Hiring a Coordinator Assistant – Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages

Foolish Operations’ vision is for people of all generations to discover and create 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, toddlers and preschoolers.

The candidate will work closely with the Artistic Director, Communications and Program Assistants, our General Manager, and our Stage Manager to assist in the coordination of our spring and summer productions, the organization and management of documentation, production schedules, the integration of volunteers, communications to partners, and so on. The assistant will also work on managing our contacts, identifying new community partners, and designing statistical and testimonial surveys and reports.

The ideal candidate is a college or university student in dance, theater, visual arts, film, or social sciences. Work will take place in person at our studio in Vancouver’s Riley Park. Candidates must provide their computer. The candidate will be required to complete a criminal background check. Finally, we are looking for a candidate with strong communication and teamwork skills fluent in computer programs.

We would like to work with a Francophone Canadian student from any province. We especially welcome applicants from Aboriginal communities, visible minorities, and people living with disabilities.

Hourly wage: $20/h
35hrs / week / 7h per day Monday to Friday

April 2, 2024 – June 17, 2024 (11 weeks)
Applicants must be Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or have the necessary visas for this position.

Please Apply via the Young Canada Works Program
For program admissibility information, please visit this link

Application deadline is March 17th 2024!

Yarn Around Saturday Program at Clayton Community Centre this Fall

Join visual artist  Karen Cancino in yarn explorations throughout the fall at Clayton Community centre. All levels of experience welcomed! You can bring your own project or start one with the materials provided and contribute to a yarn bombing installation to decorate Clayton’s livingroom in the winter of 2024. Julie Lebel and Sarah Gallos will also be there to listen and share all the stories around yarn.

When and Where?

Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, cookies and tea served, in the lobby of the Clayton Community Centre in Surrey from October 14 to November 25, 2023.

Location: Clayton Community Centre, 7155 187A St, Surrey, BC.

Register here! (Free)

Our lineages and languages

By Julie Lebel

This year, I had the privilege of having the means to dedicate more time to my own decolonizing journey so that I can better support Foolish Operations’ learning and growing.

This project allowed me to carve out precious time to read books, articles, and resources; to attend workshops and panels by leaders and knowledge keepers in our community; to engage in discussions and be guided by board members, mentors, peers, parents and, as always, by children. 

This project was supported by the BC Arts Council through the Arts Impact program and was imagined in close collaboration with my artistic associates Caroline Liffmann, and Sarah Gallos.

The project also lined up perfectly with another project supported by the City of Vancouver, through the Cultural Spaces Small Grant project, to explore what places and spaces are best to gather with families for performances, workshops, reflective practice and our more practical needs for office work and storage of props and costumes. I will share a reflection about this part of the process in a follow-up blog post.

The main consultants for this Arts Impact project were Dorla Tune, of Vantage Point and Aurelia Kinslow of Sun Curriculum. 

Our process with Dorla Tune

Dorla Tune supported the beginning of our project in September leading our core team and board through strategic and organizational planning.  Dorla suggested we create a short one page version of our plan to share with partners.

The Early Learning Framework

Dorla Tune also directed us towards BC’s Early Learning Framework. The online learning platform describes the Early Learning Framework as a guide that “supports readers in thinking about and fostering early learning.” In their words, the framework: “establishes a vision for respectfully living and learning together; supports the rich early learning experiences of children; provides a focal point for dialogue among British Columbians; [and], creates a common language and greater understanding of the importance of early learning.” 

Source: https://mytrainingbc.ca/ELF/

The First Peoples Principles of Learning are a core element of the Early Learning Framework. These principles were developed in partnership with the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the BC Ministry of Education. They are an important element of the BC education curriculum. As described in the early Learning Framework: “[The First Peoples Principles of Learning] articulate an expression of the shared wisdom of Elders from Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia and were embedded into the BC curriculum and the Early Learning Framework. This was done in an effort to transform BC’s education and early learning system to reflect Indigenous perspectives, knowledges, values, and understandings.”

Source: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/early-learning/teach/earlylearning/early_learning_framework.pdf

During the last months of the fall and the beginning of the winter, Sarah, Caroline and I took the Early Learning Framework online learning course and explored the document through discussions and practice within Dancing the Parenting. We agreed to start our process with a few propositions and questions: 

  • “Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.” (p. 14) 
  • “Families are the first teachers, the primary caregivers, and the knowledge-holders of their children. Families have the most important role in promoting their children’s well-being and learning.”(P. 16)
  • “How do I ensure parents/families, Elders, people of all cultures, languages, and spiritual knowledge keepers feel welcome in my program?” (p. 71) 
Source : https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/earlylearning/teach/earlylearning/early_learning_framework.pdf 

Exploring our identity, especially our lineages and languages is a natural entry point for our decolonizing work within Foolish Operations and Dancing the Parenting. As a bilingual (French-English) company focussed on intergenerational connection we have a lot to unpack and explore! 

