Welcome to Michael Caplan’s House of ShAkE

Welcome to Michael Caplan’s House of ShAkE

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​House of ShAkE is … 


A production house in various media, a publishing house dedicated to print and books, and a playhouse for performances, events, discussions, and more

A home-away-from-home for creators working in the “House style,” characterized by vital content and crossover appeal

My own home-base – I’m Michael R. Caplan, “Renaissance Man of the House”: director, performer, designer, writer, singer of down-home Porch Songs – and your host!

House of ShAkE is a company, a website, and a brand – an inn at the crossroads, a hot-house for incubation, a safe space for danger, an “ark for real” in a sea of unreal... 


“The HouseWarming Fund”

Help us get the House off the ground! 

As thanks for every donation of $100 or more, we'll send you the 2nd edition of David Earle's A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival, an “unusual and utterly engaging book” (The Dance Current)

Click here to learn more about our fundraising — 

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The Suites
(House projects)

David Earle "A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival"


2nd printing of A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival

Images and texts by world-renowned Canadian choreographer and teacher, David Earle

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1st Monologue now online

A series of portraits in sound by Gilles Goyette, taken from unscripted monologues recorded in the intimacy of a noise-insulated bathroom



Preview online

A NOW Magazine “Must See” of the Toronto Contact Festival!

Film by Gilles Goyette, with his original score



In development

Subtitled Why Boxing Can Tell Us More About Who We Are Than Any Other Human Activity on the Planet – by celebrated dancer Bill Coleman

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Suite 13


In development

A  theatre-in-education and literacy resource exploring works by “zooming in” on single pages, devised by House of ShAkE

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Suite 2

Porch Songs

Michael Caplan’s downhome music – classic country, folk, blues, standards – from the Porch of ShAkE and other porches around town and beyond



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Four galleries of original works by Gilles Goyette: The Conceptual Works, My Life in 23 Paintings, Journal Pages and Notebooks, and Paintings

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Coming in August

A series of downloadable Short Books for Busy Times on art, music, film and literature by Donald Brackett, author of Yoko Ono: An Artful Life

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In development

A serialized apartment-performance by Michael R Caplan using Euripides’ tragedy and original “Unsung Songs,” streamed live

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In development

A “Tempest” in a Box, with Instructions – out of which the performance is “unpacked” live by small, gently-rehearsed groups – devised by House of ShAkE

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July 24: 2nd annual event

Livestreamed dramatic reading by Michael R Caplan, an annual commemoration of the composer’s 1933 “Re-entry into the Community of Israel” 

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1st four now online

Gilles Goyette paints in sound, as well as in oils. The Dora Mavor Moore Award-nominated composer for contemporary dance

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In development

The first House of ShAkE commission!

An original dance work by David Earle,

to a score by Gilles Goyette

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In development

Theorizing and discussing "meaning, now" – by Michael R Caplan, author of numerous papers and an essay for an upcoming book

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Client-contracted design, editing, publishing and production services in print and various media, by House of ShAkE creators and consultants