WEST STOCKBRIDGE, MA: Fiona Scruggs presents "QUALIA"
Fiona Scruggs Dance
“Qualia” choreographed by Fiona Scruggs is a multi-piece work that illustrates the concept of qualia, which is defined as one’s own individual experience and consciousness. “Qualia” illustrates the cyclical and ephemeral nature of time, space, and energy and their relationships to our perception of transient experiences. Research for this performance includes Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory (1931), Giorgio De Chirico’s metaphysical paintings, essays and articles expounding on the relationship between time and history, and the artists’ unique personal perceptions of time, space, and energy.
Born in Tübingen, Germany, Fiona Scruggs moved to the USA as a child and has since continued dancing. She is currently a New England based dancer, choreographer, researcher and educator. Her choreographic interests are driven by history, visual art, and music. Fiona’s choreography has been presented at The Foundry and Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in western Massachusetts, the 5×5 Dance Festival in Connecticut, the New Rochelle Arts Fest, and Radford University.
Fiona is currently a Teaching Artist Fellow through the Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Youth Development program. She is a teaching artist at Berkshire Pulse and is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher. Fiona’s research interests relate to the history of ballet, the jazz and African diaspora, and early modern dance. She has received several fellowships and grants to conduct research and choreography in France and the USA on the life, career, and legacy of Josephine Baker, and presented at numerous regional conferences.
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