Creative Works

  • Interactive Dance Productions
  • Original Music for Choreography
  • Computer Multimedia Projects and Installations
  • Original Music for Theater and Film
  • Music for Orchestra
  • Commercial Recordings

Interactive Dance Productions

Patina

  • Renata Sheppard, choreography; John Toenjes, music and interactive digital projections, additional projections by Anja Hose and Kyungho Lee; UIUC Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, February 2019
  • More Information...
  • https://vimeo.com/327838323

INTERFACE: Alternate Reality

  • John Toenjes and Chad Michael Hall, creative conception; Toenjes, music composition, digital projections, cellphone programming; Hall, choreography; M. Anthony Reimer, Mosho (LAIT-based app) cellphone application programming: Claire Trevor School of the Arts Experimental Performance Lab (xMPL), UC-Irvine, February 2018
  • More Information...
  • https://youtu.be/_3kWWgoVWlM

Perfect Broken

Critical Mass

Interface: Public Figure

  • John Toenjes and Chad Michael Hall, creative conception; Toenjes, interactive digital projections, interactive programming, music composition, LAIT cellphone application implementation; Hall, choreography: Claire Trevor School of the Arts Experimental Performance Lab (xMPL), UC-Irvine, October 2015. Pasadena Dance Theater (CA); March 2016. Truckee Community Theater (CA); March 2016
  • https://vimeo.com/163051873

Kama Begata Nihilum

  • John Toenjes, choreographer and artistic director, digital projections, original music; Janice Dulak, choreography; M. Anthony Reimer, LAIT programming: UIUC Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, February 2014
  • More Information...
  • https://vimeo.com/87794341

Timings: An Internet Dance

fraMESHift

  • Renata Sheppard, John Toenjes and staff of the Virtual Reality MultiMedia Park (Turin, Italy) creative conception; John Toenjes interactive programming and sensor design: Teatro Astra, Turin, Italy, June 2011
  • https://projectframeshift.wordpress.com/the-research/
  • there is some stuff on YouTube that could go in an explanatory web page

Astral Convertible (Reimagined)

  • Trisha Brown, choreography; John Toenjes original generative music, interactive programming, electronic sensor and stage set system design and programming: UIUC Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, February 2010
  • More Information...
  • https://youtu.be/vBSElF7u6yg

Inventions Suite, including Leonardo’s Chimes, Songs of the Elastic Halloon, and SoundWave Surfing (see separate pages on this site for more information)

Ease of Water

  • Luc Vanier, choreography; John Toenjes original music and interactive installations: commissioned by the University of Wisconsin for the opening of the Kenilworth Performing Arts Building, Milwaukee, WI, June 2007
  • Instrument: the "Sea-Tique" https://youtu.be/QZB6_tiVOrA

Songs of the Elastic Halloon, version 1

  • John Toenjes, choreography, original music, interactive programming and set construction: UIUC Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, November 2007
  • https://youtu.be/euGvbBeRJQQ

Leonardo’s Chimes, version 1

  • John Toenjes and David Marchant, creative conception and choreography; Toenjes, generative music and instrument design/construction: SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, Minneapolis, MN, March 2006; UIUC Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, November 2006; Washington University, St. Louis, September 2006
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  • (excerpts) https://youtu.be/XYLK2P5xRWo

Mangle on the Fly

  • Linda Lehovec and John Toenjes, creative conception; Toenjes, music composition and interactive programming; Lehovec, choreography: UIUC Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, November 2003; Beloit College, Beloit, WI, November 2003; also featured at American College Dance Festival Internet2 technology showcase, performance simultaneously at University of Utah and Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, March 2004
  • More information...
  • http://jtoenjes.com/danceworks/works-mangle.html

Original Music for Choreography

Value Intensity

108

  • Todd Williams, choreography: Draftwork, presented by Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church, New York; January 2005. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, NY; February 2006. 92nd Street Y/Harkness Dance Festival, Alwin Ailey Theater, New York; February 2006
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE2xGxOnkgY

Attic Smells

  • Sara Hook, choreography: UIUC Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, January 2003. Sweat Series at Debaun Auditorium, Hoboken, NJ, March 2003
  • More information...
  • https://youtu.be/bI4FhhPGQwg

Madrenias

  • Fred Darsow, choreography: Stephens College, Columbia, MO; April 2001. 92nd St. Y, New York, June 2001

