View the full interview here, as well as Wire interviews with other Miami-based LGBT artists: Wire Magazine, Issue #23.2013
Pioneer Winter has been awarded a scholarship by MDC Live Arts to participate in a month-long professional development intensive featuring acclaimed dancer/choreographer, Nora Chipaumire. Funded by the Knight Foundation, the Live Arts Lab seeks to nurture local performing artists through intensive summer study alongside master level practitioners at the summit of their careers.
What the critics are saying about PIE SOLO:
“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
MIAMI THEATER CENTER PRESENTS PIONEER WINTER’S WORLD-PREMIERE CONTEMPORARY ONE-MAN SHOW — EXPLORES FAITH, QUEERNESS IN MTC’S SANDBOX, MARCH 15-30, 2013
PERFORMANCE AT MIAMI ART MUSEUM PROVIDES UNIQUE LOOK AT DANCER-MUSICIAN RELATIONSHIPS
On Thursday, February 21, 2013 A Proper Marriage/My Eyes Move You premiered as a four-part series of vignettes at the Miami Art Museum via New Work Miami 2013 initiative c/o SPRING BREAK.
A review of A Proper Marriage found in Knight Arts blog by critic Neil de la Flor: http://www.knightarts.org/community/miami/a-proper-marraige-between-two-or-three-stars
SPRING BREAK, a nomadic artist project that creates public programming and works in concert with the artists in NWM 2013 and other Miami-based artists, brings Winter’s A Proper Marriage to MAM during their NWM residency. A Proper Marriage/My Eyes Move You comments on the perceived co-dependence of music and movement—especially live music with dance. Sheet music is attached to the backs of dancers, and the musicians follow the dancer in order to read the music and maintain the melody. Irony rests in the notion that if the dancer moves too quickly and the musician cannot keep up, the music will falter and the dancer’s own rhythm will stop. While there have been mover-musician partnerships, the vast majority of works have been developed by first creating the music and then creating the dance.
A Proper Marriage is a speculative piece that looks at the underlying properties of a dancer’s perceived dependence on composition, and the musician’s own foresight to create action from sound. The live performance overlays a film component developed jointly by Pioneer Winter and Indie Film Club Miami that explores the sporadic eye movements of musicians as they sight-read American composer Cole Porter’s “Easy to Love” and improvise in solo jam sessions.
“Working with SPRING BREAK in bringing this piece to MAM and developing the film component with Indie Film Club Miami has been a great experience. Collaboration can be very satisfying—you come to the table with certain ideas and assumptions, but with the right people, it can take a whole new direction,” says Pioneer Winter, 25.
Film and dance? Miami native Pioneer Winter manages to combine two art forms not commonly coupled. The conceptual choreographer and filmmaker graduated from FIU Honors College with a BS in psychology and a master’s in epidemiology and biostatistics, going on to wow the art world with his work. Winter has presented his work at the Fringe Arts Festival in Scotland, the Bass Museum of Art, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, and the Deering Estate, just to name a few.
Winter is also the only choreographer to be accepted into the Cannonball Miami/LegalArt 2012-2013 residency program for Miami-based artists, and will be a resident artist at Miami Theater Center/The Sandbox this year. Plus, Winter also helms Project LEAP, a free program for teaching teens how to change the world through art, a theme that runs through his work.
“My work utilizes social and cultural narratives — my Miami-made underpinnings — to recall and develop a sense of geo-social identity. Creating dance on film and collaborating with visual artists and other arts presenters, I provide opportunities for accessing dance without needing to worry about barriers like schedule or ticket price. I believe in promoting awareness by discussing topics ranging from HIV and health disparities to gender, ageism, and identity.”
Cultist: In first grade, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a mad scientist. Not just any scientist — a mad one. I like to think that my practice of interdisciplinary performance work and engagement of community has given me some semblance of that.
Who’s your favorite filmmaker?
Alejandro Jodorowsky for his progressiveness, and Wim Wenders for his Pina Bausch documentation.
If you had a $1 billion budget, what would be the title of your film?
Favorite thing about Miami?
It’s my home. I love everything about it. The transient lifestyle, the beaches, the emerging arts community. I am completely Miami-made and am happy to be creating here.
Least favorite thing about Miami?
Traffic! But that is everywhere. Even the hurricanes don’t bother me — gives us an excuse to throw a party.
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“Glory Tap” (2011) has been chosen to be presented in the 2012 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival November 8-11, 2012 @ CounterPULSE. “Glory Tap” originally premiered on the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall riots, June 28, 2011, at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach. At the premiere, “Glory Tap” was performed live, as part of the evening-length work 42: A Stonewall Prospective, which included two other live sections, as well as the screendance “Heterodox.” Motifs include: anonymity, freedom, fear, stigma, oppression, liberation, and hypocrisy.
“Glory Tap” immediately followed a section titled “The Breach,” where three characters, representative of 1969 police officers, attack a lone dancer atop a melting bed. As two of the officers drag the dancer atop the bed away, the third officer clandestinely enters the bathroom stall–the inability to accept those who are different from us and the hypocrisy of living a life on the down-low. The persecutor becomes the persecuted.
Images from a concept shoot, developing a series of jumping off points for upcoming solo work, which will premier in March 2013 at Miami Theater Center/The SandBox Series.
Pie Solo (2013) at Miami Theater Center | 305-751-9550 | 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL, 33138, USA
March 15th and 16th (Friday/Saturday)
March 22nd and 23rd (Friday/Saturday)
March 29th and 30th (Friday/Saturday)
All start times are 8 PM – Ticket cost: $20
All photos by Javi Geovanni.