12 Minutes Max is a curated monthly performance series, presented by the Salt Lake City Public Library, featuring new works and works-in-progress 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.
The City Library is happy to present the first livestream version of our longstanding 12 Minutes Max program, Sunday, June 21, at 2pm. We will stream works by local artists Kohl Glass, Molly Heller, and Dave Madden, and host a live Q&A with each artist following their work.
Film director and screenwriter Kohl Glass had the idea for Gruff years ago as a film student at BYU, having just read Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and a number of fairy tales at the same time. “It dawned on me how the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff could be told as a story of waiting, specifically waiting out of fear of something that may or may not actually be there.” Kohl is a passionate and experienced filmmaker known for his strong, visual style and creative originality. Early on, his senior film, Der Ostwind, was chosen to be an official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival. He has since directed three feature films: Orc Wars (aka Dragonfyre) of which a bootlegged version had over 14 million views on YouTube, You May Now Kill the Bride (MarVista) which premiered on Lifetime to a reported 1.2 million viewers, and most recently Josie Jane: Kill the Babysitter for Top Dead Center Films. In 2012, Kohl wrote The Generations Project episode “Natalie,” which won an Emmy. Originally from Arizona, raised in Colorado, Kohl currently lives in Salt Lake City, with his wife and daughter.
Molly Heller will present Finding, a dance solo that loops patterns and re-threads monotony. Structured from a collection of heart idioms, this work physicalizes the attempt to find connection with one’s surroundings. Relentlessness. Restlessness. Repetitiveness. This solo softens desire and attempts to welcome intimacy during a time when this might feel impossible. Finding, with a score by composer Michael Wall, was recently a part of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center & Dance Up Close/East Bay’s presentation From One to Many: Six Solos Shared. Molly is the director of Heartland, a multi-disciplinary collective based in Salt Lake City, with collaborators in dance, visual arts, and music. She is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Dance at the University of Utah. Molly currently dances with Joanna Kotze, Katie Faulkner, and Arletta Anderson. mollyheller.com
Musician Dave Madden (aka nonnon) will present One to Four of Thirteen Voices for Eleven Minutes (for semi-modular synthesizer and laptop), about which he says “… I’m going to wrangle, listen to, guide, silence, and also allow these wild machines to do whatever they want in under twelve minutes. The goal is to create an environment both you and I have never (or rarely) heard, though – sorry! – one that will be selfishly aimed at trying to impress myself with discoveries of combinations of disparate circuits. When I hit that New spot, my tell is long pauses. Watch for it and see if we have the same taste.” Dave has a Master’s Degree in Composition from BYU and has spent the last twenty years writing, performing, gathering sounds, and scoring experimental award-winning video productions as part of the Nowhere Mountain collective with photographer Mark Regester. Dave is also a journalist, reviewing music whose tricks he might borrow, at Squidsear.com https://www.youtube.com/user/phenomenonnon/videos