Residency Period: February 2012-January 2013
A Miami native, Pioneer holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology. The focus of his work resides in the intersecting properties of contemporary dance and theater to channel topics of social awareness through functional multimedia and film. His projects find their niche in the portability of the messages and the way the themes discussed, maintain significance and identification within the current social climate. He has created work for the International Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, Museum of Contemporary Art, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami Beach Convention Center, and Bass Museum of Art. FL Dance Masters accredited, Pioneer began dancing with Edwin and Gaile Holland, later coached by Michael Langlois and additional training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). Pioneer has worked with Jubilee Dance Theatre, Dance Now! Miami, Next Step Dance, Brazz Dance Theater, Ballet Etoile and has performed on tour in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain and Mexico City. His work includes, Reaching the Surface, an evening-length work reducing HIV/AIDS stigma with artists either infected or affected by HIV; Phallussy in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Miami Made Weekend; and 42: A Stonewall Prospective presented at the Bass Museum of Art; and Miami Open Stage with his piece Mother-Son(days). Pioneer believes a multichanneled introduction of medium to audiences fosters greater absorption. This contributes to the community at-large, rather than relying on an already-knowledgeable arts community.