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12 minutes max - Chicago

12 minutes max is a collaboration and co-production between Dovetail Studios and Tuya Vale dedicated to providing artists a professional stage in which to show their work and be seen. Artists may show up to 12 minutes of material, either work-in-progress material or completed works, supported by limited technical elements. Works are curated through an in-person audition process. We aim to showcase contemporary and experimental performances displaying a passion to think critically through a process and take risks with a proposed idea.

Performance Information

  • Performances can be no longer than 12 minutes.

  • Performances must require simple and minimal technical support.

  • Performers are not paid.

  • Performers will receive discounted rehearsal rates at Dovetail Studios.

  • Performances are videotaped and the artist will receive a digital copy.

  • Dramaturgical guidance can be provided as desired by the performers.

  • Live animals, open flame, cigarettes or greasepaint makeup are not allowed.

  • The performance will be held in the round and measure approximately ????

  • A basic light plot and sound system are available.

  • Microphones may be arranged upon request.

  • Performers must be available for a work-in-progress showing; and a tech rehearsal the Thursday day before the show.

Works are selected through an in-person audition process and artists may show rough drafts or finished work.  Curators are looking for strong performance concepts, commitment to an idea, and quality of execution and curators understand that works may be in an unfinished state. We look for work from a variety of art disciplines with a focus on contemporary and experimental dance.

Additional Audition Information:

  • Auditions will be held at Dovetail Studios (2853 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618)

  • If you require sound please bring a device that can connect to an auxiliary cord.

  • If bringing equipment that requires power, please provide your own extension cord.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your audition appointment.

  • Audition appointments are scheduled in 15 minutes slots. This includes set up, performance and strike, as well as any questions curators may have about your piece.

  • Audition notification with your time slot will be sent via email within a week of the audition.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us here


12 Minutes Max is a performance lab for new and experimental works that was first developed by On the Boards in Seattle in 1981. In this 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 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. 


Read more about the origin of 12 Minutes Max here:

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12 minutes max is a collaboration between Dovetail Studios and Tuya Vale.

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