Winston A. Benons Jr.
Winston A. Benons Jr. is a researcher, choreographer, educator, and the Artistic Director of The Ground Provision Movement (GP), which is a dance theater company founded in 2003. His work is informed by socio-cultural studies and uses dance vocabulary, theatre and text as communicative tools. Winston has had the opportunity to supplement his dance training with socio-cultural studies of Brazil, Cuba, Guyana, Venezuela and Haiti. Recently he presented research and was the panel chair of the Music, Arts and Memory through Integration in Educational Practice panel that was part of the Caribbean Studies Association annual conference in partnership with Universidad de la Habana. He also was chosen to facilitate his workshop Sonata, Sonnet & Social Justice as part of the Teaching Social Activism Conference at the Museum of the City of New York. Winston creates work for his company as one way to disseminate the research, dance studies and all that he has encountered to provoke an active dialogue to affect social change and raise cultural IQ’s. GP has presented work throughout New York City (NuDance festival at Riverside Theater, Thelma Hill dance series at the Triangle theater (LIU), DTW private showing and the Todo Mezclado Dance festival) to name a few. He is the Co-Director of EVOLVE Diaspora an organization that provides intensive studies in culture and dance techniques of the African Diaspora in NYC and Cuba.
Winston has trained with Baba Richard Gonzales, Roseangela Silvestre, Ron Brown, Nia Love and Ned Williams. He attended classes at the Alvin Ailey school, intensive professional dance workshops at Peridance and is a Jacob’s Pillow alum. He is versed in Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Brazilian and Modern dance techniques. He has danced with Roots of Brazil at Symphony Space, Sita Frederick and Laura Bennett at Judson Church, Jocelyn Soulet and Art For Change with Patricia Gutierrez. He has performed as a company member of Ground Floor Dance Collaborative and Blackfeet Dance Co. Winston has performed in Venezuela at the Teatro de la Opera de Maracay and at Aaron Davis Hall with the Mezclado Movement Group. He also performed in theatrical works like The Beauty Part, which was co-produced by the Dodger Productions and Peccadillo Theater Co, King Gilgamesh with the Gilgamesh Theater Co., and La Fille du Regiment and La Boheme operas with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Winston has been a member of PAKA Dance Company since 2012 and is currently the rehearsal director.