12 Minutes Max

Ahalya Satkunaratnam/photo Bill Christiansen

Ahalya Satkunaratnam/photo Bill Christiansen

2015-2016 season

12 Minutes Max
Edition #40
Friday June 3, 2016 at 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver

Featuring works by:

Akeisha de Baat + Nathan Todd
Katie Devries + Kimberly Stevenson
Iris Lau
Bevin Poole
Ahalya Satkunaratnam 


Akeisha de Baat and Nathan Todd’s on [between] explores tension and pressure in a duet with a ten-metre length of fabric. Akeisha de Baat is an independent emerging artist who holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University. She has performed at Dance Allsorts, Project CPR, Dezza Dance, Valence Movement and the Lovers Cabaret. She is one of the co-founders, of Warehaus Dance Collective, and recently spent time in The Netherlands, as an assistant to choreographer Joeri Dubbe. Born in Medicine Hat, Nathan Todd began his dance training with the School of Alberta Ballet. In 2011, he moved to Vancouver to begin his post secondary education at Simon Fraser University. During that time, he has worked with Maya Lewandowsky, Rob Kitsos, 605 Collective, Shauna Elton, and Charlotte Boye-Christensen. He danced for Toronto Dance Theatre’s 2014-15 season as the TD Dance Intern, under the direction of Christopher House. Nathan has since returned to Vancouver to finish his BFA in contemporary dance at SFU.

Katie DeVries and Kimberly StevensonNatural Satellite. The imaginative stimulus for Natural Satellite arises from various concepts of the moon, its reputed potency, enchantment and magnetism, and the transformative impact of its cycles. The waxing and waning seems to embody an invisible, sometimes insidious force- and this perception was the starting point for the work.  Katie DeVries graduated from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and has also trained more recently with Modus Operandi. Her choreography has been shown at SFU, Dancing on the Edge, PushOff Assembly and at Scotiabank Dance Centre for International Dance Day. Kimberly Stevenson grew up in Saskatchewan and holds a diploma from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and a BA from Simon Fraser University. She has danced for Kokoro, Rob Kitsos, Deanna Peters and Serge Bennathan, amongst others, and runs her own studio, called The Happening.

Iris Lau’s Babel 3.0 is a duet with Carmine Santavenere. The work explores communication through movement and language, with live music by viola player Elliot Vaughan. Iris was born and trained in Hong Kong, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree at Simon Fraser University. Her choreographic works include: ReCall, Liu Bai, and her Time series choreographies. Iris has also choreographed for multimedia concerts and collaborated with artists from different disciplines. She has performed in Hong Kong, China, Canada and Paris.

Bevin Poole’s solo I never know what you think is important is inspired by the dark, stoic, often nonsensical work of illustrator and storyteller Edward Gorey. Bevin grew up in Williams Lake, studying music, dance and theatre. She has been performing professionally for over eight years, collaborating with and interpreting works by Action at a Distance, The Contingency Plan, the Plastic Orchid Factory, Tara Cheyenne Performance, Helen Walkley, MACHiNENOiSY, Co. Erasga, Desiree Dunbar, Nicole Mion and Vancouver Opera. Bevin is a graduate of the SFU Contemporary Dance Program and has been a company member with Dancers Dancing since 2008, appearing in works by Judith Garay, Simone Orlando and Serge Bennathan.

Ahalya Satkunaratnam’s Inconsequential is a solo exploring the global war on terror through bharata natyam dance, music, text, and a length of red ribbon. Ahalya is a dancer and dance scholar who recently moved to Vancouver. She trained foremost in Bharata Natyam, but she has also performed in the contemporary Bhangra and West African dance company, Duniya Dance and Drum Company of San Francisco, the Chicago-based Bharata Natyam dance company, Natya Dance Theatre and the Colombo-based South Asian dance company, Arusri Dance Theatre. She is on the faculty of Arts and Humanities at Quest University Canada, and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Dance and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book on Bharata Natyam dance and choreography in Sri Lanka during the 26-year civil war is forthcoming through Wesleyan University Press.



