One Sunday a month, we present three original pieces in a varied mix, chosen from music, dance, film, theater, performance art, writing, and the like — each 12 minutes or less. The whole event is short and sweet, taking about an hour.
Following each event, we serve coffee and cookies in an informal gathering, a chance for conversation with the artists.
This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.
Heathsplund (Melissa Heath, soprano; Christian Asplund, piano/composition) with Diane Reich, soprano; Kate Monson, dance; and Monte Belknap, violin, will present two pieces: White Ghazal (from Sunset with Pink Pastoral (2005)) and Tongue Child (from Floralesque (1998)) with texts by Lara Candland, music by Christian Asplund, and choreography by Kate Monson. The Heathsplund duo will expanded into a quintet to perform numbers from the two magical realist chamber operas premiered by Seattle Experimental Opera. Melissa Heath has been praised as a “soaring, sparkling soprano” and has a multi-faceted career in opera, concert and recital work. Composer-performer Christian Asplund teaches at BYU. His interests have included the intersections of text/music, improvisation/composition, and modular textures/forms. Kate Monson is Assistant Professor of Dance and Faculty Affiliate of Gerontology at BYU. She is invested in researching dance technique pedagogy and dance conditioning. Diane Thueson Reich is an Associate Professor of Voice, and Division Coordinator for Classical Voice at BYU. At home in the concert hall or opera stage, she has appeared in many major operatic roles. International violinist Monte Belknap is sought after as an artist and pedagogue. He performs regularly with pianist, Steven Beus and the Deseret String Quartet.
Keileigh Johnson will present her film The Dream (written and directed by Keileigh, and filmed by Conor Provenzano). “The Dream was inspired by a literal dream Keileigh had while deeply analyzing and eliminating toxic masculine behavior from her life, as well as working to take back her own sexual identity as a woman who has been surrounded and shaped by the overwhelming "male gaze" that consumes our society.” She describes the film as “a simple expression of women taking back power, being intentional and thoughtful with their actions and gaining the skills to be free of the box they are so often put in. The film ultimately shows that taking back power is not about destroying what is hurting you, but simply about "cutting off"' those who wish to control you so they no longer have access to your soul. The dream is a vivid example of boundary setting in order to protect oneself from those who should not be allowed in, and finding power in being alone with your authentic self.”
Curator and dancer Leticia Blanchard will present MÖT: Another Exhibition of the Artist, a multidisciplinary exhibition which synthesizes visual and performance art to create an immersive experience. Leticia will be joined by dancer Emma Wilson and artist Andrew Alba. In MÖT, artworks move freely through space as cohered human bodies explore their imposed structure: a transfiguration of art and artist into one entity that is simultaneously a living sculpture and an exposed creator, intimately connecting the art with the artist, and the artist with the beholder. Leticia is a multidisciplinary artist who deals primarily with the written word and performance. She has self-published four literary works, including the poetry books "Selected Poems: from varying states of dissociation", and "Carly Simon is so vain I bet she thinks these poems are about her". Emma Wilson//Ew, the dancer is a body-based artist from Houston, Texas. They live in Salt Lake City doing strange acts at drag shows, making and teaching dance for a variety of contexts and working as a community garden coordinator. The work of Andrew Alba, the child of a Mexican-American father and a white mother, balances lines of identity and representation by presenting brown people in white spaces. Alba produces work in a way that is raw, quick, and immediate, using reclaimed drop cloths, drywall mud, and reclaimed lumber taken from his job sites.