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.

We will hear a solo performance from Anthony Peña’s project June Pastel. Music writer Ben Levinson says June Pastel "sits at the rare transitory space only available through processes of growth and motion. Conceived in Salt Lake City (songwriter Peña’s hometown) and realized in Baltimore (his current place of residence)—the band's debut Collages, shows an eclectic group with roots stretching to jazz, neo-soul, chamber music, 90s alt-rock, and electronic. Each of these worlds builds the collaged moment-to-moment vocabulary within the June Pastel universe."

Writer Chris Chambers will read from his short historical fiction piece titled The Green Lad. Chris mentors the King's English Writer's Group, which is a DiverseCity Writers Series program, and is co-director of Simple Simple Storytellers, a seasonal storytelling troupe based in Salt Lake City.

Choreographer and dancer Samijo Kougioulis will present a work in progress titled whispers from the quiet, a collaboration with dancers Bayley Smallwood and Nell Josephine, accompanied by composer Adam Fifield on piano. This work considers "how life stands within a continual sea of self-reflection/discovery and how we decide to simply show up and respond to our present environment in a way that is most healing and rejuvenating." Samijo is an MFA candidate at the University of Utah in Modern Dance. She has a bachelor's degree in Dance Performance from Southern Utah University and spent a semester studying dance at Fontys University in The Netherlands.

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