Paper Playground Props Making Volunteer Meet-Up – March 1 and/or 2, 2020

We are looking for up to 20 volunteers to help us make props for our upcoming Paper Playground productions in Québec and Ontario! It requires cutting many paper “water droplets” in thin blue paper and making large paper carpets.

Have a look at our teaser for an idea of our props:

We need people who can work well as a team, independent and carful with materials, can move easily up and down from the floor and have good dexterity with scissors.

You can register to only one date or both.

  • On Sunday March 1, we will provide some a light vegetarian meal.
  • On Monday March 2nd, we will provide lights snacks.

Bring your water bottle and your smile! We will make it fun. Open to volunteers 14yrs old and up. It is ok if you can only come for some of the time, just let us know. We will provide a letter of volunteer time acknowledgement for all who need them.

Dates and times:

  • Sun, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Mon, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Moberly Arts and Culture Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver, BC V5X 3Z4, View Map


Ensemble Thinking Workshop, January 2020

This workshop is open to dancers with experience in contemporary dance, theatre, improvisation, and/or contact improvisation. Yoga, clowning and release technique are great too. After a short warm-up, we will explore Ensemble Thinking practice.

“Ensemble Thinking (ET) is a system of collaborative group performance practices. These compositional exercises refine the individual’s ability to perceive, initiate, and support collective action.”

Open to standing or sitting (wheelchair) dancers. Dancing barefoot, in comfortable clothes that cover the knees and shoulders is recommended.

Taught by Julie Lebel, artistic director of Foolish Operations in Vancouver and member of the Lower Left Collective – USA, Germany, Norway and Canada. She brings more than 20 years of experience in dance education.

This workshop if for adults only and will be though in English.

  • Dates: Jan 28, 29, 30
  • Times: 12:30-3:30pm
  • Location: EDAM Studio, 303 E 8th Ave, Vancouver
  • Cost: $70/3 days or $25/day. There is a possibility that the workshop will be free pending funding.
  • Registration: by email, see contact us link.

Photo Credit: Julie Lebel – featuring Suzanne Liska, Tess Takahashi, Nina Martin, Tanya Williams, Lo Bill.

Dance in the Early Years Workshop

This workshop is for dance artists and early childhood educators or artists of various disciplines working with the very young to learn about early childhood development, attachment and play theories in relationship to dance curriculum and creative movement activities.

With the support of artistic director Julie Lebel, this workshop is led by guest artist and specialist Jochelle Pereña, Teaching Artist & Professional Learning Manager at Luna Dance Institute –

The workshop is from 9:15am to 5pm and includes a 45 minute lunch break. Please bring: notebook, clothing that is comfortable to dance in, a water bottle and a packed lunch. The workshop is $40 + Eventbrite Registration Fees.

Register here:

Workshop location: Left of Main Studio, 211 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2T9

Photo credit: Yvonne Chew

2019 AGM

Our AGM is just around the corner, on Saturday, 23 November⋅11am – 12:00pm at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (in the boardroom). The Roundhouse is located at: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC.

Children are welcomed. We will have snacks and coffee/juice as well as papers and crayons for children. We will have an efficient AGM and a good time together.

Our proposed board slate is Brigid Portner (chair), Adriana Contreras (vice-chair), Miriam Esquitin (treasurer), Miri Alony (secretary).

Your membership helps us engage the public of all ages in high quality creative processes and performances. Membership contributions allow for sustainability, as most of our programming is for free. Your support makes a big difference in our ability to grow our organization. Please email us to RSVP at foolishoperations [at] gmail [dot] com. We have the option to attend via zoom. Email us and we will send you the link!

The Roundhouse is located near the Yaletown/Roundhouse Skytrain station. There is ample bike parking. You can also park under the centre (access via Drake).

Paper Playground FAQ about age restrictions

FAQ: Can I bring a child under the recommended age?
Artist Julie Lebel responds:
Younger or older siblings of the participant’s recommended age are welcomed. Parents/ Caregivers may be asked to keep younger or older children close during the performance. We recognize that younger siblings are often used to the playing and slight bumping of older children; and that older siblings are constantly reminded to be aware of younger ones.

If you would like to come with a single child slightly younger than the recommended age, consider if the child is generally comfortable with older children. If they are not comfortable, the child may choose to sit with you. Or, the artists may ask you to keep them on your lap as an observer. Watching children dance is always great, lots to take in, lots to be inspired and bring home with you! Babies love to watch older children move and dance.

FAQ: Why this separation of ages?
The artists are thinking of children in their developmental learning. Children under two are developing their locomotion skills and are busy learning with their senses. Children between 3 and 5 are fast and agile and can get so involved in a task they don’t look around for shorter people…sometimes bumping into little children. 

Paper Playground in Port Coqutilam

Performance Dates:

October 4 and 5 2019


October 4: 10am-10:45am

October 5: 10am-10:45am, 11:30am -12:15pm and 1pm-1:45pm

Location: Michael Wright Art Gallery at Leigh Square Community Arts Village

2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3B8

Price: $7.28 / child between 3 and 5 yrs old.

Registration link:


A playful and interactive dance performance where children are free to join in and explore, because that’s what young ones do best! Paper Playground is a performance by Foolish Operations.

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, live music and projections. Paper Playground welcomes children in the midst of the performance space and they become essential collaborators in the performance. Exploring the theme of water with boats, fish, crabs and sharks, performers present irresistible invitations to roll, fall, and draw to welcome children into moving with the performers. 

Watch the video teaser here: 

Download the Participant’s Booklet here:

This project is supported by the City of Port Coquitlam through the Community Cultural Development Investment Program. We are very grateful for the support!


Yarn-Around was an Artist in Communities project at the Roundhouse Community Centre from January to August 2017. Wit community members, we explored the intersection of dance, yarn and collective narratives all over the Roundhouse community centre. This curious project had all ages investigate, play and move using brightly coloured yarn to animate railings, chairs, shrubs, and landscape architecture.  Community members had opportunities to create, invent and share impromptu performances in ways that were surprising and delighting as a participant and audience member.

This artist in community project was led by Foolish Operations in collaboration with  artists Julie Lebel, Carolina BergonzoniDiane Park and Peggy Leung.

Photo Credit: Durga Jane Rajah

A blog is dedicated to the documentation of this project and can be found here:

The Artists in Communities Program is based on principles of community cultural development and is funded by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Community Centre Associations. Its purpose is to support artists working with communities on issues of joint interest or concern.

Yarn-Around was supported by The Roundhouse Community Association and the Vancouver Park Board.


Test performance for babies

We are welcoming just over 10 babies and their adult(s) into this “test” performance. We invite you and your baby to watch a choreography by Julianne Chapple and Max Chadburn. This piece, called ‘No More Fantasies’, was not conceived specifically for babies but has elements that could be promising for this age group. We’d like to mesure attention, what babies are interested in, what they are not interested in.

Date February 15 2019,

Time: 1-1:45pm (We should all be done by 1:45pm, at the latest.)

Location: Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver

We’re looking for pre-walking babies, in the 6-12 month range. Register here:

We will be in Room B of the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre

We will be filming the babies reactions – but this video will not be shared publicly, it is only for Foolish Operation’s creative research purpose. Documentation may be shared with funding bodies such as the BC Arts Council, for grants purposes. Caregivers will be required to sign a documentation waver.

It’s ok to come with a sleeping baby, she/he might wake up during the performance, or not 😉 It’s ok to have your baby make noise,  move around, wiggle, etc. It’s ok to nurse, bottle feed your baby or have them drink water, however, snacks should be offered before or after.

Thank you for registering. This event is free thanks to the participation of the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, and the funding provided by the Cultural Office of the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia.