Press Quotes

“Pioneer Winter’s Pie Solo is a raw, vulnerable performance piece that showcases his wit, sense of timing, and most importantly, his willingness to challenge himself and his audience. One of Miami’s most prolific dance artists, Winter consistently delivers thought-provoking explorations of gender and sexuality, among other human questions. This piece is no exception.” – Catherine Annie Hollingsworth, Independent Dance Journalist

“Portraying himself, Winter delivers his text in a frank, sincere tone. He neither falls on his sword, nor does he hide from the audience […] Winter’s tap dancing skills transcend performance and create a rich metaphor […] Pioneer Winter’s charismatic presence and the show’s moments of clarity and humor make for an interesting performance.” – Mia Leonin, Miami Herald/Artburst Miami

“Whatever you think of his youth, it is impossible not to climb the peaks and sink into the depths of all that Winter portrays from his quarter-century life […] In contrast to the more humorous episodes, and in a segment where artifice moves into uncomfortable reality, Winter flogs himself with a paint-mixing stick like a penitent monk of old. After apologizing for his age, his queerness, his lack of activism — among other self-professed faults — he smacks his arm with enough force to break the plank several times and then takes the remaining jagged edge of the wood and bores it into the bare flesh of his chest, leaving the visible marks of this instrument of self-flagellation. From Magdalena to penitent, the theme of the subservient sinner seeking absolution continues to echo […] Despite the many compelling and entertaining aspects that swim between projected media and live performance, the true heart of this piece lives in the interactive dialogue, when Winter shares those intimate stories, a quarter-life of defending just being ‘other.'” – Miguel Angel Estefan, Jr., Miami New Times

“[Winter] is a strong dancer moving from tap shoes to bare foot modern dance with ease. His tapping is crisp and clean with complicated rhythms. His modern dance showcases his strength and flexibility especially his back and his well-arched feet. As the Sandbox space is small and intimate, it was exciting to see a well-trained body in action up so close.” – Marj O’Neill-Butler, MiamiArtZine

“…Winter’s true genius is that the he created a movement landscape that, although was as abstract as the dialogue was literal, existed alongside the narration within the same tone poem. The dancing rested like a subconscious layer over the words without any literal translation yet still provoked the sense of love, loss, and humor without any sentimental manipulation. His work evidences a profound maturity in such a young creator…” – Miguel Angel Estefan, Jr., Artburst Miami

Mother-Son(days) choreographed by Pioneer Winter, danced exquisitely by Ana Bolt and the choreographer, made use of silence and the spoken word, fully embodying the intention of the piece through impeccable focus, line, and depth of feeling.” – Michele Kadison, Arts America

“Pioneer Winter is a funny, talented and brilliant dancer and choreographer. Plus, he has a great name!” – Neil de la Flor, Knight Arts

“…work is infused with this idea of social change however it’s not an oppressive or forced aspect…” – Neil de la Flor, Knight Arts

“Pioneer is a young up-and-coming dancer/choreographer who is not afraid to address controversial subjects…Pioneer is definitely a choreographer to watch.” – James Cubby, MiamiArtZine

“Pioneer Winter is something of a curiosity.” – Camille Lamb, Miami New Times

“…underneath the athleticism of their movement was a mocking storyline about sexuality and sexual identity […] From the beginning […] it was clear that Pioneer Winter’s work was going to be funny, and brutal […] And let’s not forget the masturbation scene […] biting humor and snappy timing.” – Annie Hollingsworth, Artburst Miami

“The punches life throws, the unavoidable pangs of pain that accompany loss, the discovery of beauty in every day’s simplicity, Winter knew how to project these aspects in a sensitive way, folding or unfolding his body, rising or laying down, in an exquisite exercise of body and mind synch.” – Juan Carlos Pérez-Duthie, Performance Journalism


Grass Stains in Knight Arts (“How Grass Stains Grants Foster Diversity in South Florida Art World”)

Grass Stains in MiamiArtZine (“Grass Stains Puts Artists in the Field: Immersive Project Spearheaded by Pioneer Winter Collective”)

Grass Stains in Miami New Times (“Pioneer Winter Unveils Latest Site-Specific Initiative with Agustina Woodgate and Hattie Mae Williams”)

Grass Stains in Artburst Miami (“Site-Specific Initiative Grass Stains Up and Running”)


Pioneer Winter first artist awarded Dennis R. Washington Achievement Graduate Scholarship in PR Newswsire (“Horatio Alger Association Announces 12 Recipients of Annual Dennis R. Washington Achievement Graduate Scholarships”)

Pioneer Winter discusses Screendance in The Miami Rail (“Moving Image: Screendance in Miami”)

Host in The Miami Rail (“Pioneer Winter: In Process”)

Grass Stains in Knight Arts (“Choreographer Marissa Alma Nick Explores Life in South Florida Post-Climate Change”)

Grass Stains in Artburst Miami (“Grass Stains Inaugurates Site-Specific, Mentorship Dance Program”)

Grass Stains in Knight Arts (“Miami Dancer Niurca Márquez to Fuse Local History and Flamenco in Knight-funded Performance”)

Grass Stains in Knight Arts (“Hattie Mae Williams Takes On the History of Location”)

Grass Stains in Knight Arts (“Choreographer Jenny Larsson develops ‘The Forest Diaries’ for Grass Stains”)

Grass Stains in Knight Arts (“Ana Mendez on Miami and Grass Stains”)

Dance Hack in Artburst Miami (Preview: “Dance Hack at RIFT”)

Dance Hack in MiamiArtZine (“Dance Hack Gives Voice to Choreographers: Performances in the Midst of Dance/USA”)

Dance Hack in Artburst Miami (Preview: “Dance Hack Offers Local Showcase During Dance/USA”)

Dance Hack in Tropicult (“Dance Hack: Local Experimental Choreography”)

Grass Stains in Dance Studio Life (“Dance in Hidden Places”)

Sirens in Space in Artburst Miami (“What Will Happen When We Join Sirens in Space?”)

