​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... 

Welcome! 

“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)

PRINT
MEDIA
David Earle "A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival"

PRINT

2nd printing of A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival

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

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MEDIA

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

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MEDIA

Preview online

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

Film by Gilles Goyette, with his original score

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PRINT

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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PERFORMANCE

Suite 13

Stage-A-Page

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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MUSIC

Suite 2

Porch Songs

Livestreaming again soon

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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MEDIA

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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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MEDIA

1st ebook in June

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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PERFORMANCE

In development

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

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PERFORMANCE

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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PERFORMANCE

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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MEDIA

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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PERFORMANCE

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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PRINT/MEDIA

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 SERVICES

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