Miami, FL | Born: 12/08/1987 | Lives and works in Miami
Pioneer Winter is a Miami-native conceptual choreographer and filmmaker. As a young artist, he uses social and cultural narratives to anchor his work. An alumnus of the Florida International University Honors College (’07), he holds a Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (’09).
Pioneer has presented work for the International Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDxMIA at New World Symphony, Miami-Dade College, Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Art Museum, Miami Beach Convention Center, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, WPBT2′s Art Loft, Knight Foundation Random Acts of Culture, Bass Museum of Art, Art Wynwood, Deering Estate at Cutler, American College Dance Festival, Art Live Fair, Frost Museum of Art, O Cinema, Florida Dance Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, FilmGate Interactive, and Triskelion Arts, NYC, among others.
Pioneer began studying with Edwin and Gaile Holland, followed by Miami City Ballet with further training by Michael Langlois and at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). Pioneer has worked with Jubilee Dance Theatre, Dance Now! Miami, Next Step Dance Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Brazz Dance Theater, Ballet Etoile, Aire Dance Company, and has performed on tour in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain and Mexico City.
Support has included the Puffin Foundation, Miami Foundation, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami Beach Arts Trust, Miami Art Museum, Creative Capital Professional Development Program, City of Miami Beach Arts Council, and Miami Theater Center, among others. Winter is the only choreographer to be accepted into the Cannonball Miami/LegalArt 2012-2013 residency program for Miami-based artists, and he recently completed a residency with Miami Dade College – Kendall and Miami Theater Center’s SandBox Series with his solo work PIE SOLO. Winter directs Project LEAP, a free six-month dance and creative communication program for teens that focuses on teaching how to use the arts for activism and social change. Currently, Winter holds a choreographic residency at Nova Southeastern University.
As a young queer artist, I use social and cultural narratives – my Miami-made history – to anchor my work, demonstrating properties of contemporary dance and theater, along with functional multimedia, text, and current events.
I am strongly influenced and uniquely shaped by growing up in Miami, developing work that is site-specific, concert/theater-based, and dance on film. My process includes development of a pattern that draws from improvisation and then becomes standardized across an ensemble as they re-work it to suit their own bodies. I also observe dancers fully and create work that I know will translate to them more efficiently—not by condensing movement, but by becoming more aware of an artists’ individuality and reconciling the physical differences in all of us. Experimentation remains an integral method in my work and I utilize it to maintain levels of spontaneity and reality. Unlike inanimate mediums, utilization of movement and bodies is both a complication and significant investment. This tenuous boundary between states of staging and revision is unique to choreography and it is something with which I am fascinated.
I promote social awareness and engage the community at-large by creating dialogue focused on community interactions, and interdisciplinary collaboration with dance performances–shaping connections that move. Much of this comes out of my own experience navigating through relationships and my own sexuality, unique from my cohorts and removed from ageist underpinnings. This sexuality, fear, freedom—humanity at its basest level—is something that is incredibly visceral. Many of us are identity-hungry and fight daily to maintain our own truth.
My passion resides in crossing barriers–commonalities over stereotypes, and noting the parallels between different people and backgrounds–cultivating geo-social identity through performance.