Moving Resting Nesting Premiere at the Surrey Spark Stages

Moving Resting Nesting is Foolish Operations’ new creation with and for young children and their adults. The project is a commission of Surrey SPARK Stages in close collaboration with Marnie Perrin.

Dates and times: May 28 and 29 at 2:30pm

This interactive performance is part of Surrey SPARK Stages free outdoors activities at Bear Creek Park – near the Surrey Arts Centre at the Surrey SPARK Stages.

FREE! – with limited capacity – request a spot for your family / bubble when you arrive. No tickets or advance registration, simply come to the Festival! There will be lots to enjoy.

The Surrey SPARK Stages offers a fabulous line-up of performances, including Tweet Tweet, from our Toronto friends Holly Treddenick and Lindsay Goodtimes, a circus performance for the very young. 

Find out more information about Moving Resting Nesting here. Or read Moving Resting Nesting’s Participant Guide here.

Photo Credit: Isabelle Kirouac, a photo of Riz Herboza

Summer Student Position (or young graduate): remote

Job Posting: Summer Student: Coordination assistant (remote work – from home)

  •   Program stream: Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages
  •   Job title: Coordination assistant (remote work – from home)
  •   Organization name: Foolish Operations Society
  •   Job Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  •   Duration of employment: 2021-06-07 to 2021-09-10 (16 weeks maximum)
  •   Hourly wage: $ 20.00
  •   30hrs/week

The vision of Foolish Operations is that of people of all generations discovering and creating new dance experiences together.Our mandate is to create contemporary dance experiences with and for audiences of all ages with a specific focus on creation by and with babies, and preschoolers. The candidate will be bilingual (FR/EN) and work closely with the artistic director and communication and program assistants to assist in the coordination of our summer and annual productions, the organization and management of documentation, communications to partners, etc. Also, the assistant will work on managing our contacts and identifying new community partners and designing surveys and statistical reports and testimonials.

The ideal candidate is a college or university student in dance, music, theatre, visual arts or film. The work will be entirely remote (zoom, etc.) and the student will have to provide their own computer and internet access. The candidate will be required to perform a criminal background check. Finally, we are looking for a candidate with strong communication skills and teamwork and very fluid with computer programs.

We would like to work with a student of the Canadian Francophonie from any province. We especially invite applicants from Indigenous communities, members of visible minorities and people living with a disability.

Please visit for more information.
The deadline to apply is May 7, 2021.
Sign-up to Young Canada Works to apply:

Photo credit: Camillia Courts – Vernon and District Performance Arts Centre

Tara Rajah’s mentorship with Foolish Operations

The following paragraphs were written by longtime Foolish Operations collaborator Tara Rajah about her mentorship with Julie Lebel and other members of FO!

My mentorship has been such a fun journey! Julie Lebel and the Foolish Operations team have really helped me develop my project. Environmental Vibrations has been developed as an independent  component within the ongoing Foolish Operations work called Moving, Resting, Nesting. The Environmental Vibrations theme of human migration is integrated into the subjects of birds, movement and home of the Foolish Operations project.

I have performed in the recent Moving Resting and Nesting series which was part of the Surrey Civic Theatre’s Summer Pop festival. This series of performances not only allowed me to gain insight on how to develop my project but also really helped me connect with the Foolish Operations community again and the general public. My collaborator, dancer Kira Radosevic has also been part of this mentorship journey and it’s been a fantastic experience working and learning together with her. Julie has given us advice on how to work out a dance and music score. We have also been mentored by other musicians, composers and dancers on the Foolish Operation team on aspects of dramaturgy, composition, improvisation, performance and audience interaction for the piece.

Through this mentorship, I have been able to learn about the technical aspects of logistics and timetabling. I was able to meet with the Arts & Culture Coordinator at the City of Port Coquitlam where Environmental Vibrations will take place and was guided through discussion about organizing my event. Meeting with the administrators of Port Coquitlam and doing a site visit was important and I learnt about what goes behind the scenes of every community engaged performance. Creating work together and communicating with all these artists and organizers has been a most rewarding experience. I am excited to continue this mentorship with Julie and Foolish Operations and present this work October 2nd at the new Port Coquitlam community centre opening!

Listen to a Radio Canada Interview with Julie Lebel & Tara Rajah from September 27th (in French):

Read an article about the project from the Tri-City News:

More about Environmental Vibrations:

Foolish Operations at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre Opening

Foolish Operations celebrates Port Coquitlam’s Community Centre Opening on October 2nd 2021 with many activities! Here is our schedule, all activities are free, some recommend pre-registration.

Location: 2150 Wilson Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6J5

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Exploring Dance with blankets as families

12:15-1pm in the Dance Studio (next to the gym)

Registration Link

This workshop invited families with children 3-7yrs old to explore movement using a blanket to dance together. This workshop is inspired by the world of birds. Based on principles of creative dance, participants propose their own movement choices. Parents are invited to follow the lead of their children’s movement choices.

Sparrow Song for Cello and Flute

1:30pm and 2pm in the lobby

Tara Rajah (cello) and Sabrina Mo (flute) will perform the Sparrow Song, composed by Matthew Ariaratnam for Foolish Operations’ project Moving Resting Nesting.

