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.
DECEMBER 16 PERFORMANCES
We will hear music from Nymph, Sophie Blair’s lyrically raw, string-based singer-songwriter project. Classically trained on both viola and piano, they’ve composed, recorded, and contributed strings, songwriting, and/or vocals for several musicians and groups, including Mindy Gledhill, Emily Brown, Sen Wisher, Stuart Wheeler (Quiet House), Officer Jenny, Grove, Detective Deckard, DEXO (Deseret Experimental Opera Company), and Avant Vespers. After performing for close to two years with Provo-based band Grove, Sophie now writes, performs, and records strings for Mindy Gledhill and heads Nymph.
Conor C. Long will present his claymation screen dance Groggy Grugg, "about that terrible every day struggle to get out of bed for that first delicious cup of coffee." Conor is a Utah based filmmaker who specializes in genre films and animation. He’s spent his life shooting films all over the world, and recently received an MFA in Film & Media Arts from the University of Utah.
Dream summoner and space clown, Dream Meli, will perform her piece, The Presubjective Switch of the Dejective Witch, “an exploration of the edges of primal repression and the raptures of bottomless memory through sound, movement, and costume”. Dream Meli, who sometimes claims to have been born in multiple realms at the same time, first appeared to the public in this dimension in bars and warehouses in Salt Lake City performing with the Bad Kids Collective. She is currently the central facilitator of a weekly all ages variety show called Operation Gender Juice and another monthly one called Moth Closet. She also started and helps run the Forbidden Fruits, an experimental cabaret collective, and besides frequently performing and helping others perform, she has written at least four books of "poetry" and has created well over a hundred online "memes."
This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.