Studio showings take place at Scotiabank Dance Centre and admission is free.

Fall 2015

Artists: Cody Cox, Katie DeVries and Kimberly Stevenson, Mahaila Patterson-O'Brien 
Studio showing: Tuesday November 10, 2015 at 6pm

Winter 2015/16

Artists: Daelik & Chick Snipper, Gemma Crowe, Iris Lau
Studio showing: Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 6pm

Spring 2016

Artists: Akeisha de Baat & Nathan Todd, Bevin Poole, Ahalya Satkunaratnam, Clare Twiddy 
Studio showing: Tuesday April 19, 2016 at 6pm

12 Minutes Max #40 Performance

Friday June 3, 2016 at 8pm
Curators: Kathryn Ricketts and DD Kugler.

Please read the guidelines and criteria below before applying.
Submission deadlines for 2015/16 have now passed: deadlines for 2016/17 will be announced in the summer.


Guidelines and How to Apply

The original 12 Minutes Max concept was pioneered by On the Boards in Seattle where it has been running since 1979. In 1994 The Dance Centre launched a Vancouver edition which for over fifteen years provided an opportunity for artists to show eclectic and innovative new works that ran under twelve minutes. Relaunched in 2014, the current 12MM format seeks to foster experimentation and the development of new work, along with critical feedback and community dialogue.

• There will be three opportunities per season (fall, winter, spring: submission deadlines tba) for artists to submit dance and movement-based works in development running between 7 and 12 minutes.
• A panel of guest curators will select up to four artists per module.
• Selected artists will receive up to 16 hours of fully subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to develop their works, with input from the guest curators. Additional hours may be available at a special discount, if required (subject to availability).
• At the end of each research and development module all the artists will share their work first with each other and the curators, and then in an informal studio showing open to the public.
• At the end of the season, the guest curators will select a number of works for presentation in a ticketed performance at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

The 12 Minutes Max Process: Artist Information


• Applicants must be Full Artist or Company members of The Dance Centre.
• The applicant must be the author and primary creator of the work.
• Proposed works must be in the early stages of development: finished works are not eligible.
• Proposed works must run between 7 and 12 minutes when completed.
• Artists at all levels of their career – emerging, mid-career and established - are eligible to apply, however mid-career/established artists must demonstrate that they are experimenting with new directions, ideas or collaborations.
• Emerging artists must have completed a recognized professional dance training program, or the equivalent.



2014-2015 Season 

Summer 2015
Performance: 12 Minutes Max #39 Friday June 12, 2015
Artists: Con8 Collective - Caitlin Griffin - Naomi Brand - MAYCE - Natalie Tin Yin Gan & Francesca Frewer

Spring 2015
Studio showing Wednesday April 1, 2015
Artists: Julianne Chapple - Con8 Collective (Charlotte Newman, Georgina Alpen) - Ziyian Kwan - MAYCE (Robert Azevedo, Antonio Somera, Marisa Gold) with Janelle Reid
Curatorial team: Maiko Bae Yamamoto, Kathryn Ricketts, Kat Single-Dain

Winter 2014/15
Studio showing Wednesday February 25, 2015
Artists: Julia Carr - Dario Dinuzzi - Natalie Tin Yin Gan & Francesca Frewer
Curatorial team: Corey Philley, Kathryn Ricketts, George Sipos

Fall 2014
Studio showing Wednesday October 29, 2014
Artists: Naomi Brand, Kara Nolte, Jane Osborne and Daisy Thompson.
Curatorial team: Kat Single-Dain, Corey Philley, George Sipos.

Summer 2014
Studio showing Wednesday June 5, 2014
Artists: Michael Kong, Caitlin Griffin, Su Lin Tseng, and Jamee Valin.
Curatorial team: Kathryn Ricketts, Jenifer Papararo, Claire French.