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

Main Library

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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.

Composer and improviser Stuart Wheeler will be singing a cappella songs from the early American traditions of lining out and sacred harp. Wheeler is also a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and is based in Provo, where he founded the band Quiet House.

Ashley Chin-Mark will present Standing In, Fitting Out, a dance piece which she describes as "a visual commentary about attacking public norms that limit openness to new ideas and societal progress by advocating instead for spontaneous creativity." Her work often looks at character development and identity evolution. Chin-Mark is studying Ballet and Strategic Communications at the University of Utah. She works as a College of Fine Arts Ambassador during the year and a faculty member for the Ballet West Intensives during the summers.

We will see Alyce Carrier’s animated film Jack Gets Up, which she says is about "the banalities of life, and trying to find the spark in each one of them in order to keep your head up and your legs moving." This film, along with some of her other work, was presented at UMOCA in 2016. Carrier’s work has focused primarily on sculpture but recently she has started to experiment with printmaking and animation.

Choreographer Huiwang Zhang will present a new dance piece titled All we like sheep have gone astray 我们如羊走迷 performed by Kate Losser and Liu Chang. Zhang says "If the body is not representing anything else but its true self, what you see then is the story that this specific body must tell. The challenge of this particular show is to memorize four hundred eighty-six steps with hands and feet and to end in exactly twelve minutes." Zhang was born in Jiujiang, China in 1991. After the premiere of his first production at Beijing Dance Festival 2016, he, with friends, founded the group wanTheatre. Zhang is currently finishing his MFA in the Dance Department at the University of Utah.

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

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200