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Heather Hermant

Heather Hermant is a Canadian scholar and multidisciplinary performing artist based in Tkaronto (Toronto). She holds a PhD in Gender Studies from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, with a dissertation on Esther Brandeau | Jacques La Fargue. She has most recently published on the topic in The Sephardic Atlantic: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Perspectives. Her body of performance work stemming from the Brandeau | La Fargue story has included the mainstage theatre work ribcage:   this wide passage translated to French and performed as thorax : une cage en éclats; and the experimental one-on-one performance Aujourdhuy / This Day, 1738. She is Lead Coordinator, Academic Initiatives at the Centre for Community Partnerships, University of Toronto.

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Esther Brandeau

Esther Brandeau was born in southwestern France around 1718, descended from exiles of the Inquisition in Iberia. Brandeau passed as Christian and male across France for five years before setting sail as Jacques La Fargue. Doubly outed at or en route to Québec, Brandeau | La Fargue was ultimately deported from New France, purportedly for refusing to convert to Christianity.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Heather Hermant." (Viewed on May 28, 2023) <>.


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