12 Minutes Max is an informal, low-tech performance lab for new and in-progress work in contemporary dance, music, theater and multidisciplinary art. Each edition is curated by a different pair of community curators; curators for the May 2018 editions will be announced soon.
12 Minutes Max is a performance lab for new and experimental works that was first developed by On the Boards in 1985. In this performance short series artists present 12 minutes of material, while audiences get an opportunity to be the first to see works-in-progress, some of which will go on to become full-length pieces. 12 Minutes Max has inspired similar programs in Vancouver, B.C., Bellingham, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Houston, and the works presented range from performance art to dance, from experimental theater to sound art, from spoken word to comedy, and more.
After a three-year hiatus at On the Boards, 12 Minutes Max was revived in 2017, with Base as the program’s new organizational host.