Our process with Aurelia Kinslow

Although we had many preparation conversations since the conception of the project, we officially started our process with Aurelia Kinslow in February, through her Sun Curriculum consulting practice. 

Biography:

Aurelia Kaililani Kinslow’s life’s work is rooted in her unwavering commitment to social justice, cultural revitalization and transforming education in Indigenous communities. She founded Sun Curriculum, a culmination of her research, artistic and professional endeavours, leading to a unique consulting practice that supports education professionals on their paths to fostering education experiences that are decolonized and rooted in social justice. Aurelia’s maternal lineage is Indigenous (Cherokee/Chickasaw), African-American (Fulani/Igbo) and Scottish. Her late hānai father was Kanaka Maoli. He named her Kaililani the hereditary name of his maternal lineage originating from Kohala, Hawaii Island. She now resides within the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people with her family.

Kinslow’s artistic background includes a rich career in dance filled with performing, choreographing, and earning competition titles. She eventually directed her own Tahitian dance / ‘Ori Tahiti dance company, on Hawaii Island, called Varuahine Dance Ensemble. She taught dance at community, public education and higher education levels in Hawaii, California and Vancouver. Creativity, ingenuity, depth and an international, intercultural knowledge base complements her analysis of complex issues affecting Indigenous communities, afro-descended and migrant communities in the Pacific and North America. Stemming from her creative practice and commitment to ‘Ori Tahiti, her graduate research in Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia and in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaii, focused on the intersections of Indigenous pedagogy and decolonization through dance, culture and language revitalization.

Through her Sun Curriculum consulting practice, Aurelia Kaililani Kinslow facilitated a series of workshops and one-on-one discussions with Sarah, Caroline and I. One of the objectives of the workshops was to review current practices and align with the Early Years Framework. We assessed the relevance and limitations of the resource, and delved further into key concepts that are central to understanding Indigenization, including but not limited to:

  • Land-based knowledge: reflecting on ways to learn on the land; ways of being in and/or with places; ways of providing stewardship;
  • Relationships: reflecting on and reframing relationships beyond imposed notions of nuclear family units; to embrace connections with land, community, people who have been otherized and excluded;
  • Decolonization: questioning colonisation’s personal impacts, as well as impacts on the world around us; learning about ways to trouble and challenge these interruptions in our personal, familial, communal relationships and understandings of the world;
  • Personal and communal accountability: refocusing our commitment to include more openness, patience, pacing, the needs of those we build relationships with through our work.

In our sessions facilitated by Aurelia Kaililani Kinslow, Caroline, Sarah and I gathered in a conversation about the topics above, using the theme of lineages and languages, including our artistic ones, as an entry point. As long-time collaborators celebrating nearly 15 years together, I particularly valued getting to know more about how each of our journeys orient our life and our work in the present. In the throes of current life conditions, it’s easy to forget even my own history. It was invaluable to pause and share about our lineages to bring our past into the present so that we can orient better, make more grounded choices that will affect the futures of our families, and our artistic practices.  

Later in the spring, Caroline Liffmann also facilitated a conversation about our lineages and languages with adult participants of Dancing the Parenting. It drew us all together closer and I feel we will be able to deepen our artistic practice together.

In our practice of Dancing the Parenting, Sarah and I also had a memorable moment with a Cantonese speaking grandmother and her grand-child. We had practiced making deliberate efforts to invite participants to share words in their languages during specific dance games or scores, throughout the class. Interestingly, that morning, she stayed longer after class, and we had a lovely discussion about traditional Chinese medicine and meridians. We all sat in close proximity while she shared massage techniques on herself and her grandchild. We hope that by opening the doors to all languages in the room, we can invite more knowledge sharing of practices, movements, stories and songs of the children’s first teachers.

Throughout the year, we were fortunate to attend many workshops, festivals and discussions that also explored languages and lineages. These events were carefully tended by precious artistic and cultural leaders. I was grateful for the many presentations, discussions and workshops happening concurrently in the community including:

This project allowed for our core team to attend these events together as artistic associates of Foolish Operations, reflect about our learning and to invite families of Dancing the Parenting alongside, whenever possible.

Next step

Our next step is to formalize our Family of mentors in the development of a learning and creating cycle. We hope to find ways to reciprocate the many ways my mentors have impacted Foolish Operations’ work. These “Agreements of Reciprocity”, as coined by Dorla Tune, is a way to find ways to extend our mentors’ impact to more artists and families, so we can continue to create welcoming dance experiences where children, adults, families, artists, and educators belong, and where we can strengthen the bonds between artists and audiences, children and caregivers, families and circles of support, people and our environment. 

Feature image: an illustration of Wen Wen (Cherry) Lu.

Dancing the Parenting Registrations (Fall sessions currently FULL)

Foolish Operations is happy to offer its bilingual program (French-English) Dancing the Parenting for the thirteenth year in a row! 

