Sheffield, MA—Berkshire-based choreographer Fiona Scruggs’s Qualia Dance Collective has announced it’s summer 2023 season in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. 

Founded in 2022, Qualia Dance Collective seeks to explore the qualities of space, time, and energy as catalysts for movement and art and performs the choreography of Fiona Scruggs. Scruggs’s background is in ballet, so her movement is grounded in principles of line and technical precision. The work she creates explores creative narratives of visual art and often possesses a surrealist quality, inviting her audience to envision new worlds. We perform in local venues and festivals to stay connected to our Berkshire neighbors and form stronger bonds with our nearby communities. Dialogues with the audience following performances are integral to engaging with our community and bridging access into the artistic process. Their work is poetic and classical, smart and inventive. They aim to awaken the imaginations of everyone they meet.

Summer 2023 performances by Qualia Dance Collective have or will take place at the following venues:

July 27 at “Spirits of Chesterwood with Berkshire Pulse Choreographers” at Chesterwood at 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. (Stockbridge, MA): “Spirits of Chesterwood” is an intergenerational dance project created by 7 local choreographers in the Berkshire Pulse Community. Choreographer Fiona Scruggs will premiere a new duet titled “Through the Outside Room” as part of this performance. This duet will be performed by Kendra Lassor and Fiona Scruggs. Tickets: https://www.chesterwood.org/calendar-2023/2023/6/9/spirits-of-chesterwood-cdxae

August 18 at Jacob’s Pillow at 6:00 p.m. (Becket, MA): Fiona Scruggs’s Qualia Dance Collective was selected by Jacob’s Pillow to perform in the Artists of the Berkshires performance on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage on August 18. Qualia Dance Collective will perform two pieces choreographed by Fiona Scruggs: “Chiaroscuro Third Movement,” danced by Veronica Bone, Laura Coe, and Fiona Scruggs, and “Qualia: Time,” danced by Veronica Bone and Gillian Ebersole. Tickets and more information: https://www.jacobspillow.org/events/community-day-2023/

ABOUT FIONA SCRUGGS

Born in Tübingen, Germany, Fiona Scruggs is a dancer, choreographer, researcher, educator, and writer.  Fiona’s choreography has been presented at the 5×5 Dance Festival (CT), The Foundry (MA), Bard College at Simon’s Rock (MA), Berkshire Theatre Group (MA), Chesterwood (MA), Berkshire Busk (MA), Choreography on the Edge (NY), the New Rochelle Arts Fest (NY), Salzburg International Ballet Academy Gala (Austria), Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts (NY), and Radford University (VA). She is an American Ballet Theatre certified Teacher through Level 5 and recently completed a two-year Teaching Artist Fellowship through the Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Youth Development program. Fiona is a teaching artist at Berkshire Pulse and the Director of Communications & Marketing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer of Qualia Dance Collective.

Fiona is the former School Programs Coordinator at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, where she researched, wrote, and curated an archival collection about The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s 90-year history and legacy. She received a bachelor’s degree in dance education, summa cum laude, from Radford University, where she received several fellowships and grants to conduct research and choreography in France and the U.S. on the life, career, and legacy of Josephine Baker, which she has presented at numerous regional conferences.

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