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

Main Library

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12 Minutes Max is a year-round monthly performance series featuring short works by local artists in many disciplines. One Sunday a month, we present three original pieces 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.


Nitya Nritya Dance Company will present a snippet from their new piece, The Pancha Bhootam and their Relationship with Man, choreographed by Jyothsna Sainath, artistic director of the Company. The full piece will be presented in the upcoming Nitya Nritya Festival scheduled for September 8th and 9th in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. The Pancha Bhootam are the five primal elements of space, air, fire, water, and matter that, according to Hindu philosophy, constitute everything that we as human beings perceive. “We ourselves are composed of them and eventually disintegrate into them.” NNDC is a Salt Lake City based dance company that is grounded in the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam.

Janus, two-headed Roman God of Time, Transitions, and Thresholds, will be making an appearance at the Salt Lake City Public Library. Please come prepared.

Artist Christian Casas will present We Are All Not So Different, a performance that demonstrates how drawing is part of our interrelation to our physical environment. He explains, "we understand and map, decipher and come to terms with our surroundings as we leave marks, tracks or shadow to mark our passing. We literally draw in and on the material world. Drawing is what it means to be human. This piece is a part of an ongoing body of work in which I address the environments where social structures of material objects are made. These works transform, contain and frame their environments, prompting a deeper consideration of how aesthetic and design reads as social and cultural indicators." Casas, a Cubanoamericano, is curious about economic accessibility and labor connected to Art making. He says that "by employing processes, materials, and sensibilities related to Modernism, (he) makes an effort to bridge the gaps and collapse class boundaries to question conventions about objects and the accessibility of Art itself."

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