Team

Meet the current Foolish Operations team !

Julie Lebel – Artistic Director

Photo by Riz Herboza

Born and raised in north-eastern Québec, on the ancestral lands of the Innu Nation, from a family of settlers of French and Irish ancestry, Julie Lebel now gratefully lives and dances on the ancestral and unceeded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkʷəjˀəm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil Waututh) First Nations. She is a francophone choreographer invested in community engaged dance and in interactions between public space and community – involving musicians, visual artists, film makers and writers with a body of work spanning 20 years. She is the artistic Director of Foolish Operations, connecting people of all generations through new dance experiences, especially with and for very young children. She is a member of Lower Left Collective (USA, Germany, Norway and Canada) teaching and performing Ensemble Thinking. Julie is a proud mother of very active twin girls who act as first consultants in all her creative endeavours.

julie@foolishoperations.org

Sarah Gallos – Artistic Associate

Photo by Adam Blasberg

Sarah Gallos is a bilingual performance artist and facilitator, originally from Eastern Canada (born in Montreal to 1st generation Nova Scotians). She has worked with Foolish Operations for over 10 years as a dancer. 

When she became a mother 7 years ago, she began participating in Dancing the Parenting practice. The crossover of ensemble improvisation and attachment based parenting skills feed the magic of Foolish Operations’ creations. 

Most recently, she’s taken on administrative and facilitation support of Dancing the Parenting while continuing to create performance works with the Foolish Operations team.

community@foolishoperations.org

Caroline Liffmann – Artistic Associate

Photo by Sarah Cavanaugh

Caroline Liffmann is a performance maker with a home base in contemporary dance.  She has worked as a choreographer, creator, performer, improvisor, arts educator and community arts facilitator since 2003, and has been a Foolish Operations fan and co-conspirator for 10 years.  Currently Caroline works with the company as a dancer, outside eye, and consultant on trauma-informed practice.

Anna Lamontagne – Communications support

Photo by Julian Hunt

Anna Lamontagne is a queer contemporary dance artist from the unceeded territory of the kanien’kehá ka nation, in tiohtià:ke / mooniyaang (Montreal). They’re growing an impressive mullet and recently dyed their bangs green. Their interest in poetry initiated an artistic practice at the crossing of literature, installation art and performing art. They trained in Big Bang Professional Dance Intensive Program where they developed two solo works, one of which was presented at Art Souterrain Chronométrie Festival in 2021. Anna now pursues their artistic development among Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm nations in Vancouver.

Lily Alice Malena-Morin – Coordination Assistant

Having been raised primarily in Quebec, Lily Alice also spent time living and studying in Nepal, Cambodia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, including an interning with a Roma human rights organization in Macedonia. These experiences have nurtured her fascination with people and culture, how we live together and build community. As a Loran scholar, she studied Sociology and Math at UBC. During her summer breaks, Lily Alice joined the Foolish Operations team as a Coordination Assistant. One of her major project was to build Foolish Operations’ database and to support our productions and volunteer management. She continues to support FO’s team in a flex-time manner during the falls and winters. Having been exposed to the artistic community through her father’s work, she believes deeply in the importance of art in our lives and is excited to support the creative and inclusive community Foolish Operations has fostered. In her free time, Lily Alice enjoys choral singing, photography, walking and cooking.

Key peoples in crucial times:

During production periods, Foolish Operations works closely with Xin Xuan Song for the production of Moving Resting Nesting and with Marie-Pier Gilbert, when Tricoter is presented in Québec or Ontario. During the pandemic, Isabelle Rousseau often facilitated Foolish Operations’s online core program of Dancing the Parenting.