Description: This bilingual program welcomes families into dance improvisation practice and relationship-based creative dance with their children, in English and French. Parents/caregivers engage in their own dancing as much as their children. No experience necessary but the ability for adults to move easily from ground to standing is recommended. This unique program has been run by Foolish Operations artists since 2011. This program is subsidized by the City of Vancouver Cultural Services, and The Department of Canadian Heritage with the partnership of the Vancouver Park Board, Creekside and Trout Lake Community Centres. 

Register one child per family at one of these locations:

– Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way, Vancouver)

Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 am starting Sept. 11 – Dec. 4, no session on Oct 2 and Oct 9

Register to Creekside the waitlist here!

Registration date was August 8th, 2023. The Creekside program is free. It’s currently FULL.

– Trout Lake Community Centre (3360 Victoria Dr, Vancouver)

Wednesdays from 10:00 to 10:45am starting Oct. 18, 2023 to Nov. 29 from October 18, 2023 to November 29.

Registration date was August 17th, 2023. The Trout Lake Program is $10/family. It’s currently FULL.

Register to the Trout Lake waitlist here!

Share Dance – In practice – Resource List

The Child As A Teacher

Co-facilitated by Julie Lebel and Starr Muranko. A workshop organizes by New Works.

This is an invitation to dive into big questions, and ground ourselves in our actions of teaching and sharing dance. Dance teachers, and all dancing humans, are welcome to join in. This series will be co-curated by In Practice Facilitators Lisa Mariko Gelley and Carolina Bergonzoni.

Dance in the early years of life is a powerful developmental experience. In this workshop we will share stories, ideas, practices and applications/games to support and expand possibilities in child-led curriculum. Join us in conversation and movement that supports us in creating safe and nurturing dance environments that allow each child to bring their whole selves, with their own desires, knowledge, and joy.

Sunday, April 23, 3:15pm – 6:15pm | In Person – Q7 Studios, 77 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver BC

Learn more about access in the space hereFeature photo by Carla Alcántara.

Foolish Operations’s resource list can be downloaded here

2023 Quebec Tour Announcement

To all of our family and friends in Quebec, the Foolish Operations team is proud to announce that we will be visiting the province for several performances of Tricoter and Paper Playground this May! 

We will be in Longueuil, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Trois-Rivières! Here is a detailed chronological schedule of our tour, including details of each performance and a link to purchase tickets.

 

Paper Playground 

DATE: Wednesday May 3rd, 2023

TIME: 9:30 am and 11:30 am (0- 3 years)

PLACE: Club optimiste Laflèche, Longueuil (3825 Windsor Street, Saint-Hubert)

TICKETS: 7$/person, available via the Festival des petits bonheurs website

Paper Playground

DATE: May 5-7, 2023

TIME: everyday at 9:30 am (8 to 24 months) and 11am (18 months to 3 years)

PLACE: Maison de la culture Mercier, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (8105 Rue Hochelaga, Montreal)

TICKETS: 12$ / person, available via the Festival des petits bonheurs website

Tricoter

DATE: Friday May 12, 2023

TIME: 11am and 4pm (0-2 years old)

PLACE: Louis-Philippe-Poisson Hall (1425, Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville C.P. 368 Trois-Rivières)

TICKETS: $10/person, available through the Culture Trois-Rivières website

Paper Playground

DATE: Saturday May 13, 2023

TIME: 9:30 am (3 to 5 years old) and 11:30 am (0-3 years old)

PLACE: Louis-Philippe-Poisson Hall (1425, Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville C.P. 368 Trois-Rivières)

TICKETS: $10/person, available via the Culture Trois-Rivières website

Paper Playground

DATE: Sunday May 14, 2023

TIME: 11h00 and 13h00

PLACE: TOHU – Cité des arts du cirque (2345 Rue Jarry E, Montreal)

TICKETS: sold out!

 

Also, during our trip, the Foolish Operations artists will visit the CPE Populaire St-Michel and the CPE le Sablier with movement workshops on May 8th and 9th.

Thank you for your support ! Enjoy the show.

Moving Resting Nesting – March 11th in Port Coquitlam

We’re visiting Port Coquitlam with our project Moving Resting Nesting !

Moving Resting Nesting will be presented at Michael Wright Art Gallery in Port Coquitlam on March 11 2023! We invite children between 3-7 years old and their adults to come see this! 

Children and their adults cosy 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.

Moving Resting Nesting is Foolish Operations’ new immersive performance for young children and their adults. It is a commission of Surrey SPARK Stages in close collaboration with Marnie Perrin that premiered in May 2022 in Surrey.

The performance will be followed by a family  “stay and play”. Younger or older siblings welcomed.

Date : Saturday March 11th 2023

Time: 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Location : Michael Wright Gallery (#200-2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam)

Tickets: Free! Duration: 45 min

Registration (free, space limited)

1pm Registration Link

3pm Registration Link

Foolish Operations and this event is supported by Port Coquitlam Community Foundation, CCD Investment Program.

This project is possible thanks to the support of : Canada’s Council for the Arts, The Department of Canadian Heritage, Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, City of Port Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam Community Foundation

And download our Participant Guide here !