Walk with Carmen Rosen and birds

I had the wonderful opportunity to go for a walk with Carmen Rosen, founder and artistic director of Still Moon Arts Society.

I hope you will enjoy our discussion, recorded early February 2021. Please excuse my muffled voice, we had to keep our masks on! We met a few birds along the way too and we were able to capture some birdsongs.

This sounds walk was edited by our project’s composer Matthew Ariaratnam with him playing moments of beautiful guitar inserted here and there. The document is about 30 minutes.

This walk support our Moving Resting Nesting creative research. We originally wanted to simply invite Carmen for a workshop, but due to Covid-19, we opted for this recorded walk format, so that all artists in the team could access the conversation. We decided to share it more widely, and we hope that you will enjoy it.

Isabelle Kirouac, collaborator of Moving Resting Nesting, invited me to connect with Carmen early in our process. Isabelle has worked closely with Still Moon Arts on many initiatives, including the project “Birds on Parade”. in 2018. It was a massive and inspiring community engaged project coalescing towards the International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver, BC, on August 20, 2018.

Carmen Rosen is a visual artist, singer, and interdisciplinary performer. She has a long history of initiating art projects and creative community integrated projects.

Still Moon Arts Society’s mission is to inspire vibrant and connected communities by creating art and nurturing a passion for nature. Through Still Moon and in collaboration with many community partners, she creates the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, and other projects and special events shedding light on Renfrew Ravine, Still Creek, salmon in the city, and the community’s creative capacity.

2020 Moberly Residence

This last fall, I spent a lot of time imagining how we could find safe ways to meet as artists to develop our new work Moving-Resting-Nesting. Setting a schedule amidst constant and tighter health restrictions was challenging but I did not want to cancel – there have been so many cancellations for artists. I wanted to find ways for us to proceed in a safe way. And we did!

We had access to Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre for 2 weeks (Nov 23 to Dec 5). We worked mostly online – through Zoom, and populated a Trello board with loads of ideas.

During week 2, we were able to host in-person rehearsals outside, as the weather got significantly better. AHH! working in person is the best. Now, we miss working with the children but it will come…

We loved learning about bird anatomy with Isabelle Kirouac and how it translates to human anatomy. We loved our discussions with Cathy Stubington of Runway Moon Theatre.

We had a guest showing on zoom on December 5 and tried activities with families and presented a few videos we made during the residency. As you see in this video, we did a lot of blanket dancing. Blankets are a fascinating props to dance with – we love them for the tactile stimulation, weight, colours, resistance… And! they make a perfect nest.

Most importantly, we came together across disciplines – dance, music, theatre, visual arts – to create a dynamic team for the creation of this new performance.

We are very grateful for the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts that allowed this work time together as well as for Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre and the Vancouver Park Board for hosting us.

Photos Credits: Sophie Brassard

Job posting – Artistic Producer – Contract

Description and responsibilities
We are hiring a Producer for a part-time 10 week contract. The Producer will lead the design and delivery of our story-walk project, under the creative inquiry of Moving-resting and Nesting, a new work for and with very young children and their grownups, exploring the world of birds through dance, music and story. They will work in close collaboration with the Artistic Director, receive support of the Foolish Operations student intern and the communication and program assistants.
The Producer will coordinate the creation of all creative elements with the artistic team, including the deliverables timeline, outreach, training, schedule management, budget oversight, documentation, on-site support, volunteer management and reporting (statistics and testimonies). The collaborative artistic team includes visual artists, dancers, musicians and theatre artists (11). The successful candidate is a great project manager with at least three years of producing experience in dance theatre, circus or film.

The story-walk will be installed in the park surrounding Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre in South Vancouver for families to explore at their own time for 9 days between February 25 to March 17 (Mon, Wed, Thurs) from 10am to 2pm. If health authorities allow, we will present short live performances or facilitate interactive activities in the park while families are visiting the story-walk.

Covid-19 precautions
The candidate will work from home, using their personal computer and telephone. The schedule will be flexible. Foolish Operations has covid-19 protocols for artists and participants that are reviewed each time health authorities issue new orders.

We are looking for…
Our ideal candidate is organized, efficient and fun to work with. They have a producing track record and experience in working in community engaged contexts. Great communication and people management skills are a must with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple aspects of a project on time and on budget. Experience with all the google platforms (documents, sheets, forms, calendar), Asana, Canva.com, etc required.

Applications from BIPOC applicants are encouraged, Foolish Operations is committed to attracting and retaining diverse teams who reflect the communities in which we live and work. Bilingual (French-English) candidates are always welcomed in our organization but it is not essential for this project.

