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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/test-performance-for-sitting-babies-6-12-months-approx-tickets-56050843582

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.


2019 Family Day Events!

Please consider joining us on Family Day either at Trout Lake Community Centre or at the Roundhouse Community Centre.


  • Dancing the Parenting Open Workshop, led by Sarah Gallos

Trout Lake Family Day: 11am-3pm. Location: 3350 Victoria Drive Vancouver. Our workshop is from 11:40am to 12pm in the Elm Room.  See all activities here

  • Freeze Draw! a movement and drawing game for all ages, led by Peggy Leung and Jenifer Aoki. 

Roundhouse Family Day: 11am-2pm.  Location: 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver, Room B. It is very accessible on the Canada Line. More information here. 

Photo credit: ©Julie Lebel

Paper Playground Props Making, 2 Volunteer Meet-Ups

We are looking for 15 volunteers to assemble many paper carpets for our upcoming presentations of a performance called Paper Playground. We will be working as a team to tape rolls of craft papers together to make large 18f by 18f paper carpets. We also need to prepare some of our props, which require cutting paper (lots of it!)

Dates & Times:

  • March 2 2019: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • March 10 2019: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre,  7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver, BC

Have a look at our teaser for an idea of our props: https://foolishoperations.org/paper-playground/

We need people who work well as a team, carful with materials, able to move easily from standing to sitting on the floor,  and who have good dexterity with scissors.

You can come for one or both of our paper carpet and props meet-ups. We need to build over 20 paper carpets for all of our performances this spring. We also need many paper “water drops” shapes to be cut.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paper-playground-props-making-volunteer-meet-ups-tickets-55395274758

Bring your snacks, some will also be provided. There is no store in the area to get food or take out. But the centre has a kitchen and we can use the microwave and fridge.

Ensemble Thinking – January 7-11 2019 in Vancouver

EnsembleThinkingWorkshopTO_22018-05-13 14.38.14 ©JulieLebel_WebRes

After a warm-up of Bartenieff inspired floor work and contact improvisation, we will explore Ensemble Thinking practice, towards an open showing at the end of the week.

While many improvisation practices are focused on articulating the solo body or the duet, this practice is  about working the ensemble – with tuning scores/tools to be applied in the open score form.

Dates, times and location:

A collaboration between Working Class and Foolish Operations:

  • Working Class: Mon, Wed and Fri 10am-12pm
  • Foolish Operations: Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm

Open showing: Friday January 11 form 1:30pm to 2:30pm. (Dancers’ call to re-warm and re-tune is from 12:30 to 1:30). The open showing welcomes dancers who came at least twice during the week.

Birmingham Studio @ The Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, VANCOUVER BC

Drop-ins: $12/class. If you have a Working Class card, you can use it on Mon, Wed and Fri. All are eligible for CADA West reimbursement. Payment by CASH or CHEQUE (made payable to the Contemporary Dance Training Society of Vancouver on Mon, Wed and Fri and to Foolish Operations Society on Tues and Thurs. Friday showing is free for performers, donation appreciated from audience members).
“Ensemble Thinking is a system of collaborative group performance practices. These compositional exercises refine the individual’s ability to perceive, initiate, and support collective action.” www.ensemblethinking.com

This workshop is open to standing or sitting (wheelchair) dancers and actors of 19yrs+, with experience in contemporary dance, theatre, improvisation, and/or contact improvisation. Dancing barefoot and in comfortable clothes that cover the knees and shoulders is recommended. Please phone the Dance Centre for full accessibility information.

The entire workshop will be filmed – to be shared (only) with Lower Left Company members – Nina Martin, Margaret Paek, Andrew Wass, Kelly Darlymple-Wass, as this workshop completes my (Julie Lebel) Ensemble Thinking Certification.

Photo Credit: ©Julie Lebel, A workshop in Toronto, May 2018 co-thought with Nina Martin, featuring Suzanne Liska, Tess Takahashi, Nina Martin, Tanya Williams and Pam Johnson.

Fall 2018 Dancing the Parenting info

Dancing the Parenting starting soon in Vancouver! 9:30 am Mondays or Wednesdays.

