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This is MICI 2020, reimagined with a wider frame, to make more space for integration, independent research, and exploring the location in which we work. 
Our studio will be the grand ballroom at the historic Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland, Maine.


The intensive balances in-depth individual exploration with rigorous practice in spontaneous ensemble dance-making. Fresh perceptions and new choices are set in motion daily through provoking, open-ended questions, co-facilitated by The Architects.


Each kinesthetic/conceptual proposition acts as an entrance point for the mover and composer, a window into authenticity, connection, depth, and range. Of particular interest here is the emerging: compositional languages and modes of perceiving and engaging that are in-progress, unfolding, as-yet-unseen. Over the course of 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. 

MORNING SESSIONS (9AM-12PM) are devoted to workshops with faculty in movement resourcing, solo and group forms, partnering, vocal work, creative scores/structures for investigation and performance, and working in environments. 

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (2PM-5PM) may continue with small group practice, independent or collaborative work time, or open rehearsals.  Decisions about how afternoons will be organized are often made together just before lunch in order to maintain flexibility and sensitivity to group process. 

EVENING SESSIONS Evenings are left open for rest, socializing, and exploring Portland’s many eateries, landmarks, and coastal attractions. Studio space at Casco Bay Movers, a fully equipped dance studio on Forest Avenue, can be made available for participant-led movement sessions. Personal time for rest and integration may be taken whenever needed.

The Architects will perform at Mechanics Hall on Thursday, June 25 at 8pm. This performance is open to the public, and free to MICI Participants. 

“Each time I return to MICI, I have a different experience with the work. I am so grateful each time. I learn about myself as a physicality artist, a teacher, and a person.  I'm at once supported and challenged - a beautiful pair I seek in my professional and personal life. How each Architect individually, truthfully engages with and teaches…the various elements of the work, is a gift.”
MICI Participant (2012)
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