12 Minutes Max: a Monthly Showcase of Short Works by Local Artists

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12 Minutes Max is a monthly showcase of short works and works-in-progress by local artists in many disciplines. One Sunday a month, we feature three new pieces in in a varied mix, chosen from music, dance, film, writing, theater, performance art and the like—each 12 minutes or less. The whole event is short and sweet, taking about an hour.

After each month's performances, coffee and cookies are served—a time for conversation and feedback.

David Payne and Ashleigh Bassett, of Salt Lake's oldest band, Red Bennies, will take you on a tour of modern nihilism with a digital projection that David composed, which documents the struggles of his brother's band in the last decade, and is accompanied by the music piece Dai Ou Jou, which roughly translates to "peaceful death". They describe Dai Ou Jou as an “exploration of our shared genetic heritage with plants, with the video game genre 'shmups' as an analogy for our kingdom Animalia's journey, past and future.” They will be assisted by projection operator Mark Dago.

Local choreographer and dancer Nick Blaylock will present Rhetorically, who knows., made in collaboration with Eliza Tappan. He says, “At best, this work is a reflection of the pure nature to find a wholesome through-line amidst inner conflict. As a side note, we should all dance more often, if not for anything else but the simple joy of it.” Nick’s creative and physical work has been commissioned by studios, companies, and universities throughout the US. He currently serves as a Teaching Assistant of the Modern Program in the University of Utah's School of Dance while he pursues an MFA.

Animation filmmaker Michael Edwards will screen A Narrative Film, which he describes as “the most narrative narrative never narrated. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end…. It is at once both a three-act assault on the conceit of the traditional narrative, and also perhaps, a futile attempt to escape the narrative impulse of cinema.” The film has had a successful festival run so far and this will be its second Utah screening since Slamdance last January. Michael received his formal art education at the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving his BFA in Film, Animation, and Video in 2012. Last year he graduated with an MFA from the University of Utah where he is currently teaching animation.

This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.

If you are interested in performing at 12 Minutes Max, please send an example of your work to Jason Rabb at jrabb@slcpl.org and Paul Reynolds at preynolds@slcpl.org. In your message, indicate whether the example is the piece you are proposing to perform or is just an example.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200