decided to revisit SWEAT, a contemporary Canadian opera that premiered in NYC in 2016. With choreographer and dancer Jennifer Nichols (Netflix's Tiny Pretty Things) at the helm, SWEAT is not simply a recorded stage-version; instead it seamlessly merges contemporary dance and operatic storytelling with evocative and striking imagery. Filmed on location at NGB Studios in Kingston, SWEAT tells the story of a group of women working in the garment industry and sets their individual aspirations against the unrelenting demands of global capitalism. With a percussive score performed by the cast of professional singers (led by music director Geoffrey Sirett, who now lives and works in Kingston), SWEAT is undeniably an opera (there is no spoken dialogue) but,perhaps best of all for those who attend, no previous opera experience is required. World premiere at KCFF23!

Director: Jennifer Nichols

Featuring: Catherine Daniel, Keith Lam, Larissa Koniuk, Stephanie Tritchew

Languages: English, Cantonese, Ukrainian, Spanish, Hungarian subtitled in English

Runtime: 70 minutes

Part of the 2023 Kingston Canadian Film Festival  kingcanfilmfest.com