12 Minutes Max is a curated monthly experimental performance series, presented by the Salt Lake City Public Library, featuring new original works by local artists in many disciplines: dance, music, film, theater, writing, performance art and the like. Each event includes three varied performances, with a short Q&A after each piece. It is modeled after the program originated by On the Boards in Seattle.
Please join the City Library for a live stream presentation of its 12 Minutes Max program on Sunday, March 20, at 2pm MST. The program is archived on Vimeo and can be viewed after the broadcast as well.
Dancer and choreographer Ching-I Chang will present Held, a piece that captures the phenomena of support between individuals. “The lightness and space between touch implies the movers are self supported yet one. The camera and music translate this by touching viewers in the same spirit, each viewer lightly caressed.” The film is made by Irina Khokhlova, a New York based filmmaker interested in exploring “movement as a language in cinematic landscape -witnessing and celebrating human condition.” The music is by Eldar Baruch, who composes music for contemporary dance, theatre, films, dance-films and video-art, his palette comprised of piano solos, electronic soundscapes, rhythms & grooves, abstract-organic textures, acoustic instruments & toys’ sounds. Dancers for the piece are Mel Sarkor-Clinton and Ching-I Chang.
Mel is a student of the fundamentals of movement through internal martial arts and dance. Though an Architect, his favorite building materials are ethereal, those arising out of shared connection in movement. Ching-I is made in Taiwan, and has an MFA in dance from the U of U, and is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). She is a lover of dance and bananas.
Robert Perkins will present the last section of his film Blind Bird Singing Rain, a documentary journey down the lower Colorado River to its hopeful ecological end: a new wetland where there once was desert. As a Utah resident he wanted to see for himself the conditions along the Colorado, and not take other people’s word. In a small canoe he paddles and portages from his home in Virgin to where the river flows out in Mexico. The entire film is available on his YouTube channel. Robert has made films for 20+ years for PBS and Channel 4 in England, beginning with his now classic outdoor film Into the Great Solitude, the story of his seventy-two day solo canoe journey in the Canadian Arctic. Robert combines observation with reflection, creating a quirky and insightful body of work that caused one critic to call him the Lou Reed of documentary film. For more info., see his website, https://robertfperkins.com/
Kathryn Shuman will be sharing a collection of short pieces from her Voice and Movement Explorations project. The in-development work aims to encourage singers and movers to free up their instruments (bodies) with Shuman’s notated improvisational exercises, scores and nonsense rituals that are centered around deep listening. The completed work will be a published collection of the notated pieces, and audio recordings for listeners/participants to use “as a guide for grounding and freeing up the voice and body, while letting go of unnecessary technical baggage”. Kathryn Shuman is a soprano performer-composer. As a composer, Shuman weaves widely varying vocal, synthesized and everyday life sounds to create spacious sonic environments. Her interests include electronic music, microtonal tuning systems, improvisation, medieval chant and the 20th-century avant-garde. As a performer, she thrives in many different settings from opera (performing with Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, & Meredith Monk) to singing pop music (in sessions with Christina Aguilera, Pomplamoose, and Louis Cole of KNOWER) live and for film and television.