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Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Dunn.

Joshua, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m a Child of god first a Artist then human. I have gone through a lot of trauma. In many ways it has given me the lens I see the world and art through. Through the years I’ve learned to redirect my life experiences into my art. I am the founder and CEO, one of the dancers, choreographer, and creative director of Dunn Danse, an arts organization dedicated to the building and longevity of arts, within the surrounding communities. We aim to create a international and national network allowing artist to do what they do best. Growing up, I suppressed a lot of who I am and the experiences which lead me there. I’m black, Christian and Gay. Trying to find the balance of these identities, led to an identity crisis at a early age. My world became filled with tension and I didn’t know how to handle any of it. I started searching for community and my self-identity, which led me into substance abuse starting at the age of 16. As a child, various individuals sexually abused me on a multitude of occasions, and the drugs became the perfect temporary blanket of comfort and identity. After a few years of this fast lifestyle, I decided to move to New York City where the abuse deepened and eventually hit me so hard in the face I was forced to wake up. I barely graduated from State University New York of Purchase with my BFA in Fine Arts, but I did it. A lot of my current work is inspired from my time in New York, the nightlife experiences, religion and the times I feel in love. My lifestyle was a blessing in disguise guiding me to a decision for help and guidance, which led my back to San Diego where I found a church that rejuvenated me and a identity which feels pure. Now, I am currently living in San Diego, creating original bodies of work while pursuing my international goals of dance and choreography.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
In a lump some, I am a visual director. I have visions and try to manifest them into the physical. I create work that aims to speak to not only my personal experiences but on societal questions of life in general. My latest piece, ” The Fall” started from a break up. As result, I started to understand the struggle of relationships, within my life, the relationships around me and relationships of the past. Because growing up in a religious household, I tend to pull inspiration from the Bible. In this specific case the relationship of Adam and eve stood out. Their relationship reminded me of the purest form of tension between two people but overcome with unity and humility, which I believe are the bases of relationship.

I hope people can relate to my art on a deep, personal level. My goal is to make people feel less alone in their past and present life and calm about their future. That they too can question their own personal experiences and ask societal questions within the safe headspace I hope my work facilitates. I’m also not mad if they just enjoy it! I hope my work acts as a blanket, like the childhood blanket we all had making us feel safe to ask the “adult questions” and then fall asleep knowing life is life and all we have to do is experience it.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I am a huge advocate of NPR, firstly. I love staying up on current issues ranging from political to entertainment. Our new form of data consumption definitely affects the work. I start from a personal level when creating. I have come to terms that most, not all learned of my personal experiences were in some way shaped, affected and sometimes created by the societal and environmental happenings around, and in this, “events’ becomes personal and integral to the work. This thinking feels like a relatable channel to humanity as a whole. When I realized the connection between my traumas and euphoria’s, to the world around me, have been there since childhood; I felt I had no choice but to stay in tune with society’s landmarks and happenings. I aim to find the unraveling parallels between the story, reality and self, for my Arts sake.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Yes! September 1 I will be performing a solo at The Sleep Bedder in El Cajon, and September 18 the company will perform at the old town Temecula Theater for the DanceXchange program.  

You can follow the company on Instagram at @dunn_danse and me personally @joshuamyles_d, the social media support helps in tremendous ways, you can additionally visit our website at dunndanse.org. We are always looking for financially support through donations and sponsorships.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 8424 innsdale lane, san diego Ca 92114
  • Website: dunndanse.org
  • Phone: 6198866035
  • Email: Dunndanse@gmail.com
  • Instagram: dunn_danse
  • Facebook: dunndanse

Image Credit:
Ginny Carey
Doug Mcminimy

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