max10 is an uncurated performance laboratory that takes place at Motion Pacific three times a year. max10 is a place where new artists can show early work, and more established artists can work outside their genre.The event is called max10 because each piece can be no longer than 10 minutes, and there will be no more than ten performers a night. After the performance guests are asked to pick three artists to talk to, tell them what let them into their work and what kept them out. max10 was created as a forum for dialogue about art and to allow artists to take their work to the next level.

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1. max10 Performance Laboratory is a place to do brave work, experiment, and risk failure.

2. max10 is an uncurated performance event the happens quarterly in Santa Cruz, on a Thursday night.

3. max10 is a place where new artists can show early work, and more established artists can work outside their genre.

4. The event is called max10 because each piece can be no longer than 10 minutes, and there will be no more than ten performers a night.

5. After ten minutes of performance a bell will sound and the lights will go off – we mean it, really.

6. While we would love you (or someone else) to write about max10 – we respectfully ask you not to review individual pieces. We don’t want the artists to censor their ideas because they are worried about a “bad” review. We want this to be a true performance laboratory.

7. After the performance you are invited to a reception (cheap beer, wine, and chips are included in the price of admission) where you can talk to the artists about the work you’ve just seen. Pick three artists to talk to, tell them what let you into their work and what kept you out.

8. All genres of work are welcome – dance, performance art, music, visual arts, installations, film, slideshows, spoken word, martial arts demonstrations, performative papers, whatever…

9. If you want to perform at max10 write to max10santacruz@gmail.com.