A thirty member choir that covers punk and rock classics completely a’cappella. Founded by Whitney Johnson, Dee Clements and Joshua Dumas. Though its founders have left, the group continues to have terrific success performing through-out Chicago at venues like the Lakeshore Theater, the Hideout Block Party, the Abbey Pub, the Vic, and Millennium Park.
Reconstruction Room :: Your Way With Words Makes Me Act A Fool
Readings and performances by Pat Babbitt, Meg Barboza, Nicolette Bond, Dave Digangi, Chris Dingwall, Joshua Dumas, Lindsey Fisher, Katie Hartsock, Erin Teegarden.
Antigone Coffeehouse :: the Birds
A new movement piece inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone, as part of DePaul University’s “Year of Antigones.” Choreographed by Fannie Hungerford, with original music written and performed by Whitney Johnson and Joshua Dumas.
Reconstruction Room :: the Four Seasons
Readings and performances by Meg Barboza, Nicolette Bond, Jason Bredle, Sunny Byers, Nina Corwin, Abby Cucci with Sam Wagster, David Digangi, Amber Drea, Joshua Dumas, Eric Elshtain, Krista Franklin, Elizabeth Graettinger, Allison Gruber, Miki Howald, eric lab rat, Sondra Morin, Matthias Regan, Erin Teegarden
Bring May Flowers 2
A collaboration between Marika Mashburn (with the House Theatre) and Joshua Dumas (with Tense Forms) to create a three day variety show styled festival of music, magic, dance, poetry, film and theatre, all celebrating Spring. From a 1940s radio booth to a post-apocalyptic future, nine new vignettes from nine different voices intertwine to tell a story of flowering, from the soil cradling to the blossom awakening.
Reconstruction Room :: Love-Letters Between a Noble-Man and his Sister
Readings and performances by Robert Buscemi, Joshua Dumas, Sarah Guernsey (voice recording), Mary Hamilton, Robert Kowalczyk, Tina Post, Erin Teegarden and Della Watson, Jenny Walton-Wetzel. Curated by Joshua Dumas.
September 2002 to March 2007
Muted Tones was an online sound and music series curated by Joshua Dumas. Each month, musicians and sound artists were encouraged to produce new, original, ten minute recordings and document their process, progress, and thoughts. Remarkable individuals created absolutely remarkable things, from drone-scapes to found sound collages to folk songs to avant-garde improvisations to chamber music.
Winter Button-up :: Tense Forms 3nd Winter Showcase
We solicited contributions from over 50 artists and exhibited over 1000 one inch buttons.
with performances by
The Notes and Scratches
Ash in Pensacola
Ami Saraiya (of Radiant Darling)
Around the Coyote :: Machine Media
Readings by Amy Phillips, Jonathan Messinger and Joshua Dumas.
Listen to a recording of Joshua’s story, Jessica at Fall of Autumn.
Reconstruction Room :: Mass Observation
Readings and performances by Meg Barboza, eric blank, Nicolette Bond, Sunny Byers, Tommy DeAngelo, David Digangi, Joshua Dumas, Impulse/Control, Miki Howald, Trinette Mura, Dave Snyder, Erin Teegarden, Della Watson.
Six by Five #4
A handbound, meandering, accordion fold zine of words, images and a map that explore the senses. Designed by Elizabeth Boyne, edited by Joshua Dumas.
With contributions from Susie Harkins, Nora McComiskey, carlsweets, Matt Rose, Sangini Brahmbhatt, Joanne Diaz, Jeremy Ohmes, Katy Didden, Elizabeth Boyne, Brendan Meehan, Jessica Neafsey.
Portraits in Stutter
36 page handbound zine featuring rough sketches, loose profiles, cut-up interviews, semi-portraits, of Jenny Walton-Wetzel and Andy Wagner. Bound with twine in blue cardstock and vellum, the covers hold actual prints of the subjects. Words, photographs and assembly by Joshua Dumas.
May 2006 to September 2006
A summer series of lectures, performance art, readings and music conceived and organized by Kirk Bravender and Joshua Dumas and hosted by South Union Arts.
Cl*sterf*ck :: Tense Forms 3rd Summer Showcase
Art by Cortney Groves, Craig Blakeman, Dominica Wasilewska, Jaime Roche & Susie Harkins, Jen Haybach, Jen Jacobucci, Johannah Silva, Joshua Holden, Kelly Reynolds, Kirk Bravender, Mark Benson, Nora McComiskey, RM5, Sangini Brahmbhatt, t. Thomas Hardie
Music by Ami Saraiya, Jason Frederick, Ben Gray, Dave Vandervelde, John Kleyn, Casey Meehan, Ben Clarke, Joshua Dumas, Jeremy Ohmes, Domenico Ferri, Fergus Kaiser, Mark Benson, Steve Quantock, Robbie Hamilton, Justin Trombly, Matt Dewine, Anika Balaconis, Chris Kralik, Johnny Caluya, Derek James, Nick Miers, Kris Poulin
Casey Meehan and the Delta Still
May 2002 to September 2006
Casey Meehan — vocals, piano, guitar
Scott Cedro — baritone saxophone
Joshua Dumas — bass
Ben Gray — drums
Mark Benson — drums
Allison Stanley — clarinet
Sarah Renée Bertsch — vocals
Andy Wagner — guitar
All songs composed by Casey Meehan.
Produced one recording Violet, available soon at Rock Proper.
Music with Meaning 7
Readings from Rob Christopher, Todd Dills, Jeff Disler, Joshua Dumas, Billy Roberts, Scott Smith and Mitchell Szczepancyzk, hosted by Aaron Cynic and Brandon Wetherbee @ Mojoe’s Hot House.