ribcage: this wide passage

March 3 - 8, 2015
Tue - Fri 8pm
Sat 4pm & 8pm
Sun Matinee 3pm
Pay-What-You-Can Wed 1pm | Half price preview March 3, 8pm

NOTE – The Wed March 4, 8pm performance has been cancelled due to the chemical fire at the Port. If you have questions feel free to call our box office.

The startling true story of Esther Brandeau, a Jewish woman from the French Basque region who arrives in 18th century Quebec City as a Christian male labourer. Outed on both counts and brought before authorities upon arrival, Brandeau is said to be the first Jewish person to set foot in what is now known as Canada.

In this beautifully poetic and moving multimedia performance, Toronto spoken word artist Heather Hermant brings to life the historical archives that illustrate Brandeau’s journey with haunting video installations, breathtaking live music and a powerful performance. ribcage: this wide passage is a bold, little-known Canadian foundation tale about displacement and identity, and a meditation on the meaning of history.

“The archive breathes, it grows, it sings, it is physical in this room.” – Tara Lee, CBC Radio

Written and performed by Heather Hermant
Directed by Diane Roberts
Original Music by Jaron Freeman-Fox



Thurs March 5, 8pm. 

ribcage: this wide passage Director Diane Roberts in conversation with performer Heather Hermant and writers and artists Nicola Harwood and d lee williams about new performance work that challenges performance and gender norms. This talkback is a part of CHURN, a national initiative to provoke conversation about women and feminist practice in the arts.

A Firehall Arts Centre presentation
Produced by urban ink productions