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

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12 Minutes Max is a monthly showcase of short new works and works-in-progress by local artists in many disciplines. One Sunday a month, come see new pieces in music, dance, writing, film, theater, performance art and the like, each 12 minutes or less.

This month's 12 Minutes Max coincides with the Living Traditions Festival, taking place May 16–18 in Washington Square (surrounding the Salt Lake City & County Building). We will feature the following three works:

Igor Iachimciuc, originally from Moldova, moved to Salt Lake City to work on his PhD in Music Composition at the University of Utah, where he is now a Professor of Music. He will be performing two pieces on cimbalom, a hammered dulcimer instrument found throughout Eastern European cultures. He will present his own work, Sunflower, for cimbalom and recorded electronics, and Ádám Kondor’s Hungarian Folk Song Patterns (8 Other Duos) for viola and cimbalom.

We will also screen Jahanara Saleh’s film Apparition, which was inspired by the poem In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound. Saleh's description of the film: “Yearning to connect to the people around her, Natalie makes a desperate attempt for attention." Jahanara was born and raised in Tehran, came to the U.S. to study film, and received her MFA from the University of Utah in 2014. She has been making films for over a decade. Her unique approach to narrative filmmaking has been showcased in several festivals around the globe.

Jerry Gardner, an Associate Professor in the U of U’s Theater Department, will close out the program with a piece of traditional Japanese Noh Theater with elements of Kabuki and Butoh Dance. TheOnryō (Ghost Man) appears, dreams of his life and is confronted by his memories. Professor Gardner has specialized in dance and movement styles, Japanese forms in particular, along with mime. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of Allen Gardner Dance Theater.

After the performances, coffee and cookies will be served—a time for conversation and a chance to give feedback.

This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originally conceived by On the Boards, a contemporary dance, theater, and music organization based in Seattle's lower Queen Anne neighborhood. You can check out samples of some of their 12 Minutes Max performances here, or subscribe to watch full performances.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200