Pioneer Winter | Miami, FL | Born: 12/08/1987 | Lives and works in Miami
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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 arts initiatives. He is co-director of RIFT Blackbox and the Miami Dance Studio, and was founding curator of transmedia performances for FilmGate Interactive. Through his Collective, Winter also directs/produces several programs, including L.E.A.P. (Leaders of Equality through Arts and Performance), a creative communication program 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 was a Dance Miami Choreographic Program recipient (2014-2015) and Miami Goes Elsewhere Fellowship recipient (2016), and is a fellow and faculty member in the FIU Honors College Department and adjunct faculty at Miami Dade College. Winter is on the vision committee for the building of the Pembroke Pines Performing Arts and Civic Center. He was recently appointed director of Tigertail Production’s ScreenDance Miami festival for 2017.
Pioneer Winter has presented work in the International Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDxMIA at New World Symphony, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Perez Art Museum of Miami (formerly Miami Art Museum), Miami-Dade County Auditorium, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, WPBT2’s Art Loft and 10 Under 40, ScreenDance Miami, Knight Foundation’s Random Acts of Culture, Duncan Theatre, Bass Museum of Art, Art Wynwood, Deering Estate at Cutler, American College Dance Festival, Frost Museum of Art, O Cinema, Florida Dance Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, FilmGate Interactive, and Triskelion Arts, NYC, among others. Upcoming commissions for 2016 and 2017 include Karen Peterson and Dancers (to develop a mixed ability pas de deux), and the Pembroke Pines Performing Arts and Civic Center.
Winter studied with Edwin and Gaile Holland, followed by Miami City Ballet with further training by Michael Langlois, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). He has been mentored by choreographers Christina Teague-Mann, Ana Sánchez-Colberg, Michael Kliën, Jüri Nael, and Octavio Campos, as well as intensive labs with Nora Chipaumire, Mario Zambrano, 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, Brazz Dance Theater, Aire Dance Company, Karen Peterson and Dancers, and Next Step Dance, among others. Continued professional development has included intensive choreographic and transmedia labs with The FIELD, MDC Live Arts, Creative Capital, and the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program.
Pioneer Winter’s recent projects received support from the John and James L. Knight Foundation/Knight Arts Challenge, FL Dept of State Division of Cultural Affairs, The Miami Foundation, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Winter has held residencies at Cannonball Miami, Miami Dade College, Miami Theater Center’s SandBox, Nova Southeastern University, Broward College, and Jacksonville University. Winter’s projects are uniquely Miami-made, socially conscious, and part of a growing community of creative makers carving into Miami’s geosocial identity.
More of Pioneer Winter’s work may be viewed here.