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Pioneer Winter's upcoming one-man show at Miami Theater Center 'explores faith, queerness'

Performance artist Pioneer Winter (Phallussy) performs a new one-man show Fridays and Saturday from March 15-30 at Miami Theater Center in Miami Shores.

Here's the news release:

MIAMI THEATER CENTER PRESENTS PIONEER WINTER’S WORLD-PREMIERE CONTEMPORARY ONE-MAN SHOW

EXPLORES FAITH, QUEERNESS IN MTC’S SANDBOX, MARCH 15-30, 2013

MIAMI SHORES, February 18, 2013 — Miami Theater Center is delighted to announce the upcoming performances of Miami native Pioneer Winter’s world-premiere reinterpretation of the “one-man show,” Pie Solo. Performances, which are part of Miami Theater Center’s SandBox Series, take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, March 15 through March 30 at MTC’s SandBox space, located at 9816 NE 2nd Avenue. Tickets are $20 and group rates are available. To purchase, call 305-751-9550 or visit www.mtcmiami.org.

Pioneer Winter calls his multimedia work Pie Solo a “quarter-life” interpretation of the classic one-man show, to which he added an updated, personal touch to engage a contemporary mature audience. “While in traditional one-man shows, the performer regales the audience with humorous anecdotes, snappy dance routines, and music, my take is slightly darker and sexual, although there are funny moments,” said Winter. “In Pie Solo, I combine anecdotes, tap and contemporary dance, and music to illustrate the story of a young performer who straddles the line between exhaustion and exhilaration.”

The work stretches definitions and perceptions, reexamining faith in religion and culture from the vantage points of sexuality, age and queerness. It draws the audience into an intimate and interactive dialogue blending humor, isolation and anecdote. A fantasy-like film sequence anchors the work, allowing Winter to explore the interplay of reality and fantasy through simultaneous projected media and live performance. “The way I use projections in the work allows me to play with the sense of reality and fantasy, that idea of multiplicity,” said Winter. Other elements of the performance include tap dancing and stripping. The performance contains adult language and nudity.

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Pie Solo runs March 15, 2013 through March 30, 2013 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. All performances are atMiami Theater Center’s SandBox, located at 9816 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL  33138. Tickets are $20 and group rates are available. Call 305-751-9550 or visit www.mtcmiami.org to purchase tickets. Please be advised:this performance contains nudity and adult language.

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About Miami Theater Center

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, Miami Theater Center (MTC) produces classical and contemporary works that entertain and educate audiences and artists of all ages and abilities. MTC programs include MTCperformance, innovative theater, dance, and music; MTCplayground, which offers camps and workshops for children at our venue and beyond; MTCtraining, learning opportunities for performers, theater technicians, arts administrators, and members of the public who want to explore and develop their creativity through movement, theater, improvisation, and more; and MTCfilm, independent, foreign, family, and art films presented in partnership with O Cinema. For more information, call 305-751-9550 or visit mtcmiami.org.

The SandBox Series, a program of MTCperformance, nurtures innovative contemporary artists by extending to them MTC’s commitment to quality, rigor, and high production values. MTC provides SandBox Series artists with a stipend, the opportunity to rehearse and present their work – an investment equivalent to 100 hours – in MTC’s SandBox, a 70-person black box performance space. In-depth individual professional support is also provided.

Pioneer Winter, a Miami native, is a conceptual choreographer and filmmaker. As a young queer artist, he uses social and cultural narratives – his Miami-made underpinnings – to anchor his work. As an artist and person, he is strongly influenced and uniquely shaped by his growing up in Miami. An alumnus of Florida International University Honors College, he holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dance studies include Edwin and Gaile Holland, Miami City Ballet, Michael Langlois, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). He has created work for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 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 Arts Random Acts of Culture, Bass Museum of Art, Art Wynwood, Deering Estate at Cutler, American College Dance Festival, Art Live Fair, O Cinema, Florida Dance Festival, and Film Gate, among others. Winter has worked with Jubilee Dance Theatre, Dance Now! Miami, Next Step Dance, Brazz Dance Theater, Ballet Etoile, Aire Dance Company, and has performed on tour in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, and Mexico City, Mexico. 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. Currently, Winter also 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.

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