Glory Tap

Pioneer Winter: Director/Choreographer
Jared Sharon: Visual Director/Editor
Claudio Marcotulli: Camera
Dancers: Pioneer Winter & Allisen Learnard
Stall Design: Jared Sharon

Glory Tap was presented on June 28, 2011 at the Bass Museum of Art (Miami Beach) in the Sol M. Taplin Gallery, as part of the evening-length production 42: A Stonewall Prospective. The performance featured live contemporary dance, film, and large scale props in a multidisciplinary performance to recall the events leading to the uprising and violent protests of June 28, 1969, which birthed the modern-day gay civil rights movement.

MOTIFS: anonymity, freedom, fear, stigma, forced silence, oppression, liberation

The “Glory Tap” immediately follows a section titled “The Breach,” where three dancers representative of 1969 police officers attack a lone dancer atop a melting bed (representative of those at the Stonewall Inn). As two of the officers drag the dancer atop the bed away, the third officer clandestinely enters the bathroom stall. Thus, symbolizing the inability to accept those who are different and the hypocrisy (down-low) that often ensues. The persecutor becomes the persecuted.

Original premiere of Glory Tap was June 2011 at the Bass Museum of Art. Additional performances have included a variation in PIE SOLO presented at Miami Theater Center March 15-30, 2013. The film version of Glory Tap has been featured in the November 8-10, 2012 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival at CounterPULSE.

Sponsors and Community Partners: Miami Beach Arts Trust; City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Programs; 42 Below vodka; MiamiArtZine; 360 Image Design; The Ancient Spanish Monastery; Peaches School of Dance

Funding for this project was provided by a Miami Beach Arts Gala Grant through the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, Cultural Affairs Program.

Copyright © 2011, Pioneer Winter & Jared Sharon