Dancer Q and A: Fiona Jopp

Fiona Jopp first joined Sydney Dance Company in 2010 for the tour of we unfold around Australia and to the Biennale di danza in Venice. She also performed in Emanuel Gat’s Satisfying Musical Moments with the Company. After working and travelling extensively throughout Europe for the last 2 years, Fiona re-joined Sydney Dance Company in 2013.

You can catch her performing in Project Rameau at QPAC, Brisbane from 11-13 July 2013. Click here for further info and check out her full bio here.

What did you love most about growing up in Queensland?

I grew up on Tamborine Mountain, surrounded by forest and wildlife. It was a wonderful place to escape to. The best part about training on the Gold Coast was that the studio was a 2 minute walk to the beach! We used to come back from lunch with sandy feet to do our pointe class!

What has been your most inspiring dancing experience?

One of my most inspiring dancing experiences was my first job as a contemporary dancer opening a performance with Michael Clark Company at the Barbican Centre in London. Strangely, I was far less nervous for that solo than my first performance years later working for Rafael!

What is your favourite thing about Project Rameau and what is the most challenging thing about performing in the work?

A favourite thing in general about working with Sydney Dance Company is witnessing the collective talent in the building. I often get swept up watching my colleagues and almost miss my own entrances! What I’m looking forward to the most in Project Rameau is working with the musicians. It’s so inspiring to perform with live musicians.

Outside of dancing, what are your other passions?

I find myself with new obsessions on a regular basis. I adore being introduced to new things and learning new skills. Right now i’m consumed with renovating my new home.

What’s one thing most people wouldn’t know about you?

I sprained my ankle riding a chopper in an all male prison.