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.


Alyssa Pyper will play music for us. Pyper was raised in Highland, UT, as a classical violinist, and studied in the violin performance program at BYU for three semesters. Alyssa took a break from the classical world and has been collaborating with local folk and experimental musicians ever since. Alyssa has recorded and released albums with local bands Quiet House and Choir Boy, among others, and is about to release a personal project, a full length album.

Josef Miyasato will be reading/performing two poems from his new collection, The Anti-Hero & The Disciple, which contains fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The first poem, Is There a Place at the Table for Electric Dreams?, will be read traditionally; the second, Cross Sections (Music for a Nurse), has been turned into a performance poem. Miyasato says "...the aim of this collection is to ...show how we are more the same than we are different... In this spirit, this book explores not only what it means to be a disciple of Christ in a fallen world, but a forlorn creature seeking solace in the belly of a cold world." Josef is the award-winning author of The Portable Manimal Fiction. In 2011 he was awarded the President's Writing Award for his essay, Spartan Decisions, as well as being nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his short story, A Boy in the Whale. He has been published at BSU, The Boise Weekly, and in the literary journals The Cereal Box, Cold-drill, Anemone Sidecar, Prick of the Spindle, and The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review.

Choreographer Nichele Van Portfleet will present an excerpt from her larger MFA thesis work-in-progress. This untitled duet will be performed by Natalie Border and E'lise Jumes. Of her new work, Van Portfleet says "I especially wonder how the artist's relationship with control and mortality affects their work, particularly within forms as ephemeral as dance." Nichele was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She received honors for her choreography during and after her undergraduate work at Sonoma State University, and in 2016 started at the U of U's graduate program in Modern Dance. She won Repertory Dance Theatre's 2017 Regalia competition, and created a new work for the company's 2017–2018 season. She also premiered her piece Stranger Kin at Gibney Dance Center (NYC) in 2017.

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