This Saturday, our Director had the privilege to be one of the invited speakers for the second rendition of TEDx El Paso. Her talk centered around the practice of Performance Activism, how it has shaped her life and how (among many other things) it gave birth to in2improv. Her clear message was to step out of your comfort zone and perform in new ways what you already do... because it is not WHAT we do, but HOW we do it that makes a difference. Enjoy!
This weekend we were teaching, dancing and performing at the 6th annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival which took place in Sam Houston University. It was a fantastic experience and a great beginning to our work in a new state. Our class, titled "Creating Groupness" brought together concepts of group building and listening from social therapeutics, deep listening and interdisciplinary improvisation to create with our students new ways to see and experience groupness in ensemble improvisation. We premiered a new piece titled becoming which invited the audience to play with their visual/aural perception and invited their participation for an epic ending! We come back to El Paso energized and very excited to have met so many kindred spirits through out the state. We will be looking forward to next year's festival!
From October 4-7 we attended the 7th Performing the World Conference in NYC. The conference brought together 450+ artists, activists, health providers and revolutionary therapists from over 37 different countries that use performance for human development and community building. We were surrounded by so much positive energy, joy and great ideas. It was so inspiring to see all the ways that people are using performance, play and improvisation to develop and do small and big things to change and save the world. We attended many workshops led by people from around the world on writing, humor, play and saw programs using performance in therapy in New York City, Nigeria and Juarez, Mexico. We gave a workshop titled: "in2 Community Building! - An Interdisciplinary Improvisation Workshop” we got great feedback and it was a great first experience in sharing our work with an international audience.