THE ARCHITECTS were born out of collaborations between Jennifer Kayle, Katherine Ferrier, Lisa Gonzales, and Pamela Vail, dating back to the late 1980s at Middlebury College. For over 20 years, the quartet has been engaged in celebrating composition through their commitment to collaborative movement research. In their professional and life-long devotion to choreography, improvisation, and teaching, The Architects bring a holistic and ferocious intelligence to the dialogue of dance-making and teaching, process and product, individual voice and ensemble composition, crafting, and opening to the unknown.
MOVEMENT INTENSIVE IN COMPOSITIONAL IMPROVISATION (MICI)
MICI is a professional laboratory dedicated to performance improvisation, and to expanding the range of compositional possibilities. This week-long intensive balances in-depth individual exploration with rigorous practice in spontaneous ensemble dance-making. Throughout the week, the artistic integrity of one’s voice is sharpened in conversation with the whole and a dialogue emerges as individual aesthetics meet, interact, and expand. As time allows, group discussions contribute to conscious integration of the experiential and the conceptual. Even here, moving into words is an invitation to discover, to uncover diverse perspectives, spark the imagination, and to notice the aesthetic and poetic effect of our compositional choices. The Architects will be taking a break from MICI in 2019, but stay tuned for more information on MICI 2020!