2024 Paper Playground Tour in Ontario

We are happy to announce the itinerary of our Paper Playground tour in Ontario in May !

Picture by Riz Herbosa

Paper Playground is a stimulating experience set on a large paper carpet, created especially for children five and under that is full of dancing, drawing, projections and live music. Fully immersive, Paper Playground welcomes children as true creative collaborators and they become an essential part of the performance. A playful and interactive dance performance where children are free to join in and explore, because that’s what young ones do best!

Exploring the theme of water with boats, fish, crabs and sharks, the artists offer irresistible invitations to roll like a wave, get filled with air like a cloud and draw the ocean.

Niagara Children’s Festival

Welland
Saturday May 18th / 10am & 12pm / Location: The Bank Art House, 22 King St, Welland, ON L3B 3H9

St. Catharines
Sunday May 19th  / 10:30am & 12pm / Location:  Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts , 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines, ON L2R 0B5

 Buy your tickets here !

WeeFestival / Toronto

Tuesday May 21st and Wednesday May 22nd / 9:30am & 11am / Location:  Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B

Buy your tickets here!

KinderFEST / Hamilton

Thursday May 23rd / 9:30am & 11:15am / Location: HCA Black Box Theatre, 126 James Street South
Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z4

Buy your tickets here!

WeeFestival / Aurora

Saturday May 25th / 11am & 2pm / Location:  Aurora Cultural Centre. Temporarily Located at:  Aurora Town Hall, 3rd Floor (Gallery 2nd floor) 100 John West Way, Aurora, ON, L4G 6J1

Buy your tickets here!

Moving Resting Nesting – May 2nd at Riley Park!

Dear Riley Park friends and families, a performance of Moving Resting Nesting is coming up! It’s FREE! We encourage you to register as soon as you can since spots are limited.

Set in a park under a tree, children and their adults cozy up in a nest to wonder about the world of birds and trees through dance, music, magical objects and illustrations. Blankets hold the secret to this performance – they transform into leaves, clouds and even birds. After each performance, families are invited to move and play.

Best for children 3-8yrs, siblings always welcomed. Families sit together on mats near the action!

REGISTRATION: Fill this form !

DATE: May 2nd 2024

TIME: 11am

LOCATION: Riley Park, Vancouver. Near the Riley Park fieldhouse

You might also notice us rehearsing on April 25! Come and say hi!

Accessibility notes:

  • Seating is on mats around the performance area, with children and caregivers together. Chairs are available if needed.
  • Children are invited to move and make sounds during the performance.
  • You can exit and re-enter as needed
  • Photography and video: please limit to your own family and consider having your hands available – you will need them for the show
  • Water ok, milk for babies is ok, but please keep snacks for after the performance.

MRN on April 27th!

Dear friends and families of Port Coquitlam and Tri-Cities! A FREE performance of Moving Resting Nesting is open to the public com! We encourage you to register as soon as you can since spots are limited.

DATE: April 27th 2024

TIME: 11am
LOCATION : Port Coquitlam Community Centre. (Mabbett Hall – 2nd floor)
Thank you to everyone who registered, our event is full.

Best for children 3-7yrs, older or younger siblings are always welcomed.

Accessibility notes:

  • Seating is on mats around the performance area, with children and caregivers together. Chairs are available if needed.
  • Children are invited to move and make sounds during the performance.
  • You can exit and re-enter as needed
  • Photography and video: please limit to your own family and consider having your hands available – you will need them for the show 🙂
  • Water ok, milk for babies is ok, but please keep snacks for after the performance.

Ensemble Thinking practice series

Foolish Operations is hosting an Ensemble Thinking practice series taught by Julie Lebel  – our Artistic Director, and member of the Lower Left Collective. This practice is open to all (dancers, theatre, visual artists, and musicians – instruments welcomed and can engage in the moving practice). This is an adult-only practice, 18yrs +.

Ensemble Thinking is a system of collaborative group performance practices. These composition exercises refine the individual’s ability to perceive, initiate, and support collective action. More about Ensemble Thinking here.

Picture by Lamont, with dancers Kira Radosevic, Flavie Pinchon, Jea Valdez, Sarah U.

When and Where: 

February 28th, Trout Lake Community Centre (Elm Room – Tatami floor)

March 1st, Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre (Sprung floor)

March 8, The Dance Centre Zagar Studio (Sprung floor)

 Time: 11am-3pm *We can accommodate people needing to leave early but please arrive on time for warm-up and opening.

Cost: Free! Contributions to Foolish Operations are greatly appreciated. For example, you can make a donation or become a member here.

Registration: Please fill out the form here to save a spot.

Access Notes: Bring your lunch and cozy clothes. You may enjoy having socks to dance in, but barefoot is also ok. Location-specific notes: 

-Trout Lake’s Elm Room is a fabulous tatami room, for martial arts, but unfortunately, wheelchairs can not be on that surface.

-Moberly: There are no restaurants or cafés near-by. Make sure to bring your lunch and snacks. A microwave and a kettle are available to use.

-The Dance Centre: The Zagar studio is wheelchair accessible.

Documentation notes: We intend to document this workshop through photos and short videos. Some ideas generated in this workshop will serve as a testing ground for a new project. Thanks for your contributions.

A new series of shows and workshops in April 2024!

Dear friends and families,

We are proud to announce a series of sixteen shows and a dozen workshops coming to you in the Lower Mainland in April 2024, including Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Port Moody, Vancouver and more ! While most activities will be reserved for small groups selected from our valued community partners, some will be open to the public.

Dates to come! Stay tuned.

Picture by Riz Herboza

Thanks to our partners for their support:

Vancouver Parks Board, StrongStart, SHARE Family and Community Service, City of Port Coquitlam, École des Pionniers-de-Maillardville, École des Navigateurs, Moberly Arts and Culture Centre, Walter Moberly School StrongStart Program, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, Sunset Preschool, Conseil scolaire Francophone, Surrey Libraries, Franc Départ Program.



Untangling Yarn Volunteer Opportunity

Hello !

We have a yarn detangling opportunity at our Riley Park Fieldhouse coming up ! We’re looking for 3-4 individuals of 14 years and up. Youth volunteers will require a signed consent form from their caregivers prior to the event.
DATE: Thursday February 15 2024
TIME: 3:30- 5 pm
LOCATION : Riley Park Fieldhouse (95 E 32nd Ave, Vancouver)
Tea and snacks provided !

A Visit at the Move and Make Program !

Foolish Operations’ team visits Move and Make program at the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House !

Move and Make is a program that helps children aged 0-5 years old and their families build relationships through various activities that promote physical, emotional and intellectual well-being. It runs every Thursday from 10am-12pm at Kensington Community Centre, from January 18th to March 7th, 2024.

We are very happy to announce that artists Sarah Gallos, Julie Lebel and Annie Brown will perform Tricoter for the group this season!  It’s FREE!

DATE: Thursday, February 15th 2024

TIME: 10-10:30am

LOCATION: Kensington Community Centre (5175 Dumfries St, Vancouver)

REGISTRATION : ahead of time with the Move and Make Program ! For information, contact the coordinator of the program, Shalynn Kishore, at shalynnk@lmnhs.bc.ca

Invite your friends ! We would love to see you there.

Photo credit ©Rodrigo Iniguez