Pieces of the Puzzle

  • Lyn Elam, choreography: University of Texas at Austin, February 1998

Sticks and Stones

  • Janice Dulak, choreography: Stephens College, Columbia, MO, April 1996

The Jumblies

  • Halcyon Perlman, choreography: Rhynsburger Theater, Columbia, MO, May 1993

Illusions

  • Kay Henderson, choreography: Stephens College, Columbia, MO, April 1993

Ring Toss

  • Janice Dulak, choreography: Stephens College, Columbia, MO, April 1992

Sources

  • Janice Dulak, choreography: SUNY Brockport, NY, December 1990; University of Nevada at Las Vegas, May 1990

Stripping Bark

  • Janice Dulak and John Toenjes, choreography: New Performance Gallery, San Francisco, October 1988

Danse Nuage

  • Janice Dulak and John Toenjes, choreography: Stanford University, May 1988

The Ascension of BIG LINDA into the Skies of Montana

  • Joe Goode, choreography: Theater Artaud, San Francisco, March 1988; Footwork Studio, San Francisco, CA, September 1986

Episode

  • Lucas Hoving, choreography: East Bay Dance Series at Laney College Theater, Oakland, CA, October 1987; Victoria Theater, San Francisco, November 1987

Nerve Stream

  • Tony Kramer, choreography: Stanford University, May 1987

Far Traveling

  • Janice Dulak and John Toenjes, choreography: Sitges Theater, Barcelona, Spain, March 1987

the air was dying . . . (Requiem Suite)

  • Lucas Hoving, choreography: Footwork Studio, San Francisco, May 1986; Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, March 1986

Computer Multimedia Projects/Products/Installations

West Hollywood Dance Festival

  • Programmed mobile application for interactive program notes, programming and graphic design, and interactive digital projections: commissioned by West Hollywood Dance Festival, Los Angeles, August 2017.
  • https://www.multiplexdance.org/whdf

Tap 3

Astral Convertible (Reimagined) Stage Set

  • Installation and programming of Interactive exhibit of the stage set of Astral Convertible (Reimagined): UIUC Krannert Art Museum, August 2010–January 2012

Flying Pixels

  • Original conception, programming, interface construction: Installed in “When We Were Young” exhibit at the UIUC Krannert Art Museum, October-March 2006-7; Semi-permanent installation at Orpheum Children’s Museum, Champaign, IL, April 2008–May 2011; featured at the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival, July 2009
  • http://jtoenjes.com/instruments/VPS.html

IMPACT Asthma – Kids!

  • Producer, music and audio/sound effects, video and animation direction, graphic design, project management for asthma care CD-ROM linked to the Internet to service patients in all of Missouri: Schering-Plough, publishers. Winner of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Pinnacle Award for computer-based public education, June 2002
  • https://www.slideserve.com/Patman/impact-asthma-kids-cd

Earth2U

Virtual Harlem

  • Producer, writer, original music and audio/sound effects for virtual reality installation: jointly produced by University of Missouri-Columbia Advanced Technology Center, Columbia University, and University of Chicago: UMC and UIUC Beckman Center CAVE, 1994-2000
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL1z2Z-_0Gg

Original Music for Theater and Film

Sword Against the Sea

  • Incidental music: International Yates Festival, Dublin, Ireland, August 2005

Black No More

  • Incidental music, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, March 2001

Macbeth

  • Incidental music, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, April 1999

A Midsummer's Night Dream

  • Incidental music, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, October 1995

Lysistrata

  • Song score, Stephens College, Columbia, MO, October 1994

The People Could Fly

  • Complete score, San Francisco Day School, San Francisco, CA, August 1990

African Visions

  • Complete score: Stern Grove Summer Music Festival, San Francisco, CA, June 1990

Voyage to the Fifth World

  • Complete score: Stern Grove Summer Music Festival, San Francisco, CA, May 1989

The Mother Goose Review

  • Complete children’s musical: Palo Alto Children's Theater, Palo Alto, CA, March 1980

House of Thaddeus

  • Film Score, 2014
  • Official Selection International Freethought Film Festival and Beloit International Film Festival; three Maverick Movie Awards nominations, 2014; Back in the Box Best Film Award, 2015
  • http://houseofthaddeus.com
  • Watch on YouTube

Music for Orchestra

An Alton Symphony Salute

  • Overture for orchestra: Commissioned for the 50th Anniversary of the Alton Symphony, Alton, IL September 1998

Commercial Recordings

Dancin’ on a Drum: Percussion Music for Dance Class

Tap for Toddlers: Music for Beginning Tap Class

Tap Dancin': Music for Tap Class & Choreography