International Class (2012/13) alumni S. Paola López and Chris Reyman, creators of the pro-play and improv organization, in2improv, have been regular visitors to Ciudad Juárez at the invitation of community development group, Ciudadanos Comprometidos con la Paz (Citizens Committed to Peace). For several months, the talented duo has offered a weekly music and dance program for young people at the Águilas de Zaragoza community center in the Riveras del Bravo neighborhood.
This is in2improv’s second tour in Ciudad Juárez, after an initial introduction over a year ago by fellow International Class alumni Miguel Cortes Vazquez (2007-8) and Jorge Burciaga Montoya (2012/13) who were eager to creatively collaborate on ways to bring Paola and Chris’s unique program of music, dance, play and improvisation to support the development of young people at their community therapy center, El Centro Fred Newman.
Lopez, a talented dancemaker, and Reyman, who plays and improvises on piano and accordion, create improvised structures of movement and sound to expand young musicians’ perception of composed music and dance and their ability to listen to each other and create spontaneously and collectively.
in2improv — an organization dedicated to promoting human development and community building through improvised performance — was born in Central Illinois and has since migrated south to El Paso after Reyman took a faculty position at the University of Texas at El Paso, right across the border from Juarez.