Meet the Foolish Operations team for our current projects!
Julie Lebel – Artistic Director
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.
Sarah Gallos – Artistic Associate
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.
Sophie Brassard – Artistic Associate
Sophie Brassard is a Vancouver-based francophone dance artist and arts administrator. Since 2017, she has been working with Foolish Operations as a dancer (Paper Playground & Moving Resting Nesting) and since August 2020 she has supported the organisation with communications and marketing. In May 2021, Sophie started assisting with market development thanks to funding from the BC Arts Council’s PIVOT grant program.
Caroline Liffmann – Artistic Associate
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.
Xin Xuan Song – Artistic Producer
Born and raised in China, Xin Xuan Song moved to Vancouver for college and subsequently graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Production and Design. In addition to being a freelance Stage Manager, Xin Xuan works as the Artistic Coordinator and Film Series Programmer with Kay Meek Arts Centre. New to Foolish Operations, Moving, Resting, Nesting is Xin Xuan’s first project with the company, and she looks forward to many more.
Marie-Pier Gilbert – Artistic Associate
Marie-Pier Gilbert completed her studies in contemporary dance at the School of Dance in Ottawa and since then has worked as a performer, choreographer, curator and teacher.
Over the years, she has developed an interest in dance in an outdoor context, where she can invest in different places of exchange with audience members. She primarily collaborates with Julie Lebel (Foolish Operations), Meagan O’Shea (Stand Up Dance) and Geneviève Lauzon Danse. HELMUT, her first creation in an outdoor setting, is part of the Jouer Dehors program (La Danse sur les routes du Québec) and has been presented several times in Montreal as well as at the Maison du Québec in Saint-Malo (France). In 2020, she created Connexions Momentanées, a travelling music and dance performance, which allows her to meet citizens.
Marie-Pier now resides in Montreal, while continuing to participate in the development of the artistic community of Ottawa. In 2015, with her colleague Jocelyn Todd, Marie-Pier created Dark Horse Dance Projects, a creation and performance platform which is entering its sixth year of programming.
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. These experiences have nurtured her fascination with people and culture, how we live together and build community. After spending previous summers working in a French bakery in Quebec and interning with a Roma human rights organization in Macedonia, Lily Alice is thrilled to join the Foolish Operations team as a Coordination assistant. 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. As a Loran scholar, she now studies Sociology and Math at UBC. In her free time, Lily Alice enjoys choral singing, photography, walking and cooking.
Isabelle Rousseau – Artistic Associate, Dancing the Parenting
Isabelle teaches dance and movement to different ages and all abilities; whether young people, adults or families. She focuses on the pleasure of moving and basic patterns of movement, guided by several traditions and styles. The classes are festive and inclusive, and draw on her experience as a somatic educator and a performer. www.moveandbemoved.ca
Isabelle has collaborated with Foolish Operations for many years and is now one of our facilitators for Dancing the Parenting.