A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival

"I have collected memories, feelings, and images for many years, and have been looking for the most appealing way to share them. I must now give form to the epic piles of handwritten notes and pictures that surround me. 

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. As we have witnessed, generalizations can be dangerous to human Life. 

So this Handbook is really a scrapbook of those subjects that challenge and reward me: dance, teaching, Martha Graham, music, art, creation, Life, Love, ecstasy itself . . .

It is intended for the curious, the hungry - for those wishing for another window on Life's possibilities."

- David Earle


"A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival is an unusual and utterly engaging book. It is a selection and compilation of David Earle’s notebooks from the beginnings of his long and illustrious journey in dance. I kept picking it up, putting it down and picking it up to delve in again. When I’d made my way to the end through the abundant photographs, handwritten notes and deeply moving memories, it was clear that the book is a window to the soul of an extraordinary artist."

- James Reid, Susan Marie Turner, The Dance Current

read the full review HERE


This project was made possible with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council's Chalmers Awards Fellowship.



A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival is produced by Dancetheatre David Earle and published by House of ShAkE.

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