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

Main Library
(ends Dec. 16, 2018)

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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.


Stuart Wheeler and Jason Rabb will perform two compositions for percussion and voice: 8 Views of Antelope Island (Rabb) which uses a set of haiku poems by Luke Swenson, and Your Flowers are Dead and I am Sorry (Wheeler) with text by Elena Rogers. These pieces were both part of Deseret Experimental Opera’s recent Song Night event, where local composers were invited to write music using work by local poets. Stuart is a recent graduate in Music at BYU and composes music ranging from classical to that of his acclaimed folk band Quiet House. Jason also has degrees in Music and is part of the influential local duo: it foot, it ears.

Scott Abbott will read from his recent book Immortal for Quite Some Time, a memoir about Scott’s brother John who died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of forty. He says the most surprising thing he learned as he wrote about his brother was that “you can’t describe your brother without describing yourself. And that can be uncomfortable, especially if you are a heterosexual, practicing Mormon.” Immortal for Quite Some Time invites readers into the intimate workings of a “secure, warm-hearted, educated, sweetly racist and warmly homophobic LDS family, at least one member of which might have lived better and longer in a society that recognizes and respects a variety of personal identities and sexualities.” Scott is Professor of Integrated Studies at Utah Valley University. His books range from literary criticism to literary travel narrative and to creative non-fiction. With his wife, historian Lyn Bennett, he has just published an interdisciplinary study of barbed wire: The Perfect Fence: Untangling the Meanings of Barbed Wire.

Emma Wilson will perform A Solo Is A Lonely Dance, which she describes as “an irreverent response to despair. And a series of coping mechanisms for the isolated and unwanted. The name of the game is watch and learn; with a few simple steps, Emma will feel better in no time, and so can you! Come co-create reality by simply witnessing a wreck that wouldn't exist in quite the same way if no one was watching.” Emma is a body-based artist from Houston, now living in Salt Lake, doing drag, making dances, and working as a community garden coordinator.

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