Fiona Jopp was born on the Gold Coast and began her training at The Gold Coast City Ballet with Dawn and Joy Ransley. At the age of 15 she travelled to Europe, where she studied at the Palucca School in Dresden and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
As a dancer, Fiona has worked extensively in Australia and internationally across many disciplines. As a freelance dancer she has worked with Michael Clark Company in their productions of The Stravinsky Project, Mmm…, th, and come, been and gone, in the UK, Europe, New York, Seoul, and Japan; with Bonachela Dance Company in the original production of Rafael Bonachela’s The Land of Yes & The Land of No in the UK and Europe; for Emanuel Gat in Brilliant Corners touring the UK Europe and USA; in Javier de Frutos and The Pet Shop Boys The Most Incredible Thing at Sadlers Wells in London; in Gravitas, a duet by Cameron McMillan; and for Sydney Dance Company in Rafael Bonachela’s Outsiders in the City of London Festival. She has performed the roles of the Cheetah and Sarafina in the Australian production of The Lion King for seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai.
In 2010 Fiona took time out from her commitments in Europe to join Sydney Dance Company for the tour of we unfold around Australia and to the Biennale di Danza in Venice, and performed in the Company’s production of Emanuel Gat’s Satisfying Musical Moments. She rejoined Sydney Dance Company in May 2013 and has since performed in numerous Company productions in Australia and internationally, including Rafael Bonachela’s 2 One Another, Project Rameau, Les Illuminations, 2 in D Minor, Scattered Rhymes, Frame of Mind and Triptych (2015); alongside works by guest choreographers including Jacopo Godani’s Raw Models, Gideon Obarzanek’s L’Chaim!, Andonis Foniadakis’ Parenthesis, Lee Serle‘s White Elephant, Cass Mortimer Eipper’s Dogs and Baristas and Gabrielle Nankivell‘s Wildebeest.
Commercially, Fiona has appeared in PUMA advertising, music videos for M.I.A and Calvin Harris and in the films Filth and Wisdom directed by Madonna, World War Z by Marc Forster and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina.
Fiona was the assistant choreographer and played the role of Anybodys in Pimlico Opera’s production of West Side Story in Wandsworth Prison, London. She assisted Cameron McMillan on RE:sounding motion for Ipswich’s DanceEast CAT scheme with Aldebugh Young Musicians. Fiona also assisted Rafael Bonachela, rehearsal directing and managing Revolving Door by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadill for Kaldor Arts Projects’ 13 Rooms.
Fiona created a new piece for Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed 2015 season at Carriageworks – her first professional foray into choreography.