Emma Joukadjian

Emma physio

HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I am a physiotherapist who was originally working with elite sports such as artistic gymnastics and AFL when I was scouted for Cirque Du Soleil. I was interviewed in Shanghai with Quidam. The interview was successful and my first contract was with Corteo in Tokyo 2009-10. I continue to work with CDS and have worked on Corteo, Quidam, Saltimbanco, Ovo and Totem. This then led to working with other companies such as Cirque Eloize, A Chorus Line and Disney’s- The Lion King.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I have come home to Melbourne, I am back working at my original Sports and Private Practice Physiotherapy clinic- Melbourne Physiotherapy Pilates and Fitness Group which is situated at 201 Fitzroy St St Kilda, and am mum to my two year old– which was the reason I returned to Melbourne.

WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
I love it! I love the blend of athleticism and artistry that is circus and physical theatre. It’s my favourite group to work with and to be surrounded by.

WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Working for Cirque Du Soleil as physiotherapist was always my ultimate professional dream- I am thrilled it happened and the rest is history!

IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
Missing it!

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
I can’t perform anything apart from Physio! I’ll have a try and you can all laugh but I don’t have any amazing abilities :)

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I would love to be an active member within the Melbourne, Victorian and Australian Circus and Physical Theatre worlds and to be continuing my work with Cirque Du Soleil and Disney

WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
A place for all performance disciplines to show the world their skills and crafts, both as individuals and as a troupe, orchestrated together to create and present something which moves both the audiences they touch and themselves as artists, is pure magic.

You can find Emma at the Melbourne Physiotherapy, Pilates and Fitness Group: www.melbournephysiogroup.com.au

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