Grass Stains is a site-specific initiative created by the Pioneer Winter Collective. The 2018-2019 cycle is supported by the John and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The 2016 cycle included support from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Grass Stains cares about pairing mentorship with creative process in order to perpetuate site-specific, site-adaptive, and public art works outside the boundaries of a traditional commission. Beyond the culminating performances, we care about facilitating a full experience that focuses on and invests in re/developing site-based choreographic practice.
2018 project pages
by liony garcia
chicago Produce - allapattah
December 1-2, 2018
Liony Garcia’s exploration, Plaza, is a site-specific creation that takes form inside Chicago Produce, a warehouse in the Produce Center of Miami's Allapattah neighborhood. This live performance is inspired by the social and economic forces that envelop a neighborhood that is increasingly faced with erasure and displacement caused by gentrification. Plaza is intrinsically tied to images of the world of labor, tasks and repetition - and brings to the foreground the site's connection to community and shared history. A cast of eight dancers and an original electronica score animate and engage with the objects and machinery within the warehouse, merging to become part of a unified kinetic and sound landscape.
by sandra portal-andreu
December 15-16, 2018
Sandra Portal-Andreu’s site-specific work Luck is set and inspired at the historic Hialeah Park (Hialeah Park Studios). This live performance explores notions of luck and fortune in early Miami through the dichotomy of the human spirit that conceived it and the majestic horses that manifested it. Luck will activate spaces on-site, where the likes of Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Rat Pack once visited. First opened for thoroughbred racing in 1925 by Glenn Curtis and James H. Bright, Hialeah Park Race Track is the oldest existing recreational facility in Southeast Florida. Known for its beautiful European-inspired architecture, rich history of thoroughbred racing, and Audubon bird sanctuary featuring the iconic pink flamingos, the site has transformed and evolved over the course of its 90+ years. Sandra Portal-Andreu’s Luck highlights this transformation further - both the architectural and community history of one of Miami’s most hidden gems, and shares a uniquely creative experience for new and returning members of the public.
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MIRA EL MAR
MARISSA ALMA NICK
Stephan Koplowitz is an award winning director/choreographer/media artist known for his work on stage, film, and site. His site work aims to alter people’s perspectives of place, site, and scale - all infused with a sense of the human condition and is concerned with the intersection of natural, social and cultural ecologies within urban and natural environments. Since 1984, he has created 87 works and has been awarded 60 commissions performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is the recipient of an Alpert Award in the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bessie Award for “Sustained Achievement” in Choreography, six NEA Choreography Fellowships (1988-97), and two distinguished alumni awards from his alma maters Wesleyan University (BA Music Composition) and the University of Utah (MFA Choreography). Recent works have premiered in San Diego, Spoleto, Italy and Columbus, Ohio. In December, 2016, he worked as co-director of Diavolo Dance’s Veterans Project featuring military veteran performers and members of the Diavolo Company. In the summer of 2017, he will premiere Occupy (a site-specific journey through an urban garden) commissioned by the mixed ability AXIS Dance Company for the Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. In August, a large scale media/performance installation for the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine will premiere. In May 2018, he will premiere one of his largest site-based projects to date, an immersive performance event throughout the town of Northfield, Minnesota, commissioned by St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges. The work will incorporate artists from the College and greater Northfield community in dance, theater, music, and media/visual arts. Koplowitz is a contributor to the first book published on site-specific choreography, Site Dance, published by Florida University Press. After living in New York City for 23 years, he was appointed dean and faculty of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles) and served in that capacity for ten years (2006-2016). His online course, “Creating Site-Specific Dance and Performance Works” launched in September 2013, was the first dance-related course on Coursera and the MOOC platform, and was re-launched 2014-16. Over 20,000 people from 151 countries have registered for this course. To see examples of his site-specific and media works, visit: www.stephankoplowitz.com and www.youtube.com/c/StephanKoplowitz.
Production manager and accessibility coordinator
Hector Machado is a survivor and an artist, born and raised in Miami. His love affair with the stage began at a young age and continues today. After earning a BA in Theater from Florida A&M University, Machado completed an MFA in Theater with a specialization in Production Stage Management from California Institute of the Arts. Hector Machado's Stage Management credits include world premieres of Bob Cucuzza’s Cattywampus at Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT); Cucuzza’s Mother Tongue at Son of Semele Ensemble; Marissa Chibas’ Siete Cuentos at Plaza de la Raza; as well as Will Greer Theatricum Botanicum. His Production Management credits include National Black Arts Festival at the Woodruff Arts Center; Florida Legislatative Conference at the Tallahassee Civic Center; Irene C. Edmonds Youth Theater Camp (I.C.E. Camp) at Florida A&M University Essential Theatre, and Menstrual Show at the CalArts Coffee House Theater. He is an inaugural fellow of the Maven Leadership Collective, an institute for queer and trans people of color and their allies that radically redefines leadership through the spaces they occupy and the impact they have. Hector joined Pioneer Winter Collective in 2017, as both performer and production manager/accessibility consultant.
2018 artist projects [COMING SOON]
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2016 inaugural artist projects
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2019 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
Seven to the Seventh: Global Dances on a Shared Virtual Stage in association with Ana Sanchez-Colberg and Theatre enCorps
Artists commissioned for project development
Artists invited for Local Residency
Alexandra Lucia Vidich
2016 inaugural artists
artists commissioned for project development
Marissa Alma Nick
artists invited for local residency
Marissa Alma Nick
Monica Lopez de Victoria
Hattie Mae Williams
The application for the second season of Grass Stains 2018 is now closed. The submission portal was open September 4, 2017 until November 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. The selection panel convened November 27, 2017, and all applicants have been notified.