Dates and Compensation:
This contract is for a 10 week period starting January 11 and ending March 19th 2021.

Due to Covid-19, and possible further restrictions imposed by health authorities, the project and contract might be paused and re-scheduled at a later date this spring or summer. However, we are taking all precautions to design this program to hold all health considerations in top priority for participants and the artistic team, while going forward with our schedule. If the project must be rescheduled, it will be in consideration of the candidate’s availability with a right of first refusal.

We are offering $30/h to a maximum budget of $2000 +gst.

To apply:
Please email Julie Lebel at foolishoperations@gmail.com with your resume and a letter explaining why you would be a great fit for this position and our organization.

Deadline: December 30th 2020.

We thank all candidates for applying, but we only have capacity to contact those selected for an interview.

Drawing Requests – Week2

Hello Everyone!

We hope all of you are faring well during this time of new public health restrictions. While staying close to home and getting cozy with your favourite blanket, we have some new activities to engage with if you are curious.

Pictures of your Doodle Birds have been rolling in and they are so inspiring! The one above is a collaboration between Sarah and Odessa.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted work. If you didn’t have a chance to draw, it’s not too late! You are welcome to do the Week 1 Doodle Bird activity or participate in our new Week 2 activity. Please note that for Week 2 you will need access to a printer. What’s extra exciting for this week is that we will be collaborating digitally with other Dancing the Parenting participants! 

Please join us for this quick and fun art activity!

Week 2 Project: Collaborative Doodle Bird 

What you’ll need:

    • Blank paper
    • Drawing tools: crayons, pencils, markers
    • Scanner/ Digital camera (phone or other)
    • Printer

If you don’t have a printer at home, please participate with more Family Doodle birds from the Week 1 project.


  1. Draw a line doodle 
    1. Scan or take a picture of your line doodle
    2. Draw and take pictures of as many individual doodles as you want!
    3. Email your doodles to foolishoperations@gmail.com
  • Receive another family’s line doodle via email 🙂
  1. Print the line doodle
  2. Turn this line doodle into a bird. Add some wings, a beak, legs… Have fun, there’s no wrong way to do it!
  3. Take a picture of your Collaborative Doodle Bird
  4. Share your multi-family creation by emailing it to foolishoperations@gmail.com


We will send you a link to the online gallery to see what became of your initial doodles. See all the creations that have been submitted. Please make sure to send in your 2nd week projects by Sunday November 29th.

Julie and Sarah and the whole team of artists involved in Dancing the Parenting and Moving-Resting-Nesting project.

Drawing Requests – week 1

Hello 2020-2021 Dancing the Parenting Families and Alumni Families!

We are thinking of all of you during this time, when the days are quickly getting colder and darker. It is also a time when our leaders are asking us all to do our part to keep our communities healthy. We thought, ‘What better time than now to share a fun and easy activity that you can work on as a family in the comfort of your home?’ The exciting part is that these creations will be used to inspire a team of Foolish Operations artists in the very near future!

Foolish Operations is starting rehearsals for a brand new show, Moving Resting Nesting. It explores a world of imaginary birds through dance, music and story. Rehearsals have had to change and move online. We plan to use your art projects as a starting point for the artists to use during our rehearsals. We need your help to inspire and motivate!

Over the next few weeks you will receive weekly updates with new variations on the family art project, with very interesting suggestions coming from Cherry Lu (Wen Wen Lu) and Robin Lough. Participate in all of them, or join for the ones that work best for you. Most work will be shared online but we have the idea to also send some projects for collaboration through the good ol’ fashioned mail. Who doesn’t get excited to receive some fun mail? (And please email us your mailing address).

If you are willing to give us a hand, we are looking forward to seeing your creations!

Week 1 Project: Family Doodle Birds

What you’ll need:

  • Blank paper (plain or any color you like)
  • Drawing tools: crayons, pen, pencils, markers
  • Digital camera to share your masterpiece 


  1. Have one person draw a line doodle. If your collaborator is a baby, you could draw outlines of their hands, or part of their body, as they move on a piece of paper.
  2. Have another person turn this line doodle into a bird, many birds, or bird family, etc. Use all the colours you want and your imagination! No need to be perfect, this is a fun exercise and a starting point.
  3. Take a picture of the Doodle Bird
  4. Repeat as many times as you want, how many birds can you create?
  5. Share your creations with us, by emailing them to foolishoperations@gmail.com


We will be creating a private online gallery using a google drive folder where you can visit and see all the creations that have been submitted. Please send in your 1st projects by Sunday November 15th or by November 22.

