Improvising New Realities: Movement, Sound and Social Therapeutics

  • Sandra Paola Lopez Ramirez in2improv University of Texas at El Paso
  • Christopher Eric Reyman University of Texas at El Paso
Keywords: Improvisation, Community, Interdisciplinary Improvisation, Dance Improvisation, Social Justice, Social Therapeutics, Social Therapy, El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, Social Transformation, Performance


Focusing on dance and music improvisation, this paper explores the parallels between these practices and social therapeutics - a performative and radically humanistic approach to psychology, therapy, education and community building. This methodology has helped us further frame our experience of performance and improvisation as powerful tools for social transformation. We structure the paper around the growth and development of the artistic and community-based work of the Institute for Improvisation and Social Action (ImprovISA), an organization we co-founded and now direct on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Author Biographies

Sandra Paola Lopez Ramirez, in2improv University of Texas at El Paso
Founder and Director Department of Theatre and Dance, Lecturer
Christopher Eric Reyman, University of Texas at El Paso
Department of Music, Assistant Professor