Moving Resting Nesting

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, at Bear Creek Park.

Set under a tree, children and their adults cozy 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. After each performance, families are invited to move and play.

Designed with site-flexibility in mind, the performance is available for inside or outside presentations.

Past performances (dates and locations)




2021 (all workshop showings)


  • Artistic director, author and choreographer: Julie Lebel
  • Contributing dance artists: Sophie Brassard, Sarah Gallos, Isabelle Kirouac, Caroline Liffmann.
  • Music and arrangements: Clara Rose – violin, Christina Cuglietta – violin, Natalie Kober – violin, Sabrina (Wing Ting) Mo – flute, Tara Rajah – cello, Annie Brown – violin, Masae Day – Violin.
  • Composer: Matthew Ariaratnam
  • Bird song composition: Cathy Stubington
  • “Friends Together” melody: Rachael Wadham
  • Lyrics to the song “Friends Together”: Christina Cuglietta, Sarah Dixon, Sarah Gallos, Isabelle Kirouac, Julie Lebel and Caroline Liffmann. Lyrics translation: Julie Lebel and Sarah Gallos.
  • Interdisciplinary artists: Sarah Dixon, Robin Lough and Wen Wen (Cherry) Lu in illustration, music, theater, visual arts, and cultural mediation practice.
  • Scenography and initial sounding nests (Outdoor version): Kimira (Bhikum) Reddy.
  • Tree design (indoor version): Harmonie Gary with the contribution of Gabrielle Poiré for the sewing.
  • Fabric sounding nests final version: A design of Harmonie Gary, assembled by Gabrielle Poiré and Isabelle He.
  • Light design (inside version): Andie Lloyd
  • Illustrator: Wen Wen Lu
  • Initial illustration development: Robin Lough and Wen Wen Lu
  • Storyboarding and dramaturgy contributor: Sarah Dixon
  • Dramaturg: Jo Leslie
  • Artistic production: Xin Xuan Song.
  • Coordination: Lily Alice Malena-Morin
  • Stage Management: Karen La

This project would not have come to life without the precious conversations with Marnie Perrin (Surrey SPARK Stages), Cathy Stubington (Run Away Moon Theatre), Carmen Rosen (Stillmoon Arts), Jacky Essombé (African Friendship Scoiety), Margaret Grenier (Dancers of Damelahamid) and Alvin Erasga Tolentino (Co. ERASGA).

Technical Rider

The Technical Rider can be found here

The partners

Surrey SPARK Stages, Surrey Libraries, Moberly Arts and Culture and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vernon Theatre and District, Still Moon Arts Society, African Friendship Society, Tartine et chocolat daycare, and the Sunset Preschool in Vancouver, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, SHARE Family and Community Service, Programme Franc Départ of École des Pionniers de Msaillardville, École des Pionniers de Maillardville and the Walter Moberly StrongStart Program.

The funders

Canada Council for the Arts, City of Surrey, Neighbourhood Matching Fund, City of Port Coquitlam, the Province of British Columbia and the BC Arts Council. As the creative process is also integrated in our Dancing the Parenting program, Moving Resting Nesting is also supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the City of Vancouver. Outdoor workshops related to Moving Resting Nesting were also funded through the support of the Canadian Red Cross in the Spring of 2020. We are grateful for this support, especially during the pandemic, as this project allows for professional artists and the community to gather and create together in new ways, while staying safe.

Blog posts » Moving Resting Nesting

  • MRN Digital Goodie Bag !

  • Moving Resting Nesting – May 2nd at Riley Park!

  • MRN on April 27th!

  • Lower Mainland 2024 Performance Series

  • A new series of shows and workshops in April 2024!

  • Moving Resting Nesting – March 11th in Port Coquitlam

  • Moving Resting Nesting : in the pages of a book!

  • Moving Resting Nesting at SFU Burnaby Mountain Campus!

  • Moving Resting Nesting Premiere at the Surrey Spark Stages

  • Moving Resting Nesting Educators’ Guide