Above are some finished Doodle Birds created during a brainstorming session for Moving Resting Nesting in October when we could still meet while socially distanced. Artistic credits  to Tara Rajah and Isabelle Kirouac for their inspiring birds.

Contact us at foolishoperations@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and participate!

Dancing the Parenting – 2020-2021 – Zoom sessions

Dancing the Parenting will be online this year, on Mondays at 9:30am on the Zoom platform, starting September 14, weekly from 9:30 to 10:15am and will be between 30 and 45 minutes long, going until the end of June 2021. The registration is FREE, and ongoing, until we reach capacity. This free program is possible thanks to the support of City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The sessions will be bilingual (French and English).

Please register here to the program.

Dancing the Parenting is a program designed by Julie Lebel and participants tall and small since it started, in 2011. This program welcomes families with children 0-5 yrs, who want to experience relationship-based dancing with their children.

You are welcomed to try a few sessions, we understand that families with young children, especially in a pandemic situation, will miss some practice sessions, but ultimately, we are looking for a stable group (not drop-in).

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, attachment theory, developmental movement science and community engaged artistic practice inspired a creative process that introduces a playful and creative exploration of dance through the engagement of parents into their own dancing just as much as the children.

We understand that families will also have to include their older children aged 5 and over if they are home learners. We will do our best to engage them but will keep our focus on the younger ones.

Further, please take a moment to watch the short documentary posted below, before we start the program. Thank you!



  • Registrations: https://forms.gle/U2Cnxpv4iTFREGK7A
  • Program dates and times: Mondays, 9:30am-10am, or 10:15am, from September 14 to June 29 2021
  • The zoom link  will be sent by email after registration.

Photo Credit: North Vancouver Recreation and Culture.

Knowledge Sharing Program – summer 2020 reading list

In January 2020, we quietly started a Knowledge Sharing Program for a small cohort of 5 artists: Peggy Leung, Isabelle Rousseau, Sarah Gallos, Isabelle Kirouac and Miriam Colvin. We are closely partnering with the Luna Dance Institute to shape this program.

The program is an opportunity to work closely together to learn to facilitate the co-creative processes that engage adults and their children in activities that align with the Dancing the Parenting framework.

This summer, we are slowing down and reading. We’d like to share our reading lists with you.

  • Trauma Informed Practice:

Van der Kolk, Bessel A. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York: Viking, 2014.

  • Basics on Emerging Curriculum and Constructivist Pedagogy:



  • Equity Resources: Understanding & Addressing Systemic Oppression

We love the Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression reading list shared by the City of Vancouver. Here it is, for everyone to explore. We made a few additions in the field of intergenerational arts practice and education.

Dancing the Parenting – Zoom Program – for Port Coquitlam Families

Dancing the Parenting is a program designed by Julie Lebel which welcomes families with children 0-5 yrs, who want to experience relationship-based dancing with their children. Join Sarah Gallos and her children, Julie Lebel and Isabelle Rousseau in this fun class for families. The registration is free, thanks to the support of the City of Port Coquitlam, but limited to 15 families.

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education inspired a creative process that introduces playful and creative exploration of developmental movement patterns through the engagement of parents into their own dancing just as much as the children.

This special edition is for Port Coquitlam families, thanks to the support of the City of Port Coquitlam, through their Community Cultural Development Investment Program.

The program will include an introduction meeting with parents only, Wednesday May 27 at 8:30pm, hopefully after children’s bedtime, so that we can start building community, review safety precautions, ask questions and move together a bit. Further, please take a moment to watch the short documentary posted below, before we start the program. Thank you!


Registrations: please email: arts@portcoquitlam.ca

Program dates and times: Fridays, 9:30am-10am, from May 29 to June 19 2020

Parent info session: Wednesday May 27, 8:30pm-9:15pm

The zoom link will be sent closer to the program start date.

Port Coquitlam – Dance in the Early Years for educators, artists and parents

This workshop is for educators, parents, or artists looking to explore benefits, strategies and practical dance curriculum activities when working with the very young at preschool, in daycare setting or at home. It starts with a conversation to assess the needs of the group and create a community of peers. We will explore creative dance games and activities that respond to children’s physical developmental stages. The workshop closes with self-care relaxing movement exercises. A letter will be provided for participants needing to fulfill professional development requirements.

Hosted at Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre, 2150 Wilson Avenue Port Coquitlam, BC.

Saturday April 4 2020, 3-5 pm


A beautiful photo of Yvonne Chew.