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

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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.

Local band Durian Durian will perform a continuous musical piece comprised of the songs Bloomsday and The One in Three. Durian Durian includes Emily Snow, Koty Lopez, and Nora Price performing a blend of original music and dance.

Travis Low will screen a film he co-directed with Torben Bernhard called The Gospel According to Raphael: “In a run-down commercial block on Salt Lake City's State Street, Raphael Plescia has spent nearly 50 years making religious art to tell the story of creation as he understands it. He calls his private museum a "school," and he's trying to restore Biblical characters he feels have been lost. His sculptures and paintings are not within the rooms though, they are embedded in the structure. He's hollowed out underground tunnels to make space for Hell and the Garden of Eden... And there's a very real chance the building will be bulldozed when he dies, but that doesn't stop him from working every day to complete his vision.” (RadioWest) Travis and Torben are both award-winning filmmakers, with short and feature documentaries featured in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The New York Times, the Sundance Film Festival, and elsewhere.

Dance artist Temria Airmet will perform her new solo piece titled 560 or One, a response to the “mass shooting epidemic affecting the US”. Reflecting on the Las Vegas tragedy, her hope with this work is to “turn the statistics from a number, back into an actual human life...to bring the humanity back into the conversation.” Temria received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in 2009, and is currently working toward her MFA in Dance at California State University Long Beach. She has taught and had her work performed at many venues in Salt Lake City. Airmet is also a writer and activist. Her first poetry collection, Thursday, was published in 2017, and she is an involved member in Campaign Zero, The ACLU, and Everytown.

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