Sirens in Space in Miami New Times (“What Will Happen When We Join Sirens in Space?”)

Pioneer Winter on The Public Storyteller (“Pioneer Winter on Dance and a South Florida Childhood”)

Pioneer Winter in Miami Herald’s Miami Stories (“Artist Pioneer Winter Celebrates Life Through Dance”) and Miami Stories archived on History Miami

Pioneer Winter on WPBT 2’s Art Loft

Grass Stains in Knight Arts (“Pioneer Winter and Grass Stains Set to Transform Miami’s Cultural Landscape”)

FilmGate/CNTRL ALT DANCE in Miami Herald (“Futuristic Film Festival Screens Experimental Movies and Interactive Shows”)


FilmGate/CNTRL ALT DANCE in Knight Arts (“Diliana Alexander talks Filmgate & Indie Film Club Miami”)

FilmGate/CNTRL ALT DANCE in Indie Wire (“FilmGate Interactive Unveils Schedule for 2nd Interactive Film Festival and Technology Conference Featuring Master Class with Philip Bloom”)

FilmGate/CNTRL ALT DANCE in Miami New Times (“FilmGate Interactive 2014: Five Performances Not to Miss”)

FilmGate/CNTL ALT DANCE in Artburst Miami (” FilmGate Fest Highlights Screen Performance Like Mad King Thomas”)

Send Our Love to France in Queerty (“Gay Artists Have Five-Minute Makeout Sesh in Ocean to Send Love to France”)

Send Our Love to France in A Cause des Garçons (“Le baiser salé de Pioneer Winter et Jared Sharon pour le Florida/France Festival” / Salty kiss “Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon for Florida / France Festival”)

Send Our Love to France in Gay Star News (“Two men kissing on a beach – and kissing, and kissing, and kissing in wet and wild ad”)

Send Our Love to France in Out Traveler (“VIDEO: From Here to Eternity, The Gay Version”)

Pioneer Winter’s Grass Stains in Knight Arts (“75 Finalists in Knight Arts Challenge South Florida”)

Pioneer Winter’s Romantic Endings in Miami New Times (“Romantic Endings Pairs Classic Movie Death Scenes With a Ten-Course Dinner”)

Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon’s ¿Que Pasa (En Danza), U.S.A.? in Artburst Miami (“Cuban Roots and Dance, ‘Que Pasa, USA?'”)


Pioneer Winter – Miami New Times Mastermind Awards

A Proper Marriage / My Eyes Move You in Knight Arts (“A Proper Marriage Between Two or Three Stars”

A Proper Marriage / My Eyes Move You in Tropicult (“NWM 2013: A Proper Marriage/My Eyes Move You (Performance/Lecture”)

Pioneer Winter in MiamiArtZine (“Renaissance Man Pioneer Winter”)

Pie Solo in Knight Arts  (“Pioneer Winter’s First Solo Performance at MTC”)

Pie Solo in MiamiArtZine (“25 Years in the Life of Pie”)

Pie Solo in Miami Herald / Artburst Miami (“Pie Solo Takes Worthwhile Risks”)

Pie Solo in Miami New Times (“In Pie Solo, Pioneer Winter Strips and Self-Flagellates”)

Bicinium in Knight Arts (“Announcing 66 finalists in Miami Knight Arts Challenge”)

Project L.E.A.P. in Knight Arts (“Project LEAP Storms Lincoln Road”)

Timed Saliva in Huffington Post Miami (“Miami Performance Festival Features Mom Hookers, Conjoined Kissers, And Fluffers”)

Timed Saliva in Artburst Miami (“Mommy Hookers, Making Out, and More Performance”)

Bicinium in MiamiArtZine (“Fingers Crossed For One of the 66 Knights Arts Challenge Finalists”)

Bicinium in Artburst Miami (“Becoming Bicinium”)

“Inspektor” in Artburst Miami (“Dance Sampler: A Preview of Miami’s Active Dance Life”)

“Inspektor” in Miami New Times (“Dance Sampler: A Preview of Miami’s Active Dance Life”)

A Proper Marriage / My Eyes Move You in StarNews Online (“Cucalorus 19 – Kicking off with Dance-a-lorus”)


“Ebb/Flow” in MiamiArtZine

“Ebb/Flow” in Knight Arts

“Mother-Son(days)” in Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler by Artburst Miami

1000th Random Act of Culture – “Ode to Joy” in Miami Herald

1000th Random Act of Culture – “Ode to Joy” in Knight Arts

Pioneer Winter in Miami New Times and Artburst Miami

Project LEAP in South Florida Gay News

Project LEAP in Knight Arts


Pioneer Winter in Knight Arts

Phallussy in MiamiArtZine

Phallussy in Miami New Times

Phallussy in Art Burst Miami

42: A Stonewall Prospective in MiamiArtZine

42: A Stonewall Prospective in Miami New Times

42: A Stonewall Prospective in Knight Arts

“Pas de Deux” in South Florida Gay News

42: A Stonewall Prospective in Art Papers

Pioneer Winter in Sun Post Weekly

“Mother-Son(days)” in Knight Art

Notes on the first “Miami Open Stage”


Reaching the Surface in South Florida Gay News

Reaching the Surface in Miami Herald

Reaching the Surface in Examiner