Latest work, premiering March 22-23, contains challenging themes and nudity
By Jose Cassola
Pioneer Winter Collective — Florida’s only dance company to focus on LGBTQ and other marginalized communities — premieres its latest dance performance, “Reprise,” at 8:30 p.m. March 22-23 at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St.
“Reprise” will contain challenging themes and nudity. Director and choreographer Pioneer Winter says the performance looks at the intersectionality of being “queered” and also questions the “nature of allyship.”
“How are we allies to one another, to other marginalized groups? The LGBTQIA2+ community often tries for radical inclusivity, but we still have issues with supporting all members,” Winter said.
Winter adds radical inclusion “creates the need to have difficult discussions that sometimes cause us to dismantle tradition.”
“If people aren’t willing to dismantle systems that exclude, then what makes an ally? Our treatment of people of trans experience, our treatment of people of color, our inclusion of non-binary folks, people living with disabilities, etc.,” Winter said. “I acknowledge my privilege and use the Collective, as a group of allied bodies, to use dance and performance as a non-threatening way to explore topics that we sometimes prefer not to discuss.”
“Reprise,” the latest dance performance by the Pioneer Winter Collective, includes a diverse cast of performers, including Frank Campisano, Hector Machado, Niurca Márquez, Lize-Lotte Pitlo, June Romero, Katrina Weaver and Pioneer Winter. (Photo courtesy of Pioneer Winter Collective).
The ensemble includes a diverse cast of South Florida performers, including Winter, Frank Campisano, Hector Machado, Niurca Márquez, Lize-Lotte Pitlo, June Romero and Katrina Weaver. Following the performance, audience members are invited to meet the artists. Winter says this latest work features “some of the most powerful artists with whom I’ve had the opportunity to work with.”
“‘Reprise’ uses contemporary dance and physical theater to explore queerness, memory and marginalization and how our lives intersect,” Winter said. “As Florida’s only dance company focused on the LGBTQ community and social justice, I feel the content of ‘Reprise’ is incredibly timely.”
Through its mainstage choreographic explorations, as well as projects like the queer youth program, LEAP, and the professional artist program, Grass Stains, Pioneer Winter Collective promotes dance as an anchor for social change and deep community engagement by providing a platform for risk-taking and progressive performances.
Photo courtesy of Pioneer Winter Collective
Winter says his dance company “democratizes performance through the unexpected.”
“[We] champion unexpected bodies, telling unexpected stories and personal histories, in unexpected and hidden places,” Winter said. “[We] are believers in the beauty of vulnerability and humanness.”
Ticket sale proceeds and any additional donations made during the “Reprise” performances will go toward future Pioneer Winter Collective programming, including its queer youth LEAP Summit, which will be held in April.
Tickets are $30, including performance and cocktails, and may be purchased in advance on Eventbrite at http://www.reprise.eventbrite.com. Tickets also available at the door at MDCA via Ticketmaster.