belladonna luna sonata

October 2015 to November 2015


On an island estate, an aging maestro (alone but for his faithful butler) shares with a humble gardener his story of a life lived for music – oh, and the time he tried to destroy the world. A melanchomedy about music, lost love, memory, and literally world-shattering art.

Written by Robert Stewart
Directed by Greg Peters
Original Music by Joshua Dumas

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Music for 36.5

August 2015 to August 2015


36.5 is Sarah Cameron Sunde’s durational performance with the sea. Sunde stands for a full tidal cycle as water engulfs her up to her neck and then recedes again. Past iterations in Bass Harbor, Maine, Akumal, Mexico, San Francisco, California, and Katwijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

Composer Joshua Dumas has scored excerpts of the last two performances and created a full 12 hour score to accompany documentation of the Netherlands performance.

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the Penelopiad

August 2014 to February 2015


Based on Margaret Atwood's novella, “The Penelopiad.”

Directed by Erica Barnes
Assistant Director Lexi Saunders
Original Music by Joshua Dumas
Environment and Object Design by Sarah Coleman
Costume Design by Carla Hamilton
Dramaturgy by Sarah Sapperstein
With Mary Jo Bolduc, Jackie Davies, Avery Glassman, Sheena Laird, Genevieve Lally-Knuth, Lynnette Li, Jabu Mickle-Molefe, Nelia Miller, Meredith Montgomery, Katya Schexnaydre, Lisa Siciliano, Carolyn Sinon, Danielle Trudeau, Tamara White

Listen to selections from the score.

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Quarter Mile Thunder

November 2013 to December 2014


Drone folk.

Ben Clarke — vocals, guitar
Jim Duffy — drums
Johnny Caluya — guitar
Jordan Martins — bass, steel guitar
Joshua Dumas — keys
Matt DeWine — sonics

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Echoes at Watermill

image: Joshua Dumas

October 2014 to November 2014


Expanded and new material based on music composed while in residence at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center for Lydian Junction's “Born for Nothing,” Oct 2014.

Born for Nothing
directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde
with Dages Juvelier Keates, Oliver Burns, Christopher Berg, Karla Carballar, Tegan Ritz McDuffie, Natalia Roumelioti / ntilit, Joshua Dumas, Anna Kiraly, Laura Mrozkowski.

Composed, performed and recorded (mostly live) by Joshua Dumas, in the Watermill Center's Rehearsal Hall. The Rehearsal Hall, pictured above, has roughly 6 seconds of natural reverb.

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Born For Nothing

image: Karla Carballar

November 2014 to November 2014


While in residence at The Watermill Center, Lydian Junction will develop their current work, Born For Nothing, responding to the collection and grounds. On November 1, they will open their rehearsal process to the public and show a draft of the work.

directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde with dance artist Dages Juvelier Keates, composer Christopher Berg, actor Oliver Burns, video artist Karla Carballar, assistant director Tegan Ritz MacDuffie, composer Joshua Dumas, costumer Natalia Roumelioti, and set Anna Kiraly.

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Stress / De-stress

January 2014

A guided meditation and expanded cinema event. Amateur and industrial films from Chicago Film Archives, edited by Christy LeMaster, come alive through a three projector performance by Anne Wells, Chloe McLaren and Doug McLaren, accompanied by the words of Mairead Case and Ed Crouse, and the sounds of Joshua Dumas.

Nightingale July 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago March 2014

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Crimes Against Humanity

July 2013


Director: Jerzy Rose
Screenwriters: Halle Butler, Jerzy Rose
Cinematography: Robert Cauble
Music: Joshua Dumas

A sweet and trusting young woman is repeatedly injured in bizarre accidents, but her overconfident boyfriend is far from sympathetic - he's busy playing power games at the university where he works.

Cast: Mike Lopez, Lyra Hill, Ted Tremper, Adam Paul, Buki Bodunrin, Tommy Heffron, Joshua Dumas

Screened at Siskel Center, Slamdance, Atlanta Underground Film Fest

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image: David Amaral

March 2013 to March 2013


Crime and Punishment adapted as play with music by Kira Obolensky
directed by David Amaral
original music by Joshua Dumas

Performed by Caitlin Costello, Matthew Dealy, Amanda Jane Dunne, David Fink, Hannah Gomez, Mark Plonsky, Eunice Woods, Joe Zarrow, Joshua Dumas, Max Wirt

Performances on March 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 8:00 PM
At Berger Coach House

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the Woods’breath

image: Kaitlyn Busbee

November 2012 to February 2013

A dancefilm by Fannie Hungerford and Joshua Dumas

Starring Amy Barr, Monica Basile, Elizabeth Bergman, Daisy McKinlay, Nicole Morford, Jennifer Weber, Alicia Weidner.

Cinematography by Kaitlyn Busbee, Chelsea Harrison, Alex Richard

Choreography by Fannie Hungerford, music by Joshua Dumas

Watch the trailer!
Coming Spring 2013.

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