Choreographer David Earle launches A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival in Guelph and Toronto

Dec. 05, 2017

Choreographer David Earle launches A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival in Guelph and Toronto

Dancetheatre David Earle (Guelph) and House of ShAkE (Toronto) are pleased to announce the hardcover and paperback publication of David Earle’s A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival, with events in Guelph and Toronto on December 16 and 17, 2017, respectively. Books will available for purchase and signing, and there will be a gift-wrapping station . The book makes a beautiful holiday present!

Guelph book launch & sale: December 16, 2017, 2-5 p.m., Atmosphere Café, 24 Carden St., Guelph

Toronto book launch & sale: December 17, 2017, 1-4 p.m., Pear Tree Restaurant, 507 Parliament St., Toronto

A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival is a scrapbook, in Earle’s own words and images, on subjects that have challenged and rewarded him: dance, dancers, teaching, Martha Graham, music, art, Life, Love, ecstasy itself…

WHEN I FIRST ENVISIONED this book, I imagined having some broad, general advice to share. Entering into it, I find that no generalizations are possible. Yet having collected memories, feelings and images for many years, I must now give form to the epic piles of pictures and handwritten notes that surround me.

But you cannot write a “how to” book about an art form. So I intend this book for those who don’t dance, and for those whose fate it is to be an artist in dance – for the curious, the hungry, for those wishing for another window on this Life’s possibilities.             – David Earle

This full-colour, 100-page volume was preceded, in 2016, by the DtDE/HoS publication of Study for “A Handbook of Ecstatic Survival.” As with that book, a highly successful fundraising effort, we are offering a small number of hardcover editions, individually personalized by David with additional images and handwritten notes. These limited editions are sold in support of the further online and printed development of the project, and come with a charitable donation receipt.

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CONTACT: If you would like more information, please contact Michael English at 519-837-2746 or email at

SPECIAL THANKS: Dancetheatre David Earle gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support. This project was made possible with the support of the Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Award Program.

ABOUT DAVID EARLE: David Earle is one of Canada’s most beloved dance icons. In a career spanning over 50 years, he has created more than 150 works, to international acclaim. His deeply musical approach to dance has influenced generations of dancers, and the powerful, eloquent artists who breathe Life into his work have been adored by audiences around the world.

ABOUT DtDE: Dancetheatre David Earle, a charitable nonprofit organization, was founded in 1997 to promote education and artistic development in the field of modern dance. Since 2001, the company has been based out of Guelph, Ontario. DtDE provides professional level dance programming to generations of dancers and audience members who share David Earle’s vision of dance as an expression of the human condition. With over 50 new choreographed works since its founding, the company continues to present and teach Mr. Earle’s work both nationally and internationally.

ABOUT HoS: House of ShAKE works in print, performance, music and media. It was founded in 2016 by Michael R. Caplan, drawing on a 40-year background in publishing, contemporary theatre, professional singing, and theoretical and creative writing. In 2006, Michael created the layout for Michele Green’s David Earle: A Choreographic Biography (DCD Press/es), described by reviews as a “magnificent new volume” and “elegantly designed,” and selected by the Toronto Star as part of the Complete Dance Library for 2006. This new company develops projects both in-House and with HoS guests