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

Main Library

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12 Minutes Max is a monthly showcase of short works and works-in-progress by local artists in many disciplines. One Sunday a month, we feature three new pieces in 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 under an hour.

After each month's performances, coffee and cookies are served—a time for conversation and feedback.

This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.


Choreographer and dancer Ching-I Chang will present the piece Smiling a Piece of Pie, based on a process she is developing called PET (Process, Emotions, Tasks). The dancers will be Rebecca Aneloski, Temria Airmet, Michael Crotty, and HuiWang Zhang. Ching-I recently danced for us in a piece by Ashley Anderson. After completing her BFA at the University of Utah, she danced for many artists including Susan Marshall and also with large productions like SLEEP NO MORE in NYC. She is now working on her MFA at the U.

We will detour from local artists this time to take advantage of the fact that Stéphane Gilot from Montreal will be in town for the Performance Art Festival at The City Library on Friday and Saturday, October 17–18. Stéphane will present a film of his large scale installation Séjour bistre. Here is part of the Canadian Art review by Bryne McLaughlin:
“I am in a pit, a kind of small arena. I don’t know for how long or why I am here.”
So begins Stéphane Gilot’s dreamlike introduction to Séjour bistre. The Belgian-born, Montreal-based artist is known for immersive, gallery-filling constructions, as well as drawings, videos and sculptures that bend perspectives on reality with equal doses of sci-fi existentialism and futuristic-architecture fantasy. For Séjour bistre, Gilot has fused those utopic/dystopic influences with a nod to Samuel Beckett to create what might be described as a sculptural theatre of the absurd.

Performance artist and painter Paul Waddell from Los Angeles will also be joining us to do a performance piece. Paul graduated in 2005 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has exhibited and performed extensively throughout the US.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200