Pieces of the Storm

image: Keith B. Evans

December 2009 to March 2012

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A podcast. Joshua Dumas reads poems that he likes, set to original compositions.

Selections range from through-out the twentieth century, featuring poems by Matthew Dickman, Li-Young Lee, Mary Oliver, David Wojahn, Katie Ford and more.

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I Am Saying This Right Now

image: Lindsay Verstegen

January 2012 to February 2012

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Inspired by the work of Tony Schwartz, I Am Saying This Right Now is a mix of memories, scenes, and sound art exploring the human compulsion to document our lives.

Conceived and edited by: Kaitlin Byrd.

Directed by: Paul Kastner & Kim Miller.

Written by: Sid Branca, Kaitlin Byrd, Jeff Duhigg, Joshua Dumas, James Dunn, Paul Kastner, Brian Michael Lucas, Layne Manzer, Sara McCarthy, Ian Miller, Lindsay Verstegen, Andrea Wallace, and Jessica Wright Buha.

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Some Girls Never Learn

image: Jerzy Rose

June 2011 to June 2011

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Jerzy Rose‘s first feature film, which premiered at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, winning both the Audience Choice and the Made in Chicago awards.

Starring Jared Larson, Mike Lopez, Lyra Hill, Emily Irvine, Halle Butler, Chris Sullivan. Cinematography by Lori Felker. Music by Joshua Dumas. Written and directed by Jerzy Rose.

A university has found the leg bone of Amelia Earhart. A high school science teacher travels to the underworld to bring back his girlfriend. Animals are arranging themselves into concentric circles. Assumptions are made and hearts are broken.

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Telling of the Bees

January 2011 to May 2011

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The Telling of the Bees is abstract dance-theatre piece exploring the story of Claire, a woman trapped in a distracting world of screens, cell phones and status updates – and whose home is infiltrated by a swarm of honeybees. Claire’s fate and the fate of the bees are ultimately tied together, as the bees confront, interrupt, aggravate, guide and care for Claire through her everyday life.

Created by Michelle Milne, with Lindsay Nance, Joshua Dumas, and Ben Jacobs. Music by Joshua Dumas.

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The City in Which

image: Marianna Milhorat

April 2011 to April 2011

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The City in Which is an expanded cinema project based on Chicago poet Li-Young Lee’s “The City In Which I Love You”.

Joshua Dumas and Christy LeMaster distributed fresh rolls of 16mm film to a dozen experimental filmmakers, asking them to respond to the poem and to their own experience of living and making in Chicago. The resulting footage is spliced into a combined short accompanied by a live reading of the poem by Joshua, a performance built from and informed by the filmmakers’ images.

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Light Waves & Their Uses

image: Lindsay Verstegen

February 2011 to February 2011

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Light Waves & Their Uses is a new semi-opera based on the life of Albert Michelson. The original production was created and directed by David Amaral, created and composed by Joshua Dumas, and assistant directed by Max Wirt.

It was developed, devised, and performed by Daiva Bhandari, Ruth Bistrow, Katy Collins, Anthony DeMarco, Nicole Ripley, Jon Stutzman, and Lindsay Verstegen.

Produced by New Beast Theatre Works, with High Concept Laboratories, at the Building Stage in winter 2011.

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Songs in Unusual Spaces

image: Joshua Dumas

February 2011

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A video series.

Joshua Dumas makes short videos of himself performing in landscapes, rooms, or situations that influence the performance and contextualize the songs’ meanings. Locations thus far include a blizzard, a bubble machine, and a library’s grand hall. Songs are selections from Dumas’ back catalog, from bands like Notes & Scratches and Townline Road.

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Red Rider’s Lament

January 2011

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Jeremy Bessoff’s experimental stop motion animation western.

Featuring music by Joshua Dumas, Keith Kusterer, Tom McGettrick, Tom Santiago, and Sally Timms.

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The tragic-comic “Red Rider’s Lament” employs vintage plastic cowboys and construction paper sets to explore the enactment of masculinity in the Old West. The Rider enters the fold just as the West’s dust is settling. His haphazard wanderings cause him to confront manifest destiny and the changes it renders to the landscape and its inhabitants.

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Moon Far Ocean Deep

image: Jeremy Bessoff

October 2010

Moon Far Ocean Deep is a new play created and performed by Theatre Run. Members of the ensemble from Switzerland, UK, New York and Chicago worked for ten months via Skype, email, video and audio posts, to conceive and develop this new work. Then after a three-week intensive rehearsal period the company presented the show in a workshop performance at High Concept Labs.

Directed by Molly Feingold. Starring Martine Eichenberger, Sophie Fletcher, Marc Frost, Alex Lane and Anne Sorce. Lights by Josh Nelson. Video by Rand Sevilla. Music/Sound by Joshua Dumas.

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Townline Road

image: Anika Balaconis

July 2010 to July 2010

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Jason Eckerson and Anika Balaconis and I met up at Mark Temelko and Tina Post’s farm in upstate New York. We set up a tent and built a make-shift music space. We spent our days working outside and in the evenings we played songs and recorded them. Anika made some brushes for the drums out of pine needles, we had a big bonfire, we sang with cicadas and crickets and birds.

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About:

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