We are thrilled to present in2improv's interdisciplinary ensemble! This first version of knee-jerk is composed of 3 musicians and 4 dancers who have come together weekly since January 2015 to explore interdisciplinary improvisation together. We are very excited to be working with a group of giving and talented individuals, please come out and support us/them in our first public performance! Co-founders Sandra Paola Lopez (dance) and Chris Reyman (music/accordion) will be joined by Mindy Chanson (dance), Rainy Demerson (dance), Eric Howell (music/bass), Gabriel Infante (music/voice) and Christy Mitchell (dance).
$10 suggested donation will be accepted at the door.
Looking forward to 2015!
- We formed an interdisciplinary ensemble that will perform for the first time in mid-April.
- New weekly-program in collaboration with the Juarez based non-profit CCOMPAZ will be starting the second week in January.
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!
Young IDEA 2013 was an international multidisciplinary arts-education laboratory that brought together 39 artist/educators from all over the world to collaborate, perform and question our work. We were selected along side Colombian dancer and choreographer Jenny Angelica Angulo Soledad as a team of three to represent Colombia and the US. For 2-weeks we performed for each other, taught each other and discussed the importance of arts education in our respective cultures.The last week of the program we were part of the 8th Congress of the International Drama/Theatre Education Association (IDEA) where we taught workshops for kids, helped with organizing events and the opening and closing ceremonies, organized an improvisation night for congress participants and provided assistance with the assessment of the congress.
in2improv represented Young IDEA 2013 in the General Council Meetings during the week of the congress and presented a report of the program at the UNESCO headquarters after the congress.
To see excerpts of our performance click here.
in2improv had a video broadcasted on December 20th, 2012 as part of the international artistic event A Big Project. This project began in January of 2012 with a group of organizers who sought to gain clarity on where people agreed the world could be better – and to share that message in ways that could open people’s minds and hearts, through art and music. Since then, supporters from more than 97 countries have joined the effort. A Big Project and Arts for Peace (in partnership with dozens of other organizations) called on artists, musicians, and creative types of all kinds to set-off a global renaissance to bring a new sense of hope, possibility and direction for global progress. People from all walks of life participated, including celebrities like Dolly Parton, corporate giants like the Intel Corporation, the United Nations, local politicians, and thousands of citizens from around the globe. This is the video in2improv created to share our vision of a better world:
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.