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REPERTOIRE

"CHIAROSCURO" 
EVENING-LENGTH WORK

“Chiaroscuro” is an evening-length work that draws on art, mannerisms, and narratives of the Baroque.

Through a contemporary lens, this Baroque music and movement study juxtaposes le sacré et le profane, or the sacred and common, with the contrast of light and shadow as defined by chiaroscuro.

Research and inspiration for this performance includes Remedios Varo’s Tailleur pour dames painting, thus exploring the simultaneous dichotomy and harmony between the Baroque and Surrealism.

Embodying the dynamic gestures present in Baroque sculptures and paintings, as well as translating the characteristics of Baroque art and music, such as strong diagonals, swirling action, chiaroscuro, scenes of everyday life, asymmetry, emotion, formal design, and rhythm vitality, are the impetus for the choreography of “Chiaroscuro.”

December 2022, Bard College at Simon's Rock

Excerpt

Great Barrington, MA

 

September 2022, The Foundry

Excerpt

West Stockbridge, MA

September 2022, The Colonial Theatre

Excerpt

Pittsfield, MA

Premiere of Evening-Length: August 2022, Chesterwood

Stockbridge, MA

July 2022, Choreography on the Edge

Excerpt

Kingston, NY

July 2022, Berkshire Busk

Excerpt

Great Barrington, MA

"QUALIA" 
(EVENING-LENGTH)

(FOUR MOVEMENTS: TIME, SPACE, ENERGY & CHAOS)

“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, energy, and chaos 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, energy, and chaos.

The "Space" movement draws on the paintings of Giorgio De Chirico and the use of distance, size, and  spatial organization in stillness and movement.

The "Time" movement illustrates the cyclical and ephemeral nature of time and its relationship to our perception of transient experiences. Research for this duet included Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory (1931), essays and articles expounding on the relationship between time and history, and the artists’ unique personal perceptions of time.

The "Energy" movement of “Qualia” draws on personal experience to investigate and illustrate the relationship of emotion to energy.

The "Chaos" movement exemplifies the consequence of when the elements of space, time, and energy are out of alignment. 

July 2022, Berkshire Busk

"Time," "Energy," & "Space"

Great Barrington, MA

June 2022, Chesterwood Arts Alive!

Kick Off with Berkshire Pulse Choreographers

"Energy" & "Space" 

Stockbridge, MA

May 2022, Bard College at Simon's Rock

"Time"

Great Barrington, MA

April 2022, Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts,

Ukraine Benefit Concert

"Energy"

North Ancram, NY

Premiere of Evening-Length: April 2022, The Foundry

"Space," "Time," "Energy," & "Chaos"

West Stockbridge, MA

Nov. 2021, 5x5 Dance Festival

"Time"

West Hartford, CT

Sept. 2021, Dance on North

"Time"

Pittsfield, MA

Premiere of "Time": Sept. 2021, The Foundry

"Time"

West Stockbridge, MA

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