The Summer is for Fireflies

image: Abe Mendoza

August 2008 to July 2010

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An ongoing series of short music and movement street theater pieces performed in public spaces, intended for any accidental onlooker. Conceived, created and organized by Fannie Hungerford and Joshua Dumas, with Fannie handling more of the choreography and Joshua handling more of the music and sound. To date the group has staged twelve unique performances, all over Chicago, from Millennium Park to Pilsen to Lincoln Square. And, in Iowa City!

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One Thing and Everything Else

image: Carl Sweets

April 2010 to May 2010

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An experimental semi-opera by New Beast Theatre Works at The Building Stage

Drawing from the spare prose of Raymond Carver's “Gazebo,” New Beast presents an original opera that spans memory and imagination via prose, song, and dramatic performance.

Devised and Directed by David Amaral. Devised and Composed by Joshua Dumas. Developed and performed by Eddie Bennett, Ruth Bistrow, Pamela Maurer, James Whittington.

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Rock Proper

November 2008 to May 2010

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Rock Proper is an online music distributor providing high quality, album-length downloads with the legal consent of their creators. Please download this music, burn it, share it and stay tuned for future releases. Conceived by Casey Meehan, created and maintained by Casey Meehan, Joshua Dumas, Matt DeWine, and Bob Kuo.

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Wild Nights With Emily

March 2010 to April 2010

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by Madeleine Olnek
Directed by Meghan Beals McCarthy
Produced by Caffeine Theatre

A quirky queer comedy about Emily Dickinson’s secret life.

Starring Jessica Bennett, Dana Black, Carey Lee Burton, Annie Calhoun, Amanda Hartley, Ian Novak, Ian Randall, Lauren Vitz. Directed by Meghan Beals Mccarthy. Associate Directed, Dramaturged, and Choreographed by Jennifer Shook. Assistant Directed/Stage Managed by Courtney Miller. Costumes Designed by Alarie Hammock & Samantha Umstead. Set Designed by Stephen Carmody. Lighting Designed by Casey Diers w/ Chase Corman. Music by Joshua Dumas.

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Remember the Maine

January 2009 to January 2010

Monthly improvised music series featuring members of May or May Not, Notes & Scratches, A Company, Demons, Where the Moon Came From, Black Apple and more.

at the Whistler
2421 N Milwaukee Ave.

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Notes & Scratches

image: Cortney Groves

February 2005 to December 2009

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Pop music group.

Anika Balaconis — horn, keys, vocals
Joshua Dumas — vocals, guitar
Jason Eckerson — bass, vocals
Robbie Hamilton — drums, vocals
Whitney Johnson — viola, keys, vocals
Music composed collaboratively, words by Joshua Dumas

On (real long) hiatus!

Have produced three recordings, Uh-Oh (2006), and To the Other Side (2009) are available for free download at Rock Proper. Grace Notes (2009) is available on our site.

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the Whistler Storefront Gallery

image: Joseph Baldwin

October 2008 to June 2009

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The Whistler is a music venue, artspace and bar in Logan Square that features site-specific installations in its Storefront Gallery, that was curated by Joshua Dumas to showcase the work of emerging Chicago artists.


Past shows:
Mark Benson :: Totally Permanent
Johannah Silva :: Swimming to Eternity
carlsweets :: analog gravity
Joseph Baldwin’s :: Body Maps

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Blue Ribbon Glee Club

image: Rob Brenner

March 2007 to July 2008

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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.

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Reconstruction Room :: Your Way With Words Makes Me Act A Fool

June 2008

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Readings and performances by Pat Babbitt, Meg Barboza, Nicolette Bond, Dave Digangi, Chris Dingwall, Joshua Dumas, Lindsey Fisher, Katie Hartsock, Erin Teegarden.

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Antigone Coffeehouse :: the Birds

April 2008

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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.

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Reconstruction Room :: the Four Seasons

April 2008

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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

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Bring May Flowers 2

image: Marika Mashburn

May 2007

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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.

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Reconstruction Room :: Love-Letters Between a Noble-Man and his Sister

April 2007

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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.

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Muted Tones

image: Joshua Dumas

September 2002 to March 2007

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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.

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Winter Button-up :: Tense Forms 3nd Winter Showcase

image: Joshua Dumas

February 2007

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We solicited contributions from over 50 artists and exhibited over 1000 one inch buttons.

with performances by
The Notes and Scratches
Ash in Pensacola
Casey Meehan
Ami Saraiya (of Radiant Darling)

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Around the Coyote :: Machine Media

February 2007

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Readings by Amy Phillips, Jonathan Messinger and Joshua Dumas.

Listen to a recording of Joshua’s story, Jessica at Fall of Autumn.

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About:

Joshua Dumas is a composer, sound artist, filmmaker, and writer, working in multiple media.
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