On September 1, 2012 Pioneer Winter worked with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in a Knight Arts initiative that culminated 2 years of Random Acts of Culture. Pioneer Winter served as the dance coordinator for 4 Miami-based dance organizations, as well as choreographing for the contemporary dancers, AileyCamp Miami alumni, and the finale. The purpose of the Knight Foundation’s Random Acts of Culture pop-up performances is to weave art and culture into everyday life. Over the past 2 years, the Knight Foundation worked with 8 cities across America to rethink how the arts were presented, and how people interact with art. Other performers included: musicians from the Miami Music Project, Frost School of Music; singers from the Miami Mass Choir and Master Chorale, alumni of AileyCamp Miami, Ife Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Company, Edwin Holland Dance Ensemble, and Pioneer Winter Collective.
Images by Neil de la Flor and Jared Sharon
Knight Foundation – Article
Knight Arts Blog – Article
WPBT2 on uVu – Interview with Pioneer Winter about the RAC process
Miami Herald – Article
“Mother-Son(days)” was performed April 27th and 28th, 2012 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center for the Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler, and the reviews are in! A very thorough article was written by Miguel Angel Estefan, Jr., published in Artburst Miami–the performers and I are very grateful for the coverage and the poignant interest and understanding of the piece. “Mother-Son(days)” will also be performed June 13, 2012 in Tampa, FL at the University of South Florida for the Florida Dance Festival.
Excerpt from Artburst Miami Review article:
Pioneer Winter’s Mother-Son(days) was a profound piece performed by Winter and Ana Bolt as the mother-son pair. The duet was accompanied by the live narration of Winter’s mother’s diary from when she was 17 years old, ruminating on her future about love, family, and death — and from Winter’s own diary as a 10 year old facing the death of his mother. The diary entries are almost 20 years apart and illustrated the similarities in the mother’s and son’s emotional and sometimes prophetic tenor. To use Winter’s own words, “separated by time… [the entries] reflect similar personalities, fears, and even [the] same humor.”
In less capable hands this could have easily been a maudlin and overly sentimental piece. But Winter’s true genius is that the he created a movement landscape that, although was as abstract as the dialogue was literal, existed alongside the narration within the same tone poem. The dancing rested like a subconscious layer over the words without any literal translation yet still provoked the sense of love, loss, and humor without any sentimental manipulation. His work evidences a profound maturity in such a young creator whose talent was well matched by the incomparable stage presence, subtlety and intensity, of Bolt. Both dancers mirrored and informed each other in their separate landscapes only to join at the very end to the echoed sentiment of how Winter and his mother both really didn’t like Sundays.
Excerpt regarding performances in the Florida Dance Festival:
Dancers from across the state submit a variety of original works to Florida Dance Association for the opportunity to perform during the festival’s Florida Dances. Five performances will be showcased including a duet by local Tampa dancers, Erin Tracy and Tina Tidwell; group work but Tallahassee-based Keisha Calderon; ballet duet by Florida Dance Theatre’s Carol Erkes from Lakeland; a duet and solo by University of Florida’s Kristin O’Neal and Greg Catelier; a duet by Miami-based choreographer Pioneer Winter and a special performance will be presented in honor of Florida State University’s Lynda Davis who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Read the full Review article here: http://artburstmiami.com/2012/05/22/daniel-lewis-miami-dance-sampler-a-recap/
Read more about Florida Dance Association and the Florida Dance Festival here: http://www.floridadanceassociation.org/dance_information.htm and http://madduxpress.com/index.php/2012/05/10/kate-weare-company-and-brazz-dance-theater-come-to-florida-dance-festival-45767/
Pairings: A Fundraiser with Common Threads and LegalArt was recently held this past Thursday, March 29th.
This was a first-of-its-kind collaborative event celebrating artists and chefs, where guests were able to enjoy delicious bites from Chow Down Grill, Gastropod, and Mad Man Jack’s Bar-B-Q, along with cocktails by 42Below Vodka, Société Perrier, and Peroni Beer.
Interactive culinary-inspired art performances created by LegalArt artists in residence and friends included Liz Ferrer, Patti Hernandez, Jiae Hwang, Lucas Leyva, Jillian Mayer, Jared Sharon, Leo Valencia, Amy von Harrington and Pioneer Winter (Me!), were on display.
I joined with Liz Ferrer and three other performers in moving to the timeless sway of Moonlight Sonata. Each performer had their own food to eat and dance with: onion, limes, papaya, watermelon, and two ice cream drumsticks (vanilla)! Video will be available soon.
Founded in 2003, Common Threads teaches low-income children (ages 8-12 years old) to cook wholesome and affordable meals because we believe that through our hands-on cooking classes we can help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, while celebrating our cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common. Common Threads currently serves over 6,300 students and parents annually nationwide in Chicago, Miami, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. For more information visit http://www.commonthreads.org.
LegalArt is dedicated to providing artists with affordable legal services, grants and educational opportunities. By empowering artists with access to legal and professional support, resources and information, LegalArt creates opportunities and protections for Miami’s art community, fostering a generation of artists who are armed with the skills to legally protect their creations. All LegalArt programming helps artists by creating a community both dedicated to and invested in their success. For more information visit http://www.legalartmiami.org.
Pioneer Winter will be getting certified this weekend in Autism Movement Therapy in Los Angeles, California with Autism Movement Therapist and Autism Expert Joanne Lara.
“Repetitive rocking motion that requires a person to continually find and refind their balance stimulates areas of the brain where learning receptors are located…Programs like Autism Movement Therapy offer opportunities for our kids to develop the necessary and fundamental skills that benefit all our kids. Art saved my life!” – Temple Grandin, PhD
Photographer Leo Mendez asked me, “Are you tired of me yet?”
I responded, “Nope!”
Never could a dancer tire of someone who is interested in capturing the process, rather than the final product. Too often, photographers fool themselves into chasing “ta-daa!” In contemporary dance especially, the thought that is behind the gesture and the behind-the-scenes development is what gives the work resonance. The dance community needs more people like Leo.
Check out more photography by Leo Mendez here.