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 in a park 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.


Artistic direction: Julie Lebel

Dance artists contributors: Sophie Brassard, Isabelle Kirouac, Sarah Gallos and Caroline Liffmann.

Composer: Matthew Ariaratnam

Musicians & contributors:  Christina Cuglietta (violin), Natalie Kober (violin), Sabrina Mo (flute), Tara Rajah (cello) and Clara Rose (violin).

Friends Together song:

Melody: Rachael Wadham. Arrangement to flute and violin: Sabrina (Wing Ting) Mo and Christina Cuglietta. Lyrics: a collaboration of Christina Cuglietta, Sarah Dixon, Sarah Gallos, Isabelle Kirouac, Julie Lebel and Caroline Liffmann.

Bird calls composition: Cathy Stubington

Illustrator: Wen Wen Lu

Illustration development: Robin Lough and Wen Wen Lu

Outside eye and dramaturgy during the creative process: Sarah Dixon

Dramaturgy: Jo Leslie

Set design: Kimira Reddy

Puppet: Christine Reimer, Julie Lebel and Cathy Stubington

Artistic production: Xin Xuan Song

Coordination support: Lily Alice Malena-Morin

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 and the Walter Moberly StrongStart Program.

The funders

Canada Council for the Arts, City of Surrey, Neighbourhood Matching Fund, City of Port Coquitlam, 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.

Safety precautions

The process will be following safe distancing measures recommended by health authorities. Foolish Operations has a robust Covid-19 protocol and updates it to match any of the location requirements.

Blog posts » Moving Resting Nesting

  • 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

  • Behind the scenes: Developing the story of Moving Resting Nesting

  • Tara Rajah’s mentorship with Foolish Operations

  • Foolish Operations at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre Opening

  • Moving Resting Nesting at Bear Creek Park

  • Volunteers Needed for Outdoor Performance!