At 23, Pioneer Winter is something of a curiosity. He was born in South Miami, graduated from the dance magnet at Michael Krop high school in 2006, choreographed a show for the largest arts festival in the world in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2007, had his master's degree in public health and epidemiology by 2009, performed with Dance Now! Miami, Next Step Dance, and Jubilee Dance Theatre and in Cotton Club Revues in Mexico City, Barcelona and Madrid. He's trained with dancers like Michael Langlois and Brigid Baker. He was also an original cast member in Rosie Herrera's Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret in 2009.
In Spring 2010, he conceived and directed Reaching the Surface, a multi-disciplinary project aimed at reducing HIV/AIDS stigma by inviting artists infected or affected by the disease to take part. The process was much more charged than the young director had anticipated, with mixed reactions and one performer discovering his positive status during rehearsals. His new show, Phallussy (like phallus + fallacy, in case you were puzzled), part of the Arsht Center's Miami Made weekend, is a series of vignettes that examines and challenges stereotypes tied to gender and sexual orientation.
Fri., March 4, 9:15 p.m.; Sat., March 5, 3:15 p.m., 2011
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