ABOUT PIONEER WINTER
Dance-making is the one way I have to be brave. My work democratizes performance through the unexpected. Through this, I champion unexpected bodies, telling unexpected stories and personal histories, in unexpected and hidden places. I am a believer in the beauty of vulnerability and humanness.
Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer, and director of the Pioneer Winter Collective – invested in physical theatre, contemporary dance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and transmedia. His Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental projects by democratizing performance through unexpected bodies, unexpected places, and unexpected social change.
Through his Collective, Winter also directs/produces several programs, including Leaders of Equality through Arts and Performance (LEAP), for LGBTQ-identifying teens and their allies that focuses on using the arts for activism and social change; and the Grass Stains fellowship, a site-specific performance initiative that mentors and commissions artists interested in creating site-based and public art work in Miami through a close collaboration with acclaimed site choreographer Stephan Koplowitz.
A Horatio Alger Scholar, he is an alumnus of the Florida International University Honors College, and holds a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology. Winter also completed a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak, as the first artist to be named a Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholar. He is a Dance Miami Choreographic Program recipient (2014-2015; 2017-2018), Diversity and Inclusion Awardee (FL Division of Cultural Affairs and Citizens for FL Arts, Inc.), and Miami Goes Elsewhere Fellowship recipient (2016), and is a fellow and faculty member in the FIU Honors College Department. Pioneer Winter has been festival director of ScreenDance Miami Festival since 2016. He was recently awarded a commission and residency for the inaugural season of the MDC Live Arts Lab Alliance (2017-2019), and is a supported artist of the Local Artist-in-Residence program at the Miami Light Project.
He has been mentored by choreographers Ana Sánchez-Colberg, Michael Kliën, Jüri Nael, Octavio Campos, and Christina Teague-Mann, as well as intensive labs with Nora Chipaumire, Mario Zambrano, Marc Brew, Alonzo King, Stephan Koplowitz, and Keith Hennessy. He has performed throughout the United States and toured in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain and Mexico City. He has danced for Dance Now! Miami, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Augusto Soledad Brazz Dance Theater, and Karen Peterson and Dancers, among others. Pioneer Winter has held residencies at Cannonball Miami (formerly LegalArt), Miami Dade College, Miami Theater Center, Nova Southeastern University, Broward College, and Jacksonville University.
Pioneer Winter has presented in the International Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDxMIA, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Pérez Art Museum of Miami (formerly Miami Art Museum), Miami Theater Center, The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Duncan Theatre, Bass Museum of Art, Art Wynwood, Deering Estate at Cutler, American College Dance Festival, Frost Museum of Art, Florida Dance Festival, and Triskelion Arts, NYC, among others. His films works have been screened at Cucalorus Film Festival, ScreenDance Miami, FilmGate Interactive, LA Dance Film Festival (Jury Award), Corvallis Queer Film Festival, Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Miami Film Festival, estival Internacional de Cortometrajes y Arte sobre Enfermedades, Tiny Dance Film Festival, Jacksonville Dance Film Festival (Jury Award), Back_Up Festival, Toronto Queer Film Festival, American Dance Festival's Movies by Movers, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, and Leeds International Film Festival.