ABOUT PIONEER WINTER
Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer and dancer, recognized in Dance Magazine's 2019 “25 to Watch". He directs Pioneer Winter Collective, a contemporary dance and physical theater company of allied bodies, who democratize performance in public spaces, museums/galleries, stage, and film. The Collective is freed through an ethos tied to sharing human experience as wholly as possible.
Pioneer develops his work through local engagement practices, like Werqshop for emerging LGBT+ artists, intergenerational labs and social activities with Lambda Living, a service program for LGBT elders, and weekly workshops at Lotus House, a women’s shelter that includes youth. Central to the mission of access, Pioneer directs Grass Stains, a project for site-specific dance creation that includes an ongoing collaboration with Los Angeles-based choreographer Stephan Koplowitz. Pioneer Winter has curated and directed ScreenDance Miami Festival since 2016, presented first by Tigertail Productions and now by Miami Light Project; his own films screen internationally.
He holds an MPH Public Health and Epidemiology from Florida International University and MFA Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak, as the first artist recipient of the Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholarship. Editor’s Pick for "Best Dancer" of 2018 in Miami New Times, his projects are supported by local, state, foundation, and fellowship grants. His choreography has been commissioned by several South Florida universities, the Adrienne Arsht Center's Miami Made Festival, Miami Theater Center, Karen Peterson and Dancers, Tigertail Productions, MDC Live Arts, and Jacksonville Dance Theatre. He seeks out dance in all bodies and experiences, most recently in a solo for a 13 year-old basketball prodigy, which premiered at MDC Live Arts in Miami February 2019. This summer, Pioneer Winter is project lead on an international site dance project in association with choreographer Ana Sanchez-Colberg (Theatre enCorps, Athens, GR), which brings site dance and technology to bridge ten cities internationally in simultaneous performances. Outside of his company, Pioneer teaches in areas of social justice and art, epistemology, and dance at FIU, where he has been a faculty fellow in the Honors College since 2014, dance minor coordinator and adjunct faculty in the Theatre Department since 2018.