Environmental Vibrations

3:20pm, at the entrance of the community centre

Environmental Vibrations is a child-friendly performance project that explores the human connection with nature. It features dancer Kira Radosevic moving to Tara Rajah’s improvisations on the cello followed by a family friendly visual art workshop. This project explores the idea of home. It relates the idea of the global movement of peoples to that of the migration of birds and encourages participants to reflect on the environment they call home through dance and music.

Tara Rajah was mentoring with Foolish Operations’ artists throughout the summer. We are excited to see this project coming to fruition!

Link to Culture Days website, for more information

Watercolour Birds Postcard Making Workshop

4-4:45pm in JB Young Room, mixed ages, starting at 3 years old, children 3-12 yrs with their adults.

Registration Link

Send A Postcard Home! This workshop invites families and groups of friends to create a postcard and send it to any place that they consider home. They can send it to themselves in BC or to a friend or relative in another place that they consider home.

The postcard will be made using a fun watercolour technique involving water inks, pens and crayons to make pictures of birds. Using a large map, the artists will keep a record of all of the places the postcards have ‘flown to’ by marking the location on the map. During the workshop, we hope to share stories of home. The creator of this workshop is a musician, so you may be hearing some cello music during the workshop too!

A “mailbox” will be available for people to put their postcards in if they are okay with us sending them off on their behalf. Participants may also choose to mail the postcard themselves, or take it home with them.

This workshop is designed by Tara Rajah, musician and performer with Foolish Operations since 2016 with the support of Cherry (Wen Wen) Lu, using a bird making watercolour process developed by Cherry with Robin Lough. The workshop is also facilitated by Sarah Dixon, with the support of Kira Radosevic, Julie Lebel and Sarah Gallos.

This presentation is supported through Port Coquitlam’s community Cultural Development Investment Program. We are very grateful for the support!

Photos by Riz Herboza and Julie Lebel

Moberly Story Walk

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In February and March, we hosted our Moving Resting Nesting ‘Story Walk’, a self-guided music and movement outdoor activity! It was wonderful to be able to safely meet and play with families and young children.

In this edition, we focussed on the interactive elements of the project. In the next phases we will overlay the performance elements alongside the interactive Story Walk.

Thanks to the South Vancouver Neighborhood House, the Walter Moberly StrongStart group and our Dancing the Parenting families for joining us in this project and thank you to the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre for hosting us. Thanks to the Langara Recreation Program that allowed us to have student Indigo Grant participate in the realization of this project.

This project was made possible by our wonderful Moving Resting Nesting team: Xin Xuan Song, Indigo Grant, Robin Lough, Sarah Dixon, Cherry Lu, Caroline Liffmann, Isabelle Kirouac, Sarah Gallos, Sophie Brassard, Matthew Ariaratnam, Tara Rajah, Kimira Reddy.

This project was made possible with the financial support of the Canadian Red Cross and also benefited from the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

“The highlight was the little nest / tree area with the bird songs. My kids thought it was super magical. They are still listening for bird songs and repeating them when they hear them now when we go for walks.”

“The highlights were the bird nests, observing birds flying and singing, connecting our body with nature.”

Photo Credit: Riz Herboza

Pro-D: Early Years Dance April 12 & 15 2021

Foolish Operations offers two Early Years Dance Professional Dance Workshops April 12 and 15. One will be in French and one in English, all on zoom. It is open to Early Years Educators, artists and parents wanting to add more dance in their curriculum or life with small children.

Registration links and more details below:

April 12 2021 6:30-7:30 pm PST : Jeux de danse pour petite enfance – Focus: petits espaces et accessoires

April 15 6:30-7:30 pm PST: Dance Games for Small Children, Focus on Dancing Stories

($20 each + Eventbrite fees)

Professional development certificate available upon request.

Call for 3 Toronto based Dancers+Improvisers+Facilitators

Foolish Operations is a Vancouver based Dance company with a focus on creating new dance experience with and for small children and their adults. The company is in its 4th year of operation and led by Julie Lebel, a francophone choreographer, with more than 20 years of professional dance experience. 

Foolish Operations is hiring 3 artists for the remount of an existing work, Tricoter in Toronto. We are looking for: 

  • Experienced Dancers/Improvisers
  • Experience in facilitating community engaged workshops with public and/or experience in facilitating creative dance workshops with very young children (ie. 24mth olds and caregivers).
  • Comfortable performing outdoors in public and adapting to various surfaces (concrete, grass, etc.) with adapted movements including rolling and moving from high to low levels while avoiding high impacts on joints.
  • Tasks include: dancing with yarn, performing to live music + audience engagement/workshops.

Important dates to be available:

  1. week of April 10-18, 2021 (approx 36hrs of training and rehearsals via zoom)
  2. Performance Dates May 2021 TBC

Selected artists will be guaranteed one weekly fee of $950 for the training week. The performance fees are subject to future performance presentation contracts and will be discussed during an online interview.

It is considered an asset if you are bilingual (FR/EN). Foolish Operations is interested in applications from all backgrounds, ethnicities and contexts, including those who identify as BIPOC, artist-parents and/or LGBTQ+. Our family audiences are increasingly diverse and we are looking for performers in which they see themselves reflected in.

Please fill your application here:

If your preferred language is French, please fill this form:

Application deadline: March 14, 2021 midnight PST. 

* Only selected artists will be contacted and invited to an audition (via Zoom), which will take place between March 22 and 26.

Please use our contact form if you have some questions.

View Tricoter’s teaser video here:

Photo by Vanessa Fortin, Featuring dancer Liane Thériault.