Monday practices start on September 10 at Creekside Community Centre, in the martial arts room. Message me (Julie Lebel, foolishoperations [at] gmail [dot] com) if you’d like to join.

For Wednesdays at Trout Lake Community Centre, register here. It starts October 10.

This program welcomes families who would like to try relationship-based dancing with their children. The Reggio Emilia inspired creative process introduces playful and creative exploration of developmental movement patterning and engaging parents into their own dancing just as much as the children. No experience necessary.

This free or almost free program is made possible through a partnership with the Vancouver Park Board, the City of Vancouver – Cultural Services, volunteers and Foolish Operations Society members.

The beautiful photo above was taken by photographer Yvonne Chew.

“Tricoter” Photos taken at our performance in Longueil QC!

Wonderful photos from Vanessa Fortin, by the magnificent backdrop of the sculpture “La force ouvrière” de Armand Vaillancourt. Tricoter was performed by Liane Thériault, the music was played by Jennifer Thiessen and hosted by Liliane Moussa. The performance was directly followed by a workshop. Many appreciated the playful aspect of the piece and loved the hand knitting workshop! Thanks to the City of Longueil for welcoming us!

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2-Day Ensemble Thinking Workshop

Update: Nina Martin will be teaching this weekend! Margaret Paek is unable to come due to health reasons. See Nina’s bio below.

Registration link: https://ensembleto.eventbrite.com

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.

Date and Times:
Saturday and Sunday May 12, 2018 and 13 2018 11:30am to 3pm

Intergalactic Arts Collective Studio 103 – Artscape Youngplace, 103 – 180 Shaw St. Toronto, Ontario

$110/person – please write to us if this not fit your budget, we’re happy to accommodate.

If you find yourself unable to budget for the price above, there is a deep reduction (total of $20) registration link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=45841826136

“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.” www.ensemblethinking.com

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

Taught by Julie Lebel (Vancouver/Foolish Operations) and Nina Martin (USA/Lower Left). See bios below.



Nina Martin’s (Lower Left co-founder) choreographic and improvisational work (Improvography) has been performed in Finland, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Venezuela, and the US including 17 years presenting her work while living in New York. Her choreography has received support from numerous sources including New York State Commission on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and seven choreography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Recently, she has received two Tommy’s (San Diego), an Irvine Foundation California Dancemaker Grant and collaborated with Shelley Senter and taught in Japan. Her work has been influenced by Elaine Summers, Mary Overlie, Trisha Brown, and Steve Paxton among other Post-Modern greats. Nina has performed with David Gordon Pick Up Company, Martha Clarke, Deborah Hay, and Simone Forti as well as being a founding member of Channel Z in New York. (see Sharing the Dance; Cynthia Novack.) Presently, Martin carves out a new dance destination in the wild west in Marfa, Texas.Julie Lebel is a Vancouver based choreographer invested in community engaged dance and in interactions between public space and community. She graduated from UQAM with a bachelor degree in Dance in 1998 and is based in Vancouver since 2005. Her choreography was shown at Tangente in Montréal, Pulse at the Dance Centre in Vancouver, SKAMpede festival in Victoria and Series 8:08 Season Finale in Toronto. Julie’s current projects are Tricoter, a short form solo for unusual spaces performed within a knitting circle and part of the new Des arts dehors program by Made in BC dance on Tour, Paper Playground, a creation for the very young premiered at the Surrey Children International Festival in May 2017, and the Foolish Operations Ensemble/Dancing the Parenting, an ongoing practice for parents dancing and performing with their young children. Julie is in the process of being certified in Ensemble Thinking under Nina Martin – Texas (a set of highly collaborative group composition tools). Her mentors are Karen Jamieson – Vancouver (embodied facilitation and Energy Body practice, 2012-2016), Patricia Reedy (Luna Dance Institute, CA, for her expertise in early years relationship based dance curriculum) and Kate Sutherland – Vancouver (group facilitation techniques, since 2014). Julie is the current Manager of Community Engagement at Made in BC – Dance on Tour. Foolish Operations Society (incorporated in the spring of 2016) is a not-for profit society dedicated to discovery and creation of dance experiences with artists and community. Foolishoperations.org

This project is supported by the Canada Council for the arts